John C. Creswell, Ph.D.

John W. Creswell, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor
Senior Research Scientist, Michigan Mixed Methods Program


Department of Family Medicine
University of Michigan Medical School
1018 Fuller St.
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104-1213

Administrative Contact

Rania Clark, (734) 998-7346, [email protected]


John W. Creswell, Ph.D. is the founder and world-renowned scholar in mixed methods. His 27 books (including new editions) in research methods are used around the world and translated into a dozen languages. He held an endowed professor chair at Nebraska, served as the director of the first Mixed Methods Center in the world, co-founded the Journal of Mixed Methods Research (SAGE), and he has been a Senior Fulbright Scholar to South Africa (2008) and to Thailand (2012). In 2011 he led a national working group at the National Institutes of Health developing “best practices” for mixed methods research in the health sciences. In spring 2013, Dr. Creswell was a Visiting Professor at Harvard’s School of Public Health and in 2014, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. In 2014- 2015 he served as the President of the Mixed Methods International Research Association (MMIRA).

Together with Michael D. Fetters, M.D., M.P.H., M.A., he leads the Michigan Mixed Methods Research and Scholarship Program, which runs workshops and offers consulting services on mixed methods research. 


Advanced Degrees
  • M.A., Student Personnel and Counseling, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, 1972
  • Ph.D., Higher Education Studies, Sociology, Cognate, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, 1974 
  • Maude Fling Research Fellow, The University of Nebraska‑-Lincoln, 1984.
  • Senior Fulbright Specialist Fellowship, South Africa, 2008
  • Senior Fulbright Specialist Fellowship, Thailand, 2012


Current Research
  • Addressing Mental Health Disparities in Refugee Children through Family and Community-based Prevention: A CBPR Collaboration and Hybrid Implementation Effectiveness Trial, NIH/NIMHD/Harvard Medical School, (PI Betancourt)