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Jeffrey J.H. Cheung, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Medical Education


Building & Room:

986 CMET


MC 591

Office Phone:

(312) 355-7528

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Jeffrey is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. He received his PhD in Medical Sciences and HBSc in Neuroscience from the University of Toronto. During his PhD training, he completed a research fellowship at The Wilson Centre for Research in Education, where he was the 2017-2019 Richard and Elizabeth Currie Research Fellow.

His research examines how cognitive processes such as memory, problem-solving, and decision-making are impacted by different education experiences, knowledges, and contexts. Through his work, he aims to clarify the relationship between learners’ cognition and the curricula they experience, and how educators can design learning experiences that better prepare learners for the ambiguity they will encounter in their future clinical practice.

Jeffrey’s research has focused on the context of simulation-based training, where he has used quantitative and experimental methods to examine and critique how these technologies affect learning processes and outcomes. Using insights from cognitive psychology and clinical reasoning, he is exploring novel instructional strategies in simulation that support the learners’ integration of different types of foundational knowledge (e.g., basic, clinical, and social sciences), and assessing how such integrated instruction facilitates learners’ ability to transfer their learning to novel clinical problems and situations.

Research Interest

  • ORCID: 0000-0002-6037-5811
  • Research and Teaching Interests: Cognitive psychology, integration, transfer of learning, instructional design, expertise development, conceptual knowledge, procedural skills, guided-discovery learning, prior knowledge, clinical reasoning, simulation, technology-enhanced learning, fidelity, realism, authenticity, theory in health professions education research, experimental methods, consilience

Selected Publications

Cheung, J. J. H., Apramian, T., & Brydges, R. (2019). Starting Your Research Project: From Problem to Theory to Question. In D. Nestel & M. W. Scerbo (Eds.), Healthcare Simulation Research: A Practical Guide (pp. 21–27). Springer International Publishing. 

Cheung, J. J. H., Kulasegaram, K. M., Woods, N. N., & Brydges, R. (2019). Why Content and Cognition Matter: Integrating Conceptual Knowledge to Support Simulation-Based Procedural Skills Transfer. Journal of General Internal Medicine34(6), 969–977.

Naismith, L. M., Cheung, J. J. H., Sibbald, M., Tavares, W., Cavalcanti, R. B., Haji, F. A., & Fraser, K. L. (2019). Chapter 10 – Using Cognitive Load Theory to Optimize Simulation Design. In G. Chiniara (Ed.), Clinical Simulation (Second Edition) (pp. 129–141). Academic Press.

Cheung, J. J. H., Kulasegaram, K. M., Woods, N. N., Moulton, C., Ringsted, C. V., & Brydges, R. (2018). Knowing How and Knowing Why: testing the effect of instruction designed for cognitive integration on procedural skills transfer. Advances in Health Sciences Education23(1), 61–74.

Cheung, J. J. H., Koh, J., Brett, C., Bägli, D. J., Kapralos, B., & Dubrowski, A. (2016). Preparation With Web-Based Observational Practice Improves Efficiency of Simulation-Based Mastery Learning. Simulation in Healthcare: The Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare11(5), 316–322.

Haji, F. A., Cheung, J. J. H., Woods, N., Regehr, G., de Ribaupierre, S., & Dubrowski, A. (2016). Thrive or overload? The effect of task complexity on novices’ simulation-based learning. Medical Education50(9), 955–968.

Cheung, J. J. H., & Kulasegaram, K. M. (2015). Educational blasphemy? Questioning the (w)holiness of whole-task curricula. Medical Education49(10), 1049–1049.

Naismith, L. M., Cheung, J. J. H., Ringsted, C., & Cavalcanti, R. B. (2015). Limitations of subjective cognitive load measures in simulation-based procedural training. Medical Education49(8), 805–814.

Haji, F. A., Hoppe, D. J., Morin, M.-P., Giannoulakis, K., Koh, J., Rojas, D., & Cheung, J. J. H. (2014). What we call what we do affects how we do it: a new nomenclature for simulation research in medical education. Advances in Health Sciences Education19(2), 273–280.


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