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John Encandela, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry; Executive Director for Teaching & Learning, Center for Medical Education, School of Medicine

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John Encandela, PhD

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  • Psychiatry

    PO Box 208060, ESH-A

    New Haven, CT 06510-8060

    United States



My contributions to education and research have focused on the organization and delivery of: (1) health-related services for vulnerable populations, and, (2) physician/health-professional training. After having done work in national and international evaluation of HIV/AIDS-related programs and mental health service research, a more recent component of my career has involved the application of my skills in medical education. In this area, most of my work has focused on working with medical education faculty in assessing trainees and training programs.

At the Yale School of Medicine, I am executive director of the Teaching & Learning Center (TLC), which is a component of the Center for Medical Education and which provides support and consult for the medical school administration, faculty, trainees, and other affiiates in areas of medical education. These areas include educator development, student and teaching assessment, curriculum design and evaluation, and scholarship. In edition to providing direction for TLC faculty and staff, my particular expertise in the TLC is in evaluation of the medical education curriculum and its component parts; training faculty, house staff, and students in giving and receiving feedback as part of teaching and learning; improving systems for assessing educators towards enhancement of teaching and faculty success; and consulting to faculty and trainees in evaluation approaches that contribute to scholarly work. I am also involved in incorporating LGBTQI-health related topics into the medical school curriculum and serve on the Dean's Council for LGBTQI Affairs. For select graduate medical education programs including my home department of Psychiatry, I work towards gathering and analyzing qualitative data that contribute to internal review of training programs.

Education & Training

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

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