Dean Fixsen, PhD


Research Professor 
Maternal and Child Health

Senior Scientist 
Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute


FPG Child Devlopment Institute 
Campus Box 8040 
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8040 
T: 919-966-3892


1968  Kansas State College of Pittsburgh  BA, Psychology

1968  University of Kansas  MA, Psychology

1970  University of Kansas  PhD, Psychology

1971  University of Kansas  NIMH Post-doctoral Fellowship, Human Development

Research Interests

  • Development of the science, practice, and policy of implementation
  • Development and evaluation of implementation, organizational change, and system reinvention strategies and methods in human services and education
  • Development of strategies for improving policy making in education and human service systems
  • Development of state and national policies in support of implementation of evidence-based programs and other innovations with fidelity and good outcomes for the intended beneficiaries
  • Applied research

 Key Publications

Blase K, Van Dyke M, Fixsen D, Wallace BF. (2012)
Implementation science: Key concepts, themes, and evidence for practitioners in educational psychology. In B. Kelly & D. Perkins (Eds.), Handbook of implementation science for psychology in education (pp. 13-34). London: Cambridge University Press.