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Melanie Livet

Assistant Professor

Melanie Livet, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


(919) 966-9597
Kerr Hall, Suite 2400, CB# 7574, Chapel Hill, NC, 27599

Melanie Livet, Ph.D., is an applied researcher, with specialized expertise in implementation science, technology validation, and program evaluation. Dr. Livet joined the Center for Medication Optimization (CMO) at the UNC Eshelman School Pharmacy in September 2016 as a Research Assistant Professor and Implementation Scientist. She contributes to advancing the field of pharmacy through integration and tailoring of implementation science best practices and applied research methodologies to pharmacy practice.

Over her career, Dr. Livet has contributed to the management and execution of more than 50 projects in the areas of pharmacy practice, behavioral health, chronic disease prevention, and public health. Her areas of interest include application and testing of implementation science practices, capacity building and organizational readiness strategies, adaptation and sustainability of evidence-based interventions, program evaluation methodologies, and web-based technologies to support effective transfer of evidence-based practices into service settings. Dr. Livet authored and co-authored more than 30 articles in peer-reviewed journals on diverse implementation science and evaluation topics.

Prior to joining CMO, Dr. Livet worked in both the private sector and academia, in applied research and management roles for a technology R&D firm, a public health government contracting organization, and a University-based Center. Livet received her PhD in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina in 2006.

  • Implementation Science
    • Implementation frameworks and systems
    • Capacity building (e.g., coaching), organizational capacity, and readiness building strategies
    • Adaptation and sustainability
  • Quality Improvement
  • Program Evaluation (especially participatory and utilization-focused approaches)
  • Applied Research Designs and Methodologies
  • Mixed Methods Research (with a focus on qualitative methods)

  • Livet, M., Blanchard, C., Sorensen, T.D., & Roth McClurg, M. (2018, in press). An implementation system for medication optimization: Operationalizing Comprehensive Medication Management Delivery in Primary Care. Journal of American College of Clinical Pharmacy.
  • Livet, M., Haines, S.T., Curran, G., Seaton, T., Ward, C., Sorensen, T., & McClurg, M.R. (2018). Implementation science to Advance Care Delivery: A Primer for Pharmacists and Other Health Professionals. Pharmacotherapy, 38, 490-502. 
  • Livet, M., & Fixsen, A. (2018). Adapting a technology-based implementation support tool for community mental health: Challenges and lessons learned. Health Promotion Practice, 1-11. 10.1177/1524839917749468
  • Livet, M., Yannayon, M., Sheppard, K., Kocher, K., Upright, J., & McMillen, J. (2017). Exploring provider use of a digital implementation support system for school mental health: A pilot study. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 1-19.
  • Blanchard, C., Livet, M. Ward, C., Sorge, L., Sorensen, T., & McClurg, M.R. (2017). The Active Implementation Frameworks: A roadmap for advancing implementation of CMM in Primary Care. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, 13, 922-929.
  • Livet, M., Yannayon, M., Kocher, K., & McMillen, J. (2017). Intent to sustain use of a mental health innovation by school providers: What matters most?. Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, 10(2), 127-146.
  • Livet, M., Courser, M., & Wandersman, A. (2008). The Prevention Delivery System: Organizational context and use of comprehensive programming frameworks.  American Journal of Community Psychology, 41 (3-4), 361-378.
  • Livet, M., Richter, J., Ellison, L., Dease, B., McClure, L., Feigley, C., & Richter, D. (2005). Emergency preparedness academy adds public health to readiness equation. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, Nov Supplement, 4-10.
  • Richter, J., Livet, M., Stewart, J., Feigley, C.E., Scott, G., & Richter, D. (2005). Coastal terrorism: Using tabletop discussion to enhance coastal communities infrastructure through relationship building. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, Nov Supplement, 45-49. 
  • Hoffman, Y., Everly, G.S., Werner, D., Livet, M., Madrid, P.A., Pfefferbaum, B., & Beaton, R. (2005). Identification and evaluation of mental health and psychosocial preparedness resources from the centers for public health preparedness. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, Nov Supplement, 138-142.
  • Keener, D.C., Snell-Johns, J., Livet, M., & Wandersman, A. (2004). Lessons that influenced the current conceptualization of empowerment evaluation: Reflections from two evaluation projects. In Fetterman, D., and Wandersman. A. (Eds), Empowerment Evaluation Principles in Practice. Guilford Publications.
  • Livet, M., & Wandersman, A. (2004). Organizational functioning: Facilitating effective interventions and increasing the odds of programming success. In Fetterman, D., and Wandersman. A. (Eds), Empowerment Evaluation Principles in Practice. Guilford Publications.
  • Wandersman, A., Snell-Johns, J., Keener, D.C., Livet, M., Fetterman, D., Lentz, B., Imm, P., & Flaspohler, P. (2004). Principles of Empowerment Evaluation. In Fetterman, D., and Wandersman. A. (Eds), Empowerment Evaluation Principles in Practice. Guilford Publications.
  • Wandersman, A., Keener, D. C., Snell-Johns, J., Miller, R., Flaspohler, P., Dye (Livet), M.L., Mendez, J., Behrens, T., & Bolson, B. (2004). Empowerment evaluation: Principles and Action. In Jason, L. A., Keys, C. B., Suarez-Balcazar, Y., Taylor, R. R., and Davis, M., (Eds.). Participatory community research: Theories and methods in action. American Psychological Association: Washington, D.C.

  • Ph.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology, University of South Carolina, August 2006.
  • B.A. in Psychology, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, May 1998. 
  • Baccalauréat es Lettres Latin-Anglais (Certificate of Maturity, Type B), Gymnase de Chamblandes, Switzerland, July 1992.