Jen Cleland, MSc, PhD, D Clin Psychol, FHEA, AFBPsS, Chartered Psychologist, FRCP(Edin)


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Professor Jennifer (Jen) Cleland is John Simpson Chair of Medical Education Research, Director of the Centre for Healthcare Education Research and Innovation (CHERI), University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and Director of the Scottish Medical Education Research Consortium (SMERC).  She is a member of the Association for Medical Education Europe (AMEE) Executive; an Invited Member of the Wilson Centre, University of Toronto, Canada, and Adjunct Professor at the following universities: Curtin University, Perth, Australia; the Uniformed Services University of the USA; and the University of Southampton, UK.  She is the former Chair of the Association for Medical Education (ASME) (2013-2018).  She was a Clinical Psychologist in Liaison Psychiatry, in the UK health service (NHS), before moving into academia full-time in 2011.

With nearly 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” (Wiley, 2015), a core text for Masters in Healthcare Professions Education programmes globally. She has held Editorial roles with several high-esteem journals in her field, and is currently Deputy Editor for Medical Education.

Jen’s particular research interests are: selection, assessment and performance; medical careers decision making; education and systems reform.  She works with both quantitative and qualitative approaches and data collection methods.  Her research spans the continuum of undergraduate and postgraduate training. 

When asked recently what drives her, she replied “Curiosity.  I love finding out more about phenomena, people and places, and want to carry out and support research which has academic, policy and practical benefits”.

External positions

Deputy Editor, Medical Education

Sep 2018 → …

Elected Member, Association for Medical Education Europe (AMEE)

Aug 2018 → …

Adjunct Professor, University of Southampton

Jul 2018 → …

Adjunct Professor, Curtin University

Jun 2018 → …

Visiting Professor, Monash University

Apr 2018

Panel Member, Research Excellence Framework (REF) UoA 23 (Education)

Feb 2018 → …

Invited Member, The Wilson Centre, University of Toronto

Oct 2016 → …

Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the United States

Oct 2015 → …

Director, Scottish Medical Education Research Consortium (SMERC)

Sep 2015 → …

Chief External Examiner, University of Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) M Res Programmes

Sep 2015 → …

Chair, Association for Medical Education Europe (AMEE) Research Committee

May 2015Aug 2018

Editorial Board Member, Perspectives in Medical Education

Aug 2014Aug 2018

External Examiner, MSc in Clinical Education, University of Edinburgh

Mar 2014May 2018

Chair, Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME)

Jul 2013Jul 2018


  • L Education (General)
  • R Medicine (General)

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Research Output 2001 2019

Bridging the cultural divide? Exploring UK school pupils’ perceptions of medicine

Alexander, K., Cleland, J. & Nicholson, S. 14 Feb 2019 In : Medical Education.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

sociocultural factors
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Education and service: how theories can help in understanding tensions

Cleland, J. & Durning, S. J. Jan 2019 In : Medical Education. 53, 1, p. 42-55 14 p.

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2018 Ottawa consensus statement: Selection and recruitment to the healthcare professions

Patterson, F., Roberts, C., Hanson, M. D., Hampe, W., Eva, K., Ponnamperuma, G., Magzoub, M., Tekian, A. & Cleland, J. 2018 In : Medical Teacher. 40, 11, p. 1091-1101 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

research policy
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A Culture of Control?

Hawick, L., Thomson, A. & Cleland, J. 6 Dec 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Medical Education.

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Activities 2005 2018