Wynne Norton

National Cancer Institute


Dr. Wynne E. Norton is a Program Director in the Implementation Science Team in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
In her role at NCI, she assists with the expansion of research activities in implementation science, with a focus on healthcare delivery across the cancer control continuum, pragmatic trials in implementation science, and de-implementation of ineffective cancer-focused practices, programs, and interventions. Building on a novel, graduate level course she developed and taught during her time in academia (Norton, 2014), Dr. Norton is actively involved in training activities for the extramural research community, including serving as a member of the steering committee and faculty for the Training Institute on Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (TIDIRH; 2016, 2017, 2018) and the Training Institute on Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer (TIDIRC; 2018). Within NIH, she is a member of the Trans-NIH D&I Working Group and a co-instructor for the Introduction to Implementation Science course offered through the NIH Foundation for Advanced Education in the Science (FAES).
Prior to joining the NCI in July 2015, Dr. Norton was an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She was also Fellow in the inaugural class of the Implementation Research Institute (2009-2010) and a Scholar in the Mixed Methods Research Training Program (2015). During her time in academia, she received funding for her research as PI or Co-I from NIH, AHRQ, Commonwealth Fund, CDC, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Donaghue Foundation.
Dr. Norton serves 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 (PDF). In 2010, she co-chaired a state-of-the-art conference on the science and practice of scale-up and spread in health with Dr. Brian Mittman and Joe McCannon. She has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles across a range of journals (e.g., Journal of Clinical Oncology, Implementation Science, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, and JAMA Dermatology), two book chapters, and is a co-editor of the textbook, Advancing the Science of Implementation across the Cancer Continuum (OUP, 2018). Dr. Norton routinely gives invited talks on implementation science to a range of professional societies, funding agencies, and academic institutions (e.g., International Agency for Research on Cancer, World Bank, and the American Association of Cancer Research). She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Connecticut (2009), Storrs, CT, and her B.A. with honors in psychology from the College of William & Mary (2004), Williamsburg, VA.
Dr. Norton is grateful for the opportunity to be a Fellow in the inaugural class (2009) of the Implementation Research Institute (IRI). She credits her career advancement and professional achievements to her participation in IRI, which gave her the opportunity to work with and be mentored by some of the most prominent leaders in the field. She is also grateful for the connections she made with other cohort fellows and has enjoyed watching them become leaders in the field.