Dr Karen Mattick


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 fourteen years’ experience as a medical education researcher and educator and was instrumental in creating the Exeter Medical Education Research Group (EMERGe). She has published over 50 peer-reviewed research papers in medical education and clinical science, and is Associate Editor for The Clinical Teacher journal. 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
AddressNorth Cloisters
University of Exeter
St Luke's Campus
Heavitree Road

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