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Vicki L. Plano Clark

Title: Associate Professor
Office: 638N Teachers College
Tel: 513-556-2610
Email: planocvi@ucmail.uc.edu

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.

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2005 (Quantitative and Qualitative Methods in Education).
  • M.S., Michigan State University, 1993 (Physics).
  • B.A., Kalamazoo College, 1990 (Physics).

Research Information

Research Support

  • (PI), Plano Clark, Vicki; Stringfield, Samuel, RTTT-Evaluation of Ohio Network of Education, Transformation (ONET) Schools, Department of Education. (60040369-UC), $16,661.00. 04-01-2013 to 06-30-2014. Status: Awarded.
  • (Collaborator), Boat, Mary Barbara; Brown, Rhonda; Carr, Victoria; Kloos, Adelheid; Maltbie, Catherine; Plano Clark, Vicki, STEM in the PlayScape: Building Knowledge for Educational Practice, National Science Foundation. (DRL-1516191), $1,116,905.00. 01-15-2016 to 12-31-2018. Status: Awarded.
  • (Collaborator), Dariotis, Jacinda; Moore, Janet; Plano Clark, Vicki, REDUCING MASS INCARCERATION BY IMPROVING PUBLIC DEFENSE: DEFINING AND ASSESSING QUALITY ATTORNEY-CLIENT COMMUNICATION, UC's University Research Council. (URC Interdisciplinary Award AY2015-16), $25,000.00. 05-01-2016 to 04-30-2017. Status: Active.

Publications

Peer-reviewed Publications

  • Klassen, A. C., Creswell, J., Plano Clark, V. L., Smith, K. C., & Meissner, H. I. (2012). Best practices in mixed methods for quality of life research [Commentary]. Quality of Life Research, 21 (3), 377-380.
  • Curry, L. A., O’Cathain, A., Plano Clark, V. L., Aroni, R., Fetters, M., & Berg, D. (2012). The role of group dynamics in mixed methods health sciences research teams. Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 6 (1), 5-20.
  • Plano Clark, V. L. (2010). The adoption and practice of mixed methods: U.S. trends in federally funded health-related research. Qualitative Inquiry, 16 (6), 428-440.
  • Plano Clark, V. L., Garrett, A. L., & Leslie-Pelecky, D. L. (2010). Applying three strategies for integrating quantitative and qualitative databases in a mixed methods study of a nontraditional graduate education program. Field Methods, 22 (2), 154-174.
  • Buck, G., Leslie-Pelecky,D., & Plano Clark, V. (2008). Science role models for adolescent girls. Science Scope, 32, 40-43.
  • Buck, G. A., Plano Clark, V. L., Leslie-Pelecky, D. L., Lu, Y., & Cerda-Lizarraga, P. (2008). Examining the cognitive processes used by adolescent girls and women scientists in identifying science role models: A feminist approach. Science Education, 92 (4), 688-707.
  • Plano Clark, V. L., Huddleston-Casas, C. A., Churchill, S. L., Green, D. O., & Garrett, A. L. (2008). Mixed methods approaches in family science research. Journal of Family Issues, 29 (11), 1543-1566.
  • Churchill, S. L., Plano Clark, V. L., Prochaska-Cue, M. K., Creswell, J. W., & Ontai-Grzebik, L. (2007). How rural low-income families have fun: A grounded theory study. Journal of Leisure Research, 39 (2), 271-294.
  • Creswell, J. W., Hanson, W. E., Plano Clark, V. L., & Morales-Escoto, M. (2007). Qualitative research designs: Selection and implementation. The Counseling Psychologist, 35 (2), 236-264.
  • Buck, G. A., Leslie-Pelecky, D. L., Lu, Y., Plano Clark, V. L., & Creswell, J. W. (2006). The self-definition of women experiencing a non-traditional graduate assistantship program. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 43 (8), 852-873.
  • Creswell, J., Shope, R., Plano Clark, V. L., & Green, D. O. (2006). How interpretive qualitative research extends mixed methods research. Research in the Schools, 13 (1), 1-11.
  • Hanson, W. E., Creswell, J. W., Plano Clark, V. L., Petska, K. P., & Creswell, J. D. (2005). Mixed methods research designs in counseling psychology. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 52 (2), 224-235.
  • Plano Clark, V. L., Miller, D. L., Creswell, J. W., McVea, K., McEntarffer, R., Harter, L. M., & Mickelson, W. T. (2002). In conversation: High school students talk to students about tobacco use and prevention strategies. Qualitative Health Research, 12 (9), 1264-1283.
  • Stentz, J. E., Plano Clark, V. L., & Matkin, G. S. (2012). Applying mixed methods to leadership research: A review of current practices. The Leadership Quarterly (In press). .

