University of Calgary

Kent Hecker

  • Professor
  • Full Time Faculty


Kent Hecker is an Associate Professor of Health Professional Education in Veterinary Medicine with a joint appointment in Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary.

Dr. Hecker has built a research program of basic and applied health professional education research focusing in four areas:  1) curriculum/program design and evaluation; 2) assessment of competencies; 3) educational measurement and assessment issues within institutional and non-institutional settings; and 4) the application of neuro-imaging methods (functional magnetic resonance imaging [fMRI] and electroencephalography [EEG]) to assess learning, reasoning and decision making.  

He has more than 40 peer reviewed manuscripts,  given over 50 conference presentations, has held internal UCalgary funds worth approximately $150,000 and he has been/is a co-investigator or collaborator on national/international funded projects (total > $2.2 million). He is an Associate editor for the Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, Advances in Health Sciences Education, and Canadian Medical Education Journal.

Dr. Hecker teaches graduate courses in both the Veterinary Medicine and Medical Educational research programs in research design and statistics, biostatistics, educational measurement and assessment and instructional methods.  

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Curriculum Vitae

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