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John Encandela, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry; Executive Director of Evaluation & Assessment at the Center for Medical Education, School of Medicine

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John Encandela, PhD

Office Location

Mailing Address

  • Psychiatry

    PO Box 208060, ESH-A

    New Haven, CT 06510-8060

    United States



My contributions to education and research during my career have focused on organizing and delivering health-related services for vulnerable populations and training health professionals. With a PhD in Sociology of Medicine, I initially worked on national and international evaluations of HIV/AIDS programs and mental health services. More recently, I've applied my skills to medical education, primarily assisting faculty in assessing trainees and training programs and designing curriculum in health professional education.

At Yale School of Medicine, I serve as the Executive Director of Evaluation & Assessment at the Center for Medical Education. My expertise includes evaluating health professional education curricula; training faculty, staff, and students in feedback methods; improving assessment systems for educators; and consulting on program and curriculum evaluation approaches for scholarly work. I teach curriculum development and evaluation in the Masters of Health Science/Medical Education program and other educational programs. I am chairperson of the School of Medicine's Learning Environment Subcommittee of the Education Policy and Curriculum Committee. Additionally, I integrate LGBTQI-health topics into the curriculum and serve on the Dean's Council for LGBTQI Affairs. In select graduate medical education programs, including my academic department, Psychiatry, I gather and analyze qualitative data for internal reviews of training programs.

Education & Training

  • NIMH Post-doctoral Fellow (1996-97)
    University of Pittsburgh Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (1997)
  • PhD
    University of Pennsylvania, Sociology (of Medicine) (1994)
  • MA
    West Virginia University, Counseling and Guidance (1981)

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