Published Books

  • Creswell, J. W., & Plano Clark, V. L. (2011). Designing and conducting mixed methods research (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.
  • Plano Clark, V. L., & Creswell, J. W. (2010). Understanding research: A consumer's guide. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.
  • Plano Clark, V. L., & Creswell, J. W. (2008). The mixed methods reader. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.
  • Creswell, J. W., & Plano Clark, V. L. (2007). Designing and conducting mixed methods research (1st ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.
  • Fuller, R. G., Plano Clark, V. L., & Rogers, J. A. (2004). The essential exponential! For the future of our planet. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education (Co-Editor).

Book Chapters

  • Plano Clark, V. L., & Badiee, M. (2010). Research questions in mixed methods research. Handbook of mixed methods research (2nd ed.) (pp. 275-304).). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.
  • Plano Clark, V. L., & Wang, S. C. (2010). Adapting mixed method research to multicultural counseling. Handbook of multicultural counseling (3rd ed.) (pp.427-438).). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.
  • Creswell, J. W., Fetters, M. D., Plano Clark, V. L., & Morales, A. (2009). Mixed methods intervention trials. Mixed methods research for nursing and the health sciences (pp.161-180).). Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.
  • Creswell, J. W., Plano Clark, V. L., & Garrett, A. L. (2008). Methodological issues in conducting mixed methods research designs. Advances in mixed methods research: Theories and applications (pp.66-83).). London: SAGE.
  • Plano Clark, V. L., Creswell, J. W., Green, D. O., & Shope, R. J. (2008). Mixing quantitative and qualitative approaches: An introduction to emergent mixed methods research. The handbook of emergent methods (pp.363-387).). New York: Guilford Press.
  • Green, D. O., Creswell, J. W., Shope, R. J., & Plano Clark, V. L. (2007). Grounded theory and diversity. The handbook of grounded theory (pp.444-464).). London: SAGE.
  • Ivankova, N. V., Creswell, J.W., & Plano Clark, V. L. (2007). Foundations and approaches to mixed methods research. First steps in research (pp.253-282).). Hatfield, South Africa: Van Schaik Publishers.
  • Creswell, J. W., Plano Clark, V. L., Guttman, M., & Hanson, W. (2003). Advanced mixed methods research designs. Handbook of mixed methods research (pp.209-240).). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Presentations & Lectures

Invited Presentations

  • Plano Clark, V. L., & Schumacher, K. (2012). The design and practice of mixed methods research Invited workshop, 8th annual Mixed Methods International Conference, Leeds, U.K..
  • Plano Clark, V. L., & Shumacher, K. (2011). The design and practice of mixed methods research School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco.
  • Plano Clark, V. L., & Creswell, J. W. (2011). The practice of mixed methods research from a disciplinary-based perspective Invited workshop, 7th annual Mixed Methods International Conference, Leeds, U.K..
  • Plano Clark, V. L. (2011). Embedding qualitative methods within randomized clinical trials (RCTs): Possibilities and tensions of mixing methods Invited keynote address, 7th annual Mixed Methods International Conference, Leeds, U.K..
  • Plano Clark, V. L. (2011). An introduction to mixed methods research University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • Plano Clark, V. L. (2010). Emerging trends in mixed methods research Invited presentation, EN4MRB Evaluation Network Conference, Omaha, NE.
  • Plano Clark, V. L., & Creswell, J. W. (2010). Mixed methods research and the practice of research Invited workshop, 6th annual Mixed Methods International Conference, Baltimore, MD.
  • Plano Clark, V. L. (2010). Qualitative research methods workshop - Part 2: Data analysis NSF-sponsored workshop, Milwaukee Convention Center, Milwaukee, WI.
  • Plano Clark, V. L. (2009). Qualitative research methods workshop - Part 1: Data collection University of California, Berkeley, CA.
  • Creswell, J. W., & Plano Clark, V. L. (2009). Conducting mixed methods research and the practice of research Invited workshop, 6th annual Mixed Methods International Conference, Harrogate, U.K..
  • Plano Clark, V. L. (2009). Designing mixed methods studies in leadership research Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, WI.
  • Plano Clark, V. L., & Galt, K. (2009). Research methods: Using a mixed methods approach to strengthen instrument development and validation Invited Presentation, American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Annual Meeting & Exposition (APhA2009), San Antonio, TX.
  • Creswell, J. W., & Plano Clark, V. L. (2009). How to design a mixed methods study University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland.

Experience & Service

Work Experience

  • 1993 to 2005, Physics Laboratory Manager, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  • 2005 to 2012, Research Assistant Professor in Quantitative, Qualitative, and Psychometrics Program, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  • 2012 to 2012, Research Associate Professor in Quantitative, Qualitative, and Psychometrics Methods Program, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  • 2004 to 2008, Co-Director of the Office of Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  • 2008 to 2012, Director of the Office of Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.