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Tipton's research focuses on the design and analysis of field experiments, with a particular focus on issues of external validity and generalizability in experiments; meta-analysis, particularly of dependent effect sizes; and the use of (cluster) robust variance estimation.

In 2020, she received the Frederick Mosteller Award for distinguished contributions to systematic reviews from the Campbell Collaboration. Prior to this, she received Early Career Awards from the American Psychological Association (2017, Division 5), the Society for Research Synthesis Methods (2017), and the American Education Research Association (2016, Division D).


She is a member of the Boards of the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness and Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development, and is currently a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics, Observational Studies, the Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, Research Synthesis Methods, and Psychological Bulletin. Her research has been funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the Raikes Foundation.

Tipton earned her PhD in Statistics from Northwestern University in 2011. In 2005, she earned an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Chicago and in 2001 a B.A. in Mathematics from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. Prior to returning to Northwestern University, she was a member of the faculty at Teachers College, Columbia University for seven years.

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