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

 

COVID-19 Resources

 

The UHN Science of COVID-19 Portal is here to provide informational and clinical resources you can trust in this time of change.

On the Portal, you will find:

  • General epidemiology, virology and research resources.
  • Emerging Evidence: a place where you can ask questions on the science of COVID-19.
  • Resources aimed at clinicians needing to "upskill" to critical care or being redeployed to unfamiliar areas of practice.
  • Self-care aids to help you maintain wellness and resiliency during this pandemic

 

The UHN  Teaching and Learning in the Time of COVID-19 Portal is here to provide relevant, reliable sources of information to facilitate knowledge synthesis and mobilization to enable all our teachers and learners to realize the best education and best teaching and learning experience. The Big Pivot in learning and teaching required – very suddenly – a halt of face-to-face learning and the rapid transition to alternate delivery, both academically and clinically.

On the Portal, you will find:

  • Teaching resources for remote teaching, clinical teaching, teaching using simulation, and online teaching tools
  • A question service for your teaching queries
  • Learning resources for students
  • Rapid innovation for program delivery
  • Coping and resiliency resources
  • First person narratives of COVID-19

 

Members
  • TIER Scientists

    Mathieu Albert

    Mahan Kulasegaram

    Ayelet Kuper

    Maria Mylopoulos

    Janet Papadakos

    Paula Rowland

    Walter Tavares

    Cynthia Whitehead

    Nicole Woods

    Apply to be a member of The Institute for Education Research here

  • TIER Affiliate Scientists

    Ryan Brydges

    Maria Athina (Tina) Martimianakis

    William Tran

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  • TIER Education Investigators

    Rhona Anderson

    Sally Binks

    Caitlin Gillan

    Meredith Giuliani

    Catharine Gray

    Kelly Holloway

    Jordan Holmes

    Kerry Knickle

    Kristina Lisk

    Emma MacLean

    Nancy McNaughton

    Joyce Nyhof-Young

    Ani Orchanian-Cheff

    Robert Paul

    Ann Russell

    Naomi Steenhof

    Catherine Wang

    David Wiljer

    Jennifer Wong

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  • TIER Academy Scholars

    Alexander Karabanow

    Megan Marshall

    Meera Narenthiran

    Juanita Richardson

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  • TIER Academy Research Trainees

    Jaffer Shaikh

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  • Apply to TIER

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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

 

COVID-19 Resources

 

The UHN Science of COVID-19 Portal is here to provide informational and clinical resources you can trust in this time of change.

On the Portal, you will find:

  • General epidemiology, virology and research resources.
  • Emerging Evidence: a place where you can ask questions on the science of COVID-19.
  • Resources aimed at clinicians needing to "upskill" to critical care or being redeployed to unfamiliar areas of practice.
  • Self-care aids to help you maintain wellness and resiliency during this pandemic

 

The UHN  Teaching and Learning in the Time of COVID-19 Portal is here to provide relevant, reliable sources of information to facilitate knowledge synthesis and mobilization to enable all our teachers and learners to realize the best education and best teaching and learning experience. The Big Pivot in learning and teaching required – very suddenly – a halt of face-to-face learning and the rapid transition to alternate delivery, both academically and clinically.

On the Portal, you will find:

  • Teaching resources for remote teaching, clinical teaching, teaching using simulation, and online teaching tools
  • A question service for your teaching queries
  • Learning resources for students
  • Rapid innovation for program delivery
  • Coping and resiliency resources
  • First person narratives of COVID-19