Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact

Geoff Norman

BSc (Hons) (Manitoba), MA (Michigan State), PhD (McMaster)

Professor Emeritus, Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact

905.525.9140 x 23114

McMaster University
Program for Educational Research and Development
Room 3519, MDCL
1200 Main St. West
Hamilton, ON
L8N 3Z5

Office Location: MDCL-3519
Located inside the Margaret and Charles Juravinski Education,
Research and Development Centre (MDCL-3510)

Administrative Assistant: Kate Zazulak
905.525.9140 x 23114

Academic Interests

Dr. Norman's academic interests focus on the psychology of expertise particularly as applied to expert clinicians. His research is focused on the psychology of clinical reasoning, particularly in the relative contribution of rapid processing based on prior experience (so-called pattern recognition) and analytical rules, and educational strategies to improve reasoning. Additionally, he has strengths and interests in measurement and statistics. Other research interests include methods of student assessment, and psychometric methods.

Current Graduate Students
Ruth Chen
Sacha Agrawal
Mahan Kulasegaram

Recent Graduate Students
Anthony Levinson MSc 
Stephen Yip MSc
Eric Siu MSc
Meredith Young (Phd Psychology)
Kelly Dore PhD

Selected Publications

  1. Streiner DL, Norman GR. Health Measurement Scales: A Practical Guide to their Development and Use. (4th edition). Oxford University Press, 2008
  2. Norman GR, van der Vleuten CPM, Newble DI (ed) International Handbook for Research in Medical Education, Dordrecht, Kluwer, 2002
  3. Norman GR, Streiner DL. Biostatistics: The Bare Essentials (3rd edition) Hamilton, B.C. Decker, 2007
  4. Norman GR. Research in clinical reasoning. Past history and current trends. Medical Education, 2005; 39: 418-427.
  5. Norman GR, Wyrwich KW, Sloan JA. Interpretation of changes in health-related quality of life: The remarkable universality of half a standard deviation. Medical Care, 2003; 41: 582-92.
  6. Norman GR, Schmidt HG. The psychological basis of problem based learning: A review of the evidence. Acad Med 1991;67:557-565.

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