Study Visits

Individuals and groups can spend an extended amount of time working with and learning from specific FPG projects by arranging Study Visits with individual project directors and principal investigators.

If you'd like to inquire about the possibility of a Study Visit, the full list of FPG Projects with descriptions and contact information is available here.  A list of current study visitors is available here.  

Recent Study Visitors

Marie-Therese Schultes from Vienna, Austria, visited the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) in August and September 2013. Marie-Therese is a research associate at the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Vienna. She currently is working on her dissertation centering on the implementation of evidence-based interventions. Her primary research interest is finding and developing adequate measures of the uses of evidence-based programs in practice and ways to link these measures to program outcomes. 

Dean Fixsen, co-director of the NIRN, was “delighted to have Marie-Therese with us for a few weeks.  She represents the best and brightest of the next generation of implementation researchers.”  During her stay at the NIRN, Marie-Therese learned more about how theoretical frameworks of implementation can be applied to practice settings. She will incorporate the acquired knowledge into her home institution’s projects and into her dissertation.  The NIRN intends to learn more about implementation in Europe and its applications in different styles of human service systems.  On the whole, the cooperation between the University of Vienna and the NIRN will bring new perspectives to implementation research and practice in Austria and the US.

FPG Scientist Ann Cox (center) and a group of scholars from Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh visiting the U.S. capitol en route to a school site in Northern Virginia. These visiting scholars spent February 2013 with FPG to learn about the NPDC Professional Development Model and to be trained in its use with children and youth with ASD. They also visited school programs where the model is being implemented in Indiana and in Virginia to talk with actual practitioners, school administrators, and coaches about the benefits of the program for increasing the use of evidence-based practices for students with ASD.  In 2014 Dr. Cox will host another group of scholars from Saudi Arabia.  While visiting FPG they will learn to use the Autism Program Environment Rating Scale (APERS) with proficiency. 


Haiying Guo, from Hebei, China, worked with Pam Winton and Chih-Ing Lim from CONNECT between August 2013 to August 2014. Haiying is a Professor of Special Education at Handan College and the goal of her stay was to translate and adapt CONNECT Modules for the Chinese context. While at FPG, Haiying also observed how early childhood inclusion is being implemented in early childhood classrooms. She will also be working on studying the implementation and application of CONNECT Module 1: Embedded Interventions in early childhood programs in Beijing.