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Faculty Profiles : Dr. Anna T. Cianciolo

Anna T. Cianciolo
Anna T. Cianciolo, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Education

913 N Rutledge St., Rm. 1233
P.O. Box 19681
Springfield, IL 62794-9681
acianciolo@siumed.edu
217-545-0123 (phone), 217-545-0120 (fax)

Educational Background | Research Interests & Projects | Teaching Interests & Activities | Selected Publications & Presentations | Grants/Honors

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. 2001 Georgia Institute of Technology Engineering Psychology
  • M.A. 1997 University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Cognitive & Biological Psychology
  • B.A. 1995 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Psychology

Research Interests & Projects

Dr. Cianciolo's research focuses on assessing and improving the performance of individuals and groups, particularly in the conduct of collaborative problem solving. Her approach conceptualizes problem solving success as the achievement of individual, group, and environmental fit. Rather than targeting knowledge, skills, and abilities, this approach addresses the behaviors that enable individuals or groups to effectively select, adapt to, or shape their working environment. This approach enables the specification of performance objectives and assessment criteria that promote transfer of learning within environments that share common features. Dr. Cianciolo's research investigates collaborative problem solving in a variety of contexts, including classroom instruction, communities of practice, and live and simulated teamwork.

  • Adult professional learning, including student-centered instructional design, social learning, technology-assisted instruction, and faculty development.
  • Performance-based assessment, including leadership, interprofessional collaboration, computer-supported cooperative work, and experience-based, tacit knowledge.
  • Educational program evaluation.
  • Negotiation and mediation skill acquisition.
  • Research methodology and multivariate statistical analysis.

Teaching Interests & Activities

  • Learner assessment and diagnosis
  • Student-centered instructional design
  • Technology-assisted instruction
  • Research design and methodology
  • Statistics
  • Human factors
  • Individual differences psychology
  • Leadership
  • Interests-based negotiation
  • Collaborative problem solving

Selected Publications & Presentation

Journal Publications

  • Cianciolo, A.T., Kegg JA. Behavioral specification of the entrustment process. Journal of Graduate Medical Education. (2013)
  • Cianciolo A. Critical Synthesis Package: Cultural Competence OSCE (ccOSCE). MedEdPORTAL; 2013. Available from: www.mededportal.org/publication/9428.
  • Cianciolo AT, Williams RG, Klamen DL, Roberts NK. Biomedical knowledge, clinical cognition, and diagnostic justification: A structural equation model. Med Educ 2013; 47(3): 309-16.
  • Cianciolo AT, Kegg JA. Behavioral specification of the entrustment process. JGME; 2013.
  • Cianciolo AT, Lower TK. Implementing a student-centered fourth year curriculum: Med Educ 2012; 46: 1107-1108.

Books

  • Cianciolo, A. T., & Sternberg, R. J. (2004). Intelligence: A brief history. Malden, MA: Blackwell.
  • Antonakis, J., Cianciolo, A. T., & Sternberg, R. J. (Eds.). (2004). The nature of leadership. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Book Chapters

  • Cianciolo AT, Evans KM. Distributed communities of practice. In JD Lee & A Kirlik (Eds.), Handbook of Cognitive Engineering (pp. 610-621). New York: Oxford University Press; 2013.
  • Cianciolo, A. T., Evans, K. M., DeCostanza, A., & Pierce, L. (2011). Trust in distributed operations. In N. A. Stanton (Ed.), Trust in military teams (pp.89-106). Surrey: Ashgate.
  • Cianciolo, A. T., Matthew, C., Wagner, R. K., & Sternberg, R. J. (2006). Tacit knowledge, practical intelligence, and expertise. In K. A. Ericsson, N. Charness, P. Feltovich, & R. Hoffman (Eds.), Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance (pp. 613-632). New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Cianciolo, A. T., Antonakis, J., & Sternberg, R. J. (2004). Practical intelligence and leadership: Using experience as a "mentor". In D. V. Day, S. Zaccaro, & S. Halpin (Eds.), Leader development for transforming organizations – Growing leaders for tomorrow (pp. 211-236). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Presentations

  • Cianciolo AT, Lower TK. Exploring the basis for a tracked fourth-year curriculum. Presentation delivered at the SIUSOM 4th Annual Symposium on Teaching and Learning, Springfield, IL (April 9, 2012).
  • Cianciolo AT, Roberts NK. Small-group instruction: when and how it works. Presentation delivered at the SIUSOM 4th Annual Symposium on Teaching and Learning, Springfield, IL (April 9, 2012).
  • Cianciolo AT, Metz A. Noncognitive predictors of medical school matriculation by MEDPREP graduates. Presentation to be delivered at the 2013 CGEA Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, OH (March 21-23, 2012).
  • Cianciolo AT, Lower T. Assessing clerkship performance: painting a picture of clinical competence. Presentation to be delivered at the 2013 CGEA Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, OH (March 21-23, 2012).
  • Evans, K. M., Cianciolo, A. T., Hunter, A., & Pierce, L. (2010). Modeling interpersonal trust in distributed command and control teams. Proceedings of the 15th International Command and Control Research & Technology Symposium. Santa Monica, CA.
  • Cianciolo, A. T. (2008). Further investigations of Army Lifelong Learning: An enhanced assessment framework. Proceedings of the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, & Education Conference (I/ITSEC). Orlando, FL.
  • Cianciolo, A. T., LaVoie, N., Lauper, U., & Foltz, P. (2008). Emerging concepts in interagency coordination training. Proceedings of the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, & Education Conference (I/ITSEC). Orlando, FL.

Grants/Honors

  • Cianciolo, A. T. (PI), & Roberts, N. K. (Co-PI). An Integrative, Multi-Disciplinary Review of Small-Group Collaborative Learning. Society of Directors of Research in Medical Education. Funded, $4000. November 2011 – October 2013.
  • Cianciolo, A. T. (P.I. – Subcontract). Information and Decision Dynamics in Network Centric Environments. U.S. Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command. (Prime contractor – Aptima, Inc.). Funded, $9,990. June 2011 – November 2011.