Veterinary Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences
Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)
Preferred method of communication
Research and teaching
Dr. Hecker studies performance in health professions education. Specifically he has built a program of basic and applied research focusing in three areas: 1) Selection of applicants; 2) Assessment of student/trainee competency development across the health care continuum; and 3) The application of neuro-imaging methods (functional magnetic resonance imaging [fMRI] and electroencephalography [EEG]) to assess learning, reasoning and decision making. Dr. Hecker has published some of the first fMRI work assessing brain differences in novice and expert clinicians during clinical reasoning as well as EEG work assessing learning within a health professions education context. He received a Canada Foundation for Innovation grant to build The Health Education Neuroassesment Laboratory (THENaL) which is the first research facility in Canada for understanding how brain data relates to learning, education, and behavioral test performance within higher education.