Dawn Nixon staff portait


Dawn Nixon, PsyD, is an infant and early childhood mental health professional. Her extensive experience and accomplishments focus on improving outcomes for at-risk children and families in rural and urban environments.

Nixon has extensive experience working with children, parents, and staff of Head Start, Early Head Start, and Home Visiting programs, particularly within tribal communities. She has a strong interest in cross-sector collaborations to improve the early childhood system of care and reduce the stress of system-engagement on families. Through a collaborative approach, her work has supported improvements in early childhood classroom environments, the inclusion of reflective practice in early care and primary care settings, and the increased availability of mental health services for infants and children.

A licensed psychologist, Nixon holds a PsyD in counseling psychology from the University of St. Thomas and an MA in educational psychology/counseling from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. She holds an IMH Endorsement as an Infant Mental Health Mentor at the Clinical level (level IV)

Speaking Highlights

Supporting Community: Trauma-informed Care

Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Home Visitation Program
Hayward, WI

Evaluation within a Tribal Community

Brazelton Touchpoints Center Annual Conference
Boston, MA

Minwaajimo (Telling a Good Story): Touchpoints within a Tribal Community

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Conference
Lake Geneva, WI