Professor Karen Mattick
Professor of Medical Education


Karen Mattick is Professor of Medical Education, Co-Lead for the Centre for Research in Professional Learning at the University of Exeter, and Director of the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice. She has over fifteen years’ experience as a medical education researcher and educator, has published over 50 peer-reviewed research papers in medical education and clinical science. Karen is Senior Associate Editor for The Clinical Teacher journal and Director of Awards for the Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME). Her academic practice has been recognized in the award of Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2012 and a National Teaching Fellowship in 2005. Prior to joining the medical education field, Karen worked for the NHS as a Clinical Scientist, involved in both service delivery and clinical science research.

Broad research specialisms

Karen’s research explores the experiences of medical students and junior doctors, especially during the transition to clinical practice, and particularly in relation to prescribing antibiotics. This has involved a wide range of methodologies including systematic and realist literature reviews, quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research studies.  Her recent research has been funded by the National Institute for Health Research, the British Society of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, NHS Education for Scotland and the General Medical Council.


  • PhD Clinical Microbiology
  • MSc Education Research

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Contact details

Internal tel2918
Tel+44 (0) 1392 722918
AddressMedical School Building
St Luke's Campus
Magdalen Road
OfficeF12 / SC2.06

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