Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact

Lawrence Grierson

BSc (UW) , MSc (UW), PhD (McMaster)

Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine

Associate Member, Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact

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Academic Interests

Dr. Grierson leads the McMaster Department of Family Medicine Medical Education Research Group, a group that examines issues relevant to family medicine education from a variety of theoretical perspectives and works to develop sustainable programs of research to address the questions associated with these issues. Dr. Grierson is also the Course Coordinator for the Research Methods and Skills Acquisition and Simulation-based Education courses offered in McMaster’s newly-developed Masters of Health Sciences in Health Professions Education program.

Dr. Grierson maintains active research profiles in the fields of medical education, simulation-based education, assistive technologies and the control and acquisition of precision motor skill. He is a Certified Kinesiologist, as well as a member of the Canadian Association of Medical Educators and the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Psychology of Sport.

Selected Publications

  1. Grierson, L. E. M., Barry, M. Kapralos, B., Carnahan, H. & Dubrowski, A. (2012). The role of collaborative interactivity in the observational practice of clinical skills. Medical Education. 46, 409-416.
  2. Norman, G. R., Dore, K. L., & Grierson, L. E. M. (in press). The minimal relation between simulation fidelity and transfer of learning. Medical Education. 10 pages.
  3. Grierson, L. E. M. (2012). We’re talking about feedback…aren’t we? Advances in Health Sciences Education, 17, 1-4.
  4. Grierson, L. E. M., Dubrowski, A., So, S., Kistner, N. & Carnahan, H. (2012). Trainees’ perceptions of practitioner competence during patient transfer. Teaching and Learning in Medicine, 24, 111-116.
  5. Grierson, L. E. M., Lyons, J. & Elliott, D. (2011). The impact of real and illusory perturbations on the early trajectory adjustments of goal-directed movements. Journal of Motor Behavior, 43, 383-391.
  6. Walsh C. M., Rose, D. N., Dubrowski, A., Ling, S. C., Grierson, L. E.M., Backstein, D. & Carnahan, H. (2011). Learning in the Simulated Setting: A Comparison of Expert-, Peer-, and Computer-Assisted Learning. Academic Medicine, 86, 12-16.
  7. Elliott, D., Grierson, L. E. M., Hayes, S. J. & Lyons, J. (2011). Action representations in perception, motor control and learning: Implications for medical education. Medical Education, 45, 119-131.
  8. Williams, C., Grierson, L. E. M. & Carnahan, H. (2011). Colour-induced relationship between affect and reaching kinematics during a goal-directed aiming task. Experimental Brain Research, 212, 555-561.
  9. Grierson, L. E. M., Zelek, J., Lam, I., Black, S. E. & Carnahan, H. (2011). The Applicability of Vibrotactile Directional Information in Facilitating Navigation for Persons with Dementia. Assistive Technology, 23, 108-115.
  10. Grierson, L. E. M., Melnyk, M., Jowlett, N., Backstein, D. & Dubrowski, A. (2011). Bench model surgical skill training improves novice ability to multitask: A randomized controlled study. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 163, 192-198.

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