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  • Position: School Faculty
  • Department: Psychology
  • Campus Address: Sloan Hall 224, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
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  • Phone: (989) 774-3001​
  • Vitae: Cu​rriculum Vitae


Michael Hixson received his Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis and Specialist degree in School Psychology fr​om Western Michigan University in 1999. He has worked as a school psychologist for Ionia Public Schools and Kalamazoo Public Schools. He has been at Central Michigan University since 2001. In addition to undergraduate teaching, he teaches and supervises school psychology graduate students, and he directs the Learning Acceleration Clinic through the Psychological Training and Consultation Center.

Research Interest:

My primary research has been in the areas of curriculum-based measurement and academic interventions. I am interested in the study of learning and behavior problems from a behavior analytic perspective. A particular area of interest is in how previous learning affects later learning.

Recent Research:

Fursa, S. R., Hixson, M. D., Drevon, D. D., & Nutkins, C. (2019). A comparison of prompting methods for teaching sight words. Behavioral Interventions.

Rigney, A. M., Hixson, M. D., & Drevon, D. D. (Accepted). Headsprout: A systematic review of the evidence. Journal of Behavioral Education.

Drevon, D. D. & Hixson, M. D. (2019). Reductive interventions. In K. C. Radley & E. H. Dart (Eds.), Handbook of behavioral interventions in schools: Multi-tiered systems of supports.(pp. xxx-xxx). Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.

Drevon, D. D., Hixson, M. D., Wyse, R. D., & Rigney, A. M. (2018). A meta-analytic investigation of the evidence for check-in check-out. Psychology in the Schools. Advance online publication. doi:10.1002/pits.22195

Taipalus, A. C., Hixson, M. D., Kanouse, S. K., Wyse, R. D., & Fursa, S. (2017). Effects of therapy balls on children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Behavioral Interventions, 32, 418-426.

Bruni, T. P., & Hixson, M. D. (2017). Beyond sight words: Reading programs for people with intellectual disabilities. Behavioral Development Bulletin, 22, 249-257.

Bruni, T. P., Drevon, D., Hixson, M. D., Wyse, R. (2017). The Effect of Functional Behavioral Assessment on School Based Interventions: A Meta-Analysis of Single-Case Research. Psychology in the Schools, 54, 351-369.