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