Education Science at UCSF

Although devoted to their own educational research agendas, the five research faculty members' time is also spent on developing educational researchers at UCSF. They teach and mentor faculty, students, and trainees in programs across the educational development continuum, including UCSF Educational Skills Workshops, Pathways to Discovery, the Teaching Scholars Program, and our collaborative master's and doctoral programs in education. CFE faculty members consult as experts on educational matters with all UCSF professional schools at the UME, GME, and CME levels, and with individual faculty educational investigators. Weekly group consultations, a monthly journal club, regional and national conferences, and multi-institution research collaborations are part of the regular work of the group, and learners are involved at all levels. We welcome you to join the educational research community at UCSF.

Core Faculty Researcher Profiles and Areas of Research

UCSF is fortunate to have a group of core faculty in the CFE who are prepared as educational researchers with doctorates in education. Their UCSF Profiles, linked below, have more information about potential research collaborations and consulting expertise. Broadly speaking, CFE research faculty focus on several key areas. This is an ever-growing set of interest areas that evolves as we collaborate with other researchers at UCSF, regionally, nationally, and internationally. However, each faculty member has specific research interests and expertise, as described below:

Christy Boscardin, PhD

Issues of reliability and validity of performance assessments, applications of latent variable modeling to complex data, continuing medical education, health disparity and access to quality health care.

Bridget O'Brien, PhD

Workplace learning in relation to systems improvement, longitudinal clinical experiences, and interprofessional education and practice; evaluation of interprofessional education; qualitative research methods.

Patricia O'Sullivan, EdD

Clinical education in the medical and health professions, surgical education, faculty development, critical reflection, and use of portfolios for assessment.

Arianne Teherani, PhD

Professionalism, clinical assessment, clinical teaching, program evaluation, disabilities, environmental sustainability and health.

David Irby, PhD (Emeritus)

Faculty development, learning environment, clinical teaching, and educational leadership.