John Hitchcock (Ph.D., University at Albany, State University of New York) is an Associate Director at Westat, a firm that offers professional research and technical support services to help clients improve outcomes in health, education, social policy, and transportation. He has co-authored more than 70 pieces of scholarship (peer-reviewed journal articles, national reports, books, and book chapters) and several editorials. He has presented research at conferences more than 150 times and according to Google Scholar his collective works have been cited more than 6,000 times.
Prior to joining Westat, Dr. Hitchcock held tenured academic appointments at Ohio University and Indiana University, and he served on a U.S. Department of Education panel that developed standards for assessing the causal validity of single-case experimental designs. He is a mixed methods researcher with 20 years of experience with grant funded program evaluation, research syntheses, and randomized controlled trials in education. He has been funded by Arnold Ventures to lead two experimental investigations of high school dropout prevention programs.
Currently, Hitchcock is the Principal Investigator of the Wallace-Funded National Summer Learning and Enrichment Study, and the Director of the Institute for Educational Science's project: "Design and Conduct of An Impact Evaluation of Professional Development For General And Special Education Teachers to Improve Instruction And Academic Outcomes For Students With Disabilities.” His two most recent books are: The Routledge Handbook for Advancing Integration in Mixed Methods Research (co-edited with Dr, Onwuegbuzie) and Outside the Academy: Discover Social Science Careers in Consulting and Government Settings (Published by Routledge and co-authored with Drs. Stacey Merola and Mercedes Rubio). Across these roles, Hitchcock’s central purposes are to develop empiical findings that can inform education policy and practice, and advance the conduct of research methods and design.