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Judith Barbaro-Brown


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Principal Lecturer, Team Leader for Medical Sciences

After working in the NHS for ten years, I moved into health and medical education in 1997, teaching in both a clinical and university setting. In 2007 I began teaching on the Phase 1 Medicine programme at Durham University, teaching histology, anatomy, pathology, and clinical skills, as well as managing the assessment process as Secretary to the Board of Examiners, being a Senior Admissions tutor, and Phase 1 Medicine Marketing Lead. During this time I was a Project Board member on the Department of Health Independent Prescribing for Physiotherapists & Podiatrists project, and co-authored the national Outline Curriculum Framework for Independent Prescribing on behalf of the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).

In 2015 I became Head of Health CPD at York St John University, leading on the delivery of all SSPRD and Master's programmes in the Faculty of Health & Wellbeing. I worked alongside Health Education England Yorks & Humber in managing a large SSPRD contract, delivering CPD across a range of health care professionals. 

In 2017 I moved back to Durham University to become Deputy Head of the International Study Centre, holding responsibility for the strategic development and delivery of all academic programmes in the Centre, which involved over 600 students from over 40 different countries. 

My professional interests include medical education pedagogy, assessment, and the development of supportive student learning environments. My current research focuses on the student learning experience and how this is influenced by personal, organisational, and institutional factors. 

My personal interests include cooking, theatre & cinema, and walking my dogs.


Teaching and supervision

  • Histology
  • Anatomy
  • Pathology
  • Clinical skills

Research interests for potential research students

  • Academic self-concept
  • Professional identity
  • Medical Education

Last updated 20 February 2020