Dr Lyons has a PhD in Psychology. He has held previous appointments at the University of Melbourne as a Research Fellow and at Newcastle University (United Kingdom) as a Lecturer in Psychology.
Dr Lyons carries out research on the health and wellbeing of marginalised populations. A major focus is mental health, with his work identifying factors and pathways for improving mental health and resilience in diverse populations such as sexual minorities (LGBT) and people living with HIV. Dr Lyons also conducts research on sexual health. Related to his work on marginalisation, Dr Lyons also studies the social pressures that shape how we communicate about stereotyped populations and the ways these communications contribute to perpetuating prejudice and discrimination. His work is multidisciplinary, bringing together public health, social psychology, health psychology, and positive psychology.
Dr Lyons utilises a diverse range of statistical analysis techniques for answering empirical and theoretical questions. His work ranges from laboratory-based social psychological experiments to large national and multinational surveys.
Dr Lyons has published 54 journal articles, book chapters, and monographs, and has had his work presented at more than 20 national and international meetings and conferences. His research has been cited more than 700 times in the academic literature, and has been featured in the media, including The Age, ABC Radio, New York Times, and the Huffington Post.