Deborah M. Rooney, PhD

Director of Education and Research, Clinical Simulation Center
Associate Professor of Learning Health Sciences


Deb Rooney, PhD has over twenty-five years’ experience in medical education, with the last twelve focused on simulation-based education and assessment. Dr. Rooney is Associate Professor of Learning Health Sciences and the Director of Education and Research for the Clinical Simulation Center for University of Michigan Medical School and is Chair for the ACS AEI Technologies and Simulation Committee. Her interests include research with an emphasis on assessment and measurement. Particular areas of focus include validation processes associated with simulation-based education, and the application of modern measurement models for analyses of curriculums’ impact on trainees’ performance and patient care.

Areas of Interest

Research and scholarly interests: simulation-based education, performance assessment, measurement, validation of simulators and performance measures, competency-based performance assessment

Subject-matter expertise: simulation-based education, surgical education, assessment and measurement, validation processes, Rasch measurement model

Other professional highlights: 

  • Co-chair, American College of Surgeons Consortium Committee, Simulation and Technology Committee
  • Faculty, Master of Health Professions Education

Published Articles or Reviews

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