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Alexis Kirk, PhD – Director of Implementation Science

Alexis Kirk, PhD

Dr. Alexis Kirk is the Director of Implementation Science at Centerstone’s Research Institute where she focuses on building buy-in for change and creating supportive environments for implementing and sustaining change. Kirk works with leaders and teams to assess organizational readiness for change, identify existing organizational strengths and potential barriers to change, set goals and engage in strategic planning, and monitor progress for continuous learning and improvement. She helps teams prepare their systems for change by focusing on leadership skills for managing change, organizational culture and climate, effective workforce development practices (e.g., hiring, training, coaching, and teaming), and building infrastructures (e.g., communication and feedback loops, co-creation processes) to sustain change. Kirk leverages her skills in meeting facilitation, action planning, coaching, teaching, and training to build the competence and confidence of leaders and teams to help them meet their goals.

Prior to joining Centerstone in 2020, Kirk worked as a public health analyst and implementation specialist designing and leading change at the federal, state, and local levels, across a variety of sectors, including healthcare, government, public health, mental health, and the nonprofit sector. She has extensive experience developing and implementing national quality reporting programs for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as well as consulting with teams to facilitate statewide scale-ups and pilots of evidence-based programs.

Kirk earned her PhD in health policy and management from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also holds a master’s in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor of arts in public policy from Duke University.

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