John Hitchcock

Associate Vice President


John Hitchcock, PhD, is an Associate Vice President for Education Studies with 20+ years of experience in the design and conduct of rigorous research studies, research synthesis, and dissemination. He serves as a co-principal investigator for large-scale randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and as a co-project director for a research synthesis. He is the project director for the National Center for Education Evaluation’s (NCEE’s) Evaluating Programs and Strategies to Improve the Outcomes of Students with Disabilities; in this role he is directing the design of an impact evaluation of professional development for general and special education teachers. He is an expert in single-case design research, contributing to NCEE’s What Works Clearinghouse efforts to synthesize related evidence with RCTs and quasi-experiments. Hitchcock also serves as the principal investigator for the National Summer Learning and Enrichment Study, funded by the Wallace Foundation. This project entails conducting a national survey, an extensive set of interviews, and document analyses to understand summer programming across the U.S.

Previously, Hitchcock served as co-principal investigator on 3 large-scale RCTs to test the impacts of interventions designed to support children with special learning needs. He also served as a research director for a Regional Education Lab and as a director for 2 different university-based research centers. Hitchcock has written extensively about mixed methods research designs, supported research efforts in several international settings, and he provides editorial support for 2 peer-reviewed journals.


  • PhD, Educational Psychology and Methodology, University at Albany, State University of New York
  • CAS, Educational Research and Program Evaluation, University at Albany
  • MS, Educational Psychology and Statistics, University at Albany
  • BA, Psychology, University of Evansville


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