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Timothy C. Guetterman, Ph.D., M.A.

Assistant Professor
Co-Director, Michigan Mixed Methods Program


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

Administrative Contact

Lilly Pritula, 734-998-7346,


Timothy C. Guetterman, Ph.D., is an applied research methodologist. Dr. Guetterman’s empirical work is focused on enhancing health communication through technology. His other research, scholarship, and teaching are in mixed methods research methodology. Much of his methodological research focuses on integrating qualitative and quantitative data, particularly using visual displays. He serves on three U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded mixed methods studies, which involve understanding healthcare communication and testing interventions. He also conducts research on teaching and learning mixed methods research in his role as evaluator for the NIH-funded Mixed Methods Research Training Program for the Health Sciences. Dr. Guetterman has extensive professional experience conducting program evaluation with a focus on healthcare and educational programs. He recently co-authored the sixth edition of Educational Research: Planning, Conducting, and Evaluating Quantitative and Qualitative Research, with John W. Creswell, adjunct professor. The textbook is available now from Pearson.

Areas of Interest

Research Interests
  • Enhancing health communication through technology
  • Mixed methods research
  • Developing the capacity to conduct research
  • Assessment methods
Professional Organizations
  • Mixed Methods International Research Association
  • American Evaluation Association 
  • American Educational Research Association 


Advanced Degrees

Ph.D., University of Nebraska, Department of Educational Psychology, Lincoln, NE, 2015
M.A., The University of Iowa, Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation, and Student Development, Iowa City, IA, 2003 

Published Articles or Reviews

Key Publications
  1. Guetterman TC, Creswell JW, Deutsch C, Gallo JJ. Process Evaluation of a Retreat for Scholars in the First Cohort The NIH Mixed Methods Research Training Program for the Health Science. Journal of Mixed Methods Research. 26 Oct 2016. DOI: 10.1177/1558689816674564
  2. Guetterman TC, Fetters MD, Creswell JW. Integrating quantitative and qualitative results in health science mixed methods research through joint displays. Ann Fam Med, 2015;13(6):554-61. PMCID: PMC4639381 DOI: 10.1370/afm.1865
  3. Guetterman T, Creswell JW, Kuckartz U. Using joint displays and MAXQDA software to represent the results of mixed methods research. In M. McCrudden, G. Schraw, & C. Buckendahl (Eds.), Use of visual displays in research and testing: Coding, interpreting, and reporting data. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing. 2015
  4. Guetterman TC. Qualitative sample sizes: Descriptions of sampling practices within five approaches to qualitative research in education and the health sciences. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 2015;16(2), retrieved from
  5. Guetterman TC. What distinguishes a novice from an expert mixed methods researcher? Quality & Quantity, 1-22:2016; Advance online publication. DOI: 10.1007/s11135-016-0310-9

  6. Guetterman TC, Fetters MD, Legocki LJ, Mawocha S, Barsan WG, Lewis RJ, Berry DA, Meurer, WJ.  Reflections on the adaptive designs accelerating promising trials into treatments (ADAPT-IT) process—findings from a qualitative study. Clin Res Regul Aff, 2015;32(4):121-30.  PMCID: PMC4662412 DOI: 10.3109/10601333.2015.1079217

  7. Meurer, W. J., Legocki, L., Mawocha, S., Frederiksen, S. M., Guetterman, T. C., Barsan, W., … Fetters, M. (2016). Attitudes and opinions regarding confirmatory adaptive clinical trials: a mixed methods analysis from the Adaptive Designs Accelerating Promising Trials into Treatments (ADAPT-IT) project. Trials, 17, 373. DOI: 10.1186/s13063-016-1493-z
  8. Guetterman TC, Mitchell N. The role of leadership and culture in creating meaningful assessment: A mixed methods case study. Innov High Educ, 2016;41(1):43-57 DOI: 10.1007/s10755-015-9330-y

  9. Jonson JL, Thompson RJ, Guetterman TC, Mitchell N. The effect of informational characteristics and faculty knowledge and beliefs on the use of assessment. Innov High Educ.  Advanced online publication. 2016. DOI: 10.1007/s10755-016-9366-7

  10. Bush EJ, Hux K, Guetterman T, McKelvey M. The diverse vocational experiences of five individuals returning to work after severe traumatic brain injury: A qualitative inquiry. Brain Injury, 2016;30(4):422-436. PMID: 26910611 DOI: 10.3109/02699052.2015.1131849