Donna Qualters, PhD, MEd


Associate Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine
Director of the Center for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching


Tufts University School of Medicine
136 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02111

Phone: 617.627.4002


Degrees: BA, MEd, PhD
Institutions:Boston College, Lesley University

Research Focus

My research has a dual focus.  The first area of investigation involves applying the science of learning to educational settings including the clinical environment. This involves studying cutting edge pedagogy, use of technology in teaching, feedback and cognitive apprenticeships as well as the role of assessment in documenting professional competencies.  The latest project is the development of competencies and curriculum in the RESPOND grant focusing on global health. The second area is focusing on faculty and their development as teachers and researchers.  Current project involves measuring the effectiveness of mutual mentoring as a new model to prepare faculty for working in a global technologically connected environment.

Select Publications:

  1. DM Qualters, MB Regan, MC O’Brien, SL Stone. Comparing ambulatory preceptors’ and students’ perceptions of educational planning. Journal of General Internal Medicine 14 (3), 196-199.
  2. S Stone, B Ellers, D Holmes, R Orgren, D Qualters, J Thompson. Identifying oneself as a teacher: the perceptions of preceptors. Medical Education 36 (2), 180-185.
  3. SL Stone, DM Qualters. Course-based assessment: implementing outcome assessment in medical education. Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges.
  4. DM Qualters. Do students want to be active. The Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 2 (1), 51-60.
  5. DM Qualters. Creating a pathway for teacher change. The Journal of Faculty Development 23 (1), 5-13.
  6. DM Qualters. Making the most of learning outside the classroom. New Directions for Teaching and Learning 2010 (124), 95-99.