About Us

The Institute for Education Research at UHN

 

TIER offcially launched in September 2019, please visit our homepage at www.TIERatUHN.ca to read more about TIER.

 

For our healthcare system to adapt to the needs of the 21st century and continually advance care, we must imagine, design and implement bold new ways of educating the healthcare workforce. This is the driving force behind The Institute for Education Research at UHN (TIER).

 

TIER is one of seven institutes within the UHN Research family. Through the adoption of a unique research model, TIER welcomes researchers and partners from across the healthcare continuum and the university and college sectors, to provide a fulsome view on healthcare education. As a hub for experts to come together, incubate ideas and leverage expertise, TIER is shining a light on an under-researched field to develop the future of Canada’s healthcare professionals.

 

Our research is focused on:

 

Teaching, Learning and Practice: Exploring how to optimize learning in the professions using cognitive psychology, education science and social science perspectives.

 

Societies, Systems and Structures: Exploring how the organizational and social structures of health professional education and clinical settings impact education practice and theory.

 

Technology, Innovation and Simulation: Exploring how innovations in technology, including simulation and  artificial intelligence, change the learning and practice experiences of health professionals.

 

Nikki Woods on Why Education Research Matters

 

Members
  • TIER Scientists

    Mathieu Albert

    Mahan Kulasegaram

    Ayelet Kuper

    Maria Mylopoulos

    Paula Rowland

    Walter Tavares

    Cynthia Whitehead

    Nicole Woods

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  • TIER Affiliate Scientists

    Maria Athina (Tina) Martimianakis

    William Tran

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  • TIER Education Investigators

    Catharine Gray

    Nancy McNaughton

    Robert Paul

    Naomi Steenhof

     

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  • TIER Academy Scholars

    Meera Narenthiran

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  • TIER Academy Research Trainees

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Research Themes

Teaching, Learning and Practice: Exploring how to optimize learning in the professions using cognitive psychology, education science and social science perspectives. 

 

Theme Lead: Dr. Maria Mylopoulos

Scientist and Associate Director of Training Programs, The Wilson Centre, UHN 

Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto 

Curriculum Scientist, Undergraduate Medical Education & Medical Psychiatry Alliance (MPA) 

 

Dr. Mylopoulos’ research program explores the development and maintenance of expertise, with a particular focus on how health professionals deal with uncertainty, novelty and complexity in their daily clinical problem solving. The aim of her research is to evolve understanding of the knowledge and capabilities that underpin this facet of expertise as it occurs in real-world contexts using theoretical frameworks of clinical reasoning and adaptive expertise. The ultimate goal of her research is to translate this understanding to educational design that promotes the development of exceptional clinicians who are able to handle the complexities and challenges of the healthcare workplace. 

 

Societies, Systems and Structures: Exploring how the organizational and social structures of health professional education and clinical settings impact education practice and theory. 

 

Theme Lead: Dr. Mathieu Albert

Scientist, The Wilson Centre, UHN 

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto 

 

Dr. Albert’s current research program examines how the changing research policy landscape in Canada has potentially created new boundaries in health research. Mathieu has authored or co-authored 40 papers in peer reviewed papers and authored six book chapters. He is co-editor, along with Drs. Barbara Prainsack and Scott Frickel, of a volume on interdisciplinarity, entitled “Investigating Interdisciplinarities”, published by Rutgers University Press in 2017. Dr. Albert has held 14 peer reviewed grants, and his current research is funded by SHIRC. 

 

Technology, Innovation and Simulation: Exploring how innovations in technology, including simulation and artificial intelligence, change the learning and practice experiences of health professionals. 

 

Theme Lead: currently open

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About Us

The Institute for Education Research at UHN

 

TIER offcially launched in September 2019, please visit our homepage at www.TIERatUHN.ca to read more about TIER.

 

For our healthcare system to adapt to the needs of the 21st century and continually advance care, we must imagine, design and implement bold new ways of educating the healthcare workforce. This is the driving force behind The Institute for Education Research at UHN (TIER).

 

TIER is one of seven institutes within the UHN Research family. Through the adoption of a unique research model, TIER welcomes researchers and partners from across the healthcare continuum and the university and college sectors, to provide a fulsome view on healthcare education. As a hub for experts to come together, incubate ideas and leverage expertise, TIER is shining a light on an under-researched field to develop the future of Canada’s healthcare professionals.

 

Our research is focused on:

 

Teaching, Learning and Practice: Exploring how to optimize learning in the professions using cognitive psychology, education science and social science perspectives.

 

Societies, Systems and Structures: Exploring how the organizational and social structures of health professional education and clinical settings impact education practice and theory.

 

Technology, Innovation and Simulation: Exploring how innovations in technology, including simulation and  artificial intelligence, change the learning and practice experiences of health professionals.

 

Nikki Woods on Why Education Research Matters