Makoto Hanita

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Makoto Hanita
Research Scientist

Mailing Address: 

43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313

Makoto Hanita provides methodological leadership and develops research designs for randomized controlled trials (RCTs), quasi-experimental studies, observational investigations, and retrospective analyses of education data. An expert in addressing threats to validity in real-world settings, he is adept in coaching researchers and practitioners on designs and analyses. In all of his research, he works to ensure studies have methodological rigor, are relevant to stakeholders’ priorities, and produce practical, actionable findings.

Hanita serves as the lead methodologist for the REL Northeast & Islands at EDC.  In this capacity, he works closely with the deputy director to guide and oversee all research and co-leads internal technical reviews of study reports. He regularly presents his research at the conferences of national organizations such as the American Educational Research Association and Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness.

Recently, Hanita co-published results of an RCT in special education in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. He has shared his findings in numerous articles on education, health, and psychology, and has co-authored several reports published by the Institute of Education Sciences. Two of these include: An Investigation of the Impact of the 6+1 Trait Writing Model on Grade 5 Student Writing Achievement and An Experimental Study of the Project CRISS Reading Program on Grade 9 Reading Achievement in Rural High Schools.

Before joining EDC, Hanita was a senior research methodologist for Education Northwest. At Education Northwest, he led the design and analysis of several large-scale experimental studies in education, including an investigation of the impact of a trait-based writing model on student achievement, an efficacy study of Project GLAD (Guided Language Acquisition Design), and an RCT of Portland State University’s Comprehensive Autism Program Strategies for Teaching Based on Autism Research (STARS).  

Hanita holds a BS in Business Administration from Keio University in Tokyo, Japan and a PhD in social psychology from Indiana University. He speaks Japanese, English, and Portuguese.