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Larry V. Hedges

Larry V. Hedges is the Stella M. Rowley Professor of Sociology, Psychology, and in the Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago.

Hedges’ research interests include the development of statistical methods for social research, the use of statistical concepts in social and cognitive theory, the demography of talent and academic achievement, and educational policy analysis. A major area of methodological work has been the development of statistical methods for combining evidence from multiple empirical research studies (meta-analysis) in the social, medical, and biological sciences. His work in psychology has focused on the development of statistical models for cognitive processes involved in estimation, categorization, and discrimination. His sociological work has largely concerned the social distribution of cognitive test scores, their changes over time and their relation to schooling and other social processes. His work on educational policy concerns the relation of school resources to educational outcomes such as academic achievement and the development of evidence-based social policy. He is a member of the National Academy of Education, a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and the American Psychological Association, and an elected member of the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology. He was Editor of the Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics, was Quantitative Methods Editor of Psychological Bulletin, and serves on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Sociology, the Review of Educational Research, and Psychological Bulletin. He has served on numerous professional boards and panels including several National Research Council committees, and is currently the chair of the technical advisory group of the US Department of Education’s What Works Clearinghouse. He is also on the technical advisory committees of both the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) and the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). His books include Statistical Methods for Meta-analysis (with Ingram Olkin) and The Handbook of Research Synthesis (with Harris Cooper).