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Vicki L. Plano Clark
Title: Associate Professor
Office: 638N TEACHER-DYER
Vicki L. Plano Clark is an associate professor in the Quantitative and Mixed Methods Research Methodologies concentration of Educational Studies. As a methodologist specializing in mixed methods research, she studies the conduct of research that effectively integrates quantitative and qualitative approaches. Her scholarship focuses on delineating useful designs for conducting mixed methods research, examining procedural issues associated with these designs, and examining larger questions about the contexts for the adoption and use of mixed methods. She was the founding Managing Editor for the Journal of Mixed Methods Research and currently serves as an Associate Editor. In 2011, she co-led the development of Best Practices for Mixed Methods in the Health Sciences for NIH's Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research. In 2012 she became a founding co-editor of the new Mixed Methods Research Series with Sage Publications.
As an applied research methodologist, Vicki also engages in research and evaluation projects on a wide array of topics such as the management of cancer pain, the identity development of STEM graduate students, the professional development of teachers of Chinese, and the well-being of rural low-income families.
Before joining the University of Cincinnati in 2012, she was the director of the Office of Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research, a service and research unit that provided methodological support for proposal development and funded projects at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL). She also taught research methods courses in UNL's Educational Psychology department. Prior to that work, she spent 12 years developing innovative curricular materials for introductory physics as UNL's Physics Laboratory Manager.