karen-dixonAssistant Director

Karen Dixon, Ph.D., has a passion to improve opportunities for education, employment and health care for people with developmental and physical disabilities.  She believes everyone should have an opportunity to pursue their interests and achieve their best, happiest and fulfilled life. As the Assistant Director she is able to contribute to the improvement and success of the Horizon’s programs.

Dixon received her PhD from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship, she was appointed an Assistant Professor in the Neurobiology Department and Assistant Director of Program Development at the Civitan International Research Center at UAB.  During her time at the Civitan Center, Dr. Dixon developed training programs for parents with children with developmental disorders and chronic diseases, family-centered healthcare, and taught classes on neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr. Dixon is the co-founder of an international parent organization, Parents of Infants and Children with Kernicterus.

In her spare time, Dixon is a glass artist and former gallery/studio owner, and sells her work at local art shows. She loves the beach, swimming, reading and spending time with her son, Jess, and Tom, her husband of 30 years.