deborah m. rooney, phd

Assistant Professor, Medical Education
Director, Education and Research in Simulation


Dr. Deborah M Rooney is the Director of Education and Research for the Clinical Simulation Center of University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Rooney holds a doctorate in Educational Psychology (MESA: Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment) from University of Illinois at Chicago, and has over twenty years’ experience in medical education. Since 2004, Dr. Rooney’s work has focused on simulation-based education, with a primary focus on assessment and measurement. Her current research focuses on innovation and evaluation of novel simulation-based curricula and simulators. One particular area of interest is validation of novel simulators using modern measurement theory. Dr. Rooney is an active member of a number of education and simulation and healthcare associations. These include American Educational Research association (AERA), National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME), Association of Surgical Education (ASE), and American College of Surgeons (ACS), and Society for Simulation and Healthcare (SSHIH). She was a founding member of the Administration and Management Committees for the ASE and ACS, respectively, and currently sit on the Technology & Simulation Committee for the ACS.