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Wynne E. Norton, PhD

Wynne E. Norton


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Wynne E. Norton, PhD, is a Program Officer for the Implementation Science Team in the Office of the Director in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Within the Division, she assists with the development and expansion of research and training activities related to implementation science, with a particular focus on healthcare delivery, de-implementation, and scaling-up effective health practices and programs across the cancer control continuum.   

Prior to joining the Implementation Science Team in July 2015, Dr. Norton was a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Behavior in the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her program of research focused on advancing the science of implementation of evidence-based health practices and interventions in a variety of health care and public health settings. While at UAB, Dr. Norton also developed and taught an innovative graduate-level course on dissemination and implementation science, leveraging a collaborative learning structure to involve both public health students and academic faculty (Norton, 2014). Dr. Norton was a finalist for the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at UAB in 2015 and 2013, respectively.

Dr. Norton received her PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Connecticut where she studied behavioral science, intervention development, health psychology, and experimental methods. Her dissertation research was funded by an individual (F31) National Research Service Award (NRSA) from the National Institute of Mental Health and tested the comparative effectiveness of condom-promotion interventions in a randomized controlled trial with young adults (Norton et al., 2012). Dr. Norton was a Scholar in the inaugural cohort (2015) of the NIH-funded Mixed Methods Research Training Program at the Johns Hopkins University, Harvard University and the University of Nebraska and a Fellow in the inaugural cohort (2010-2011) of the NIH- and VA-funded Implementation Research Institute at the Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Norton is on the editorial board for the journal Implementation Science and was a member of the steering committee of the World Health Organization’s Implementation Research Toolkit ( In 2010, along with Joe McCannon and Dr. Brian Mittman, she co-chaired a state-of-the-art conference on the science and practice of scale-up and spread in health (Norton et al., 2012), funded in part by AHRQ, Commonwealth Fund, IHI, VA and the Donaghue Foundation. Dr. Norton received her Master’s in Social Psychology from the University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT) and her BA in Psychology with University Honors Distinction from the College of William & Mary (Williamsburg, VA).

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