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Caryn S. Ward

Caryn S. Ward

Caryn S. Ward

Senior Implementation Specialist
Sheryl-Mar North, Room 169
Campus Box 8040
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8040

Academic Affiliation 

Clinical Assistant Professor
School of Education
Adjunct Associate Professor
School of Pharmacy


School Psychology,
North Carolina State University
Experimental Psychology,
University of North Carolina Wilmington
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

Area(s) of Work

Biographical Statement 

Caryn Ward, PhD, is the associate director of education and measurement for the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Ward provides intensive, informed implementation supports to state and local education systems nationally through her work as the co-director of the State Implementation and Scaling-up of Evidence-based Practices Center, Center on School Turnaround, and National Center for Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning. In addition, she co-leads the development of several implementation capacity measures and fidelity measures for use within state and local education systems. Previously, she provided direct and indirect services as a school psychologist, a Response to Intervention (RTI) district coordinator, and the project director for the North Carolina RTI Consortium. The consortium developed several implementation tools under Dr. Ward's leadership such as the Implementation Roadmap and others to develop implementation capacity, solve problems, and assure organization wide evidence-based practice use and sustainability.