Professor Jennifer Cleland
Professor Jennifer (Jen) Cleland is John Simpson Chair of Medical Education Research and Director of the Centre for Healthcare Education Research and Innovation (CHERI), University of Aberdeen, Scotland; Former Chair of the Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME); Director of the Scottish Medical Education Research Consortium (SMERC); Lead for the Association for Medical Education Europe (AMEE) Research Committee; an Invited Member of the Wilson Centre, Toronto; Adjunct Professor at the Uniformed Services University of the USA; the University of Southampton, UK and Curtin University, Australia. Jen was a Clinical Psychologist in Liaison Psychiatry in the UK health service (NHS), before moving into academia full-time in 2011. With over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, she has published widely in a broad range of journals including the BMJ, Quality and Safety in Healthcare and Medical Education. She is co-editor, with Steven Durning, on “Researching Medical Education”. Her PhD students typically prepare theses in the European style (i. e with publications) and she enjoys supporting them to learn the craft
of academic writing. Jen is arguably best known for her research on selection (including widening access to medicine), assessment and performance. Her other main area of interest is medical careers. She works with both quantitative and qualitative approaches and data collection methods. Her research spans the continuum of undergraduate and postgraduate training with a particular focus in recent years on surgical training.