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Anna T. Cianciolo, PhD

Editor in Chief, Teaching and Learning in Medicine
Associate Professor, Department of Medical Education


Research Interests & Projects

Dr. Cianciolo's research focuses on understanding and improving the performance of individuals, teams, and groups as they seek to solve the complex problems of academic health care, including diagnosis, collaborative learning, and clinical teaching and supervision. She takes a design- and performance-oriented approach to education, focusing on identifying the behaviors that enable people to effectively select, adapt to, or shape their practice environment and achieve successful outcomes. Through this work, she seeks to specify performance objectives and assessment criteria that promote transfer of learning across environments that share common features.

  • Adult professional learning, particularly mechanisms of situated learning within clinical practice.
  • Technology-mediated practice and teaching.
  • Performance-based assessment, particularly of clinical learning and socialization, leadership, interprofessional collaboration, and computer-supported cooperative work.
  • Scholarly educational program evaluation.
  • Research methodology and multivariate statistical analysis.

Teaching Interests & Activities

  • Clinical learner assessment and feedback
  • Performance-oriented instruction and assessment
  • Problem-based learning/Small-group instruction
  • Publishing educational inquiry
  • Research design and methodology
  • Statistics
  • Leadership


Postdoctoral Associate, 2001-3, Yale University, 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


  • Cianciolo, A. T. (P.I. – Subcontract) Advanced Assessment to Accelerate Diagnostic Skill Acquisition. National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), National Institutes of Health. (Prime contractor – Parallel Consulting, LLC). Funded, $144,721. April 2014 – March 2015.
  • 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.