Dr Jimmie Leppink


Senior Lecturer in Medical Education

Role at Hull York Medical School

Academic Lead and Director of Assessment, Deputy Chair of Board of Studies, and Senior Lecturer in Medical Education.


Obtained degrees in Psychology (BSc in Cognitive Psychology, 2005; MSc in Psychology and Law, 2006, Cum Laude), Law (LLM in Forensics, Criminology, and Law, 2008), and Statistics Education (PhD, 2012) from Maastricht University, the Netherlands, and a degree in Methodology and Statistics (MSc in Quantitative Analysis in the Social Sciences, 2012, Magna Cum Laude) from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. Former Postdoc (until April 2017) and Assistant Professor (until January 2019) at Maastricht University's School of Health Professions Education.


Sometimes, key publications define one's research best. I published two books with Springer this year (2019), one with two Australian colleagues on instructional design principles for high-stakes problem-solving environments, and one by myself on statistical methods for experimental research in education and psychology. These two books illustrate the 'double role' I have had over the years: (1) an educationalist interested in learning, instructional design, and assessment and (2) a methodologist/statistician interested in applications for experimental and other types of research in educational settings to find out what works for what type of learners under what kind of conditions.


Assessment, instructional design, research methodology, statistics and related topics at undergraduate and postgraduate level.


View Jimmie's publications on Google Scholar.

Selected publications

Springer books 1 https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-981-13-2808-4 and 2 https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-030-21241-4 (latter is part of Springer Texts in Education Series).

Lafleur, A., Leppink, J., & Côté, L. (2017). Clinical examination in the OSCE era: Are we maintaining the balance between OS and CE? BMJ Postgraduate Medical Journal, 93(1099), 241. https://doi.org/10.1136/postgradmedj-2016-134776

Leppink, J., & Duvivier, R. (2016). Twelve tips for medical curriculum design from a cognitive load theory perspective. Medical Teacher, 38(7), 669-674. https://doi.org/10.3109/0142159X.2015.1132829

Leppink, J., & Pérez-Fuster, P. (2019). Mental effort, workload, time on task, and certainty: Beyond linear models. Educational Psychology Review, 31(1), in press. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10648-018-09460-2

Leppink, J., & Van den Heuvel, A. (2015). The evolution of cognitive load theory and its application to medical education. Perspectives on Medical Education, 4(3), 119-127. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40037-015-0192-x

Leppink, J., Van Gog, T., Paas, F., & Sweller, J. (2015). Cognitive load theory: researching and planning teaching to maximise learning. In: Cleland, J., & Durning, S. J. (Eds.), Researching Medical Education. Oxford, UK: Wiley Blackwell. Chapter 18, pp. 207–218. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118838983

Matsuyama, Y., Nakaya, M., Okazaki, H., Leppink, J., & Van der Vleuten, C. P. M. (2018). Contextual attributes promote or hinder self-regulated learning: A qualitative study contrasting rural physicians with undergraduate learners in Japan. Medical Teacher, 40(3), 285-295. https://doi.org/10.1080/0142159X.2017.1406074

Tremblay, M. L., Lafleur, A., Leppink, J., & Dolmans, D. H. J. M. (2017). The simulated clinical environment: cognitive and emotional impact among undergraduates. Medical Teacher, 39(2), 181-187. https://doi.org/10.1080/0142159X.2016.1246710

  • Australia: Western Sydney University
  • Canada: Laval University, Western University
  • Japan: Jichi Medical University
  • Netherlands: Maastricht University
Postgraduate research supervision

Jimmie offers postgraduate supervision and welcomes enquiries from prospective students interested in undertaking a postgraduate research degree.

External roles

Part of supervision team of three PhD candidates at Maastricht University's School of Health Professions Education:

  • Marie-Laurence Tremblay (together with Prof Dr Diana Dolmans and Prof Dr Jan-Joost Rethans)
  • Yasushi Matsuyama (together with Prof Dr Cees van der Vleuten)
  • Cassandra Barber (together with Prof Dr Cees van der Vleuten at Maastricht University and Dr Saad Chahine at Western University, London, Ontario, Canada).
Honours and awards
  • Keynotes:
    • 2016: International Cognitive Load Theory Conference (ICLTC), Bochum, Germany
    • 2017: International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) Meeting, Burlington, Vermont, United States
    • 2019, upcoming (in May): International Clinical Skills Conference (ICSC), Prato, Tuscany, Italy
  • Best Paper Award at the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) Special Interest Group (SIG) 6 & 7 Meeting, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, August 2014
  • Best Tutor in the Health Sciences for the year 2011, Maastricht University, the Netherlands, November 2011