Henk Schmidt - Bio

Henk Schmidt is a professor of psychology at Erasmus University’s Faculty of Social Sciences and founding dean of its problem-based psychology curriculum. His areas of interest are learning and memory, and he has published extensively on problem-based learning, long-term memory, and the development of expertise in medicine. He is among the most cited Dutch educational psychologists; for instance, the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) of Leiden University identified his early 1983 Medical Education article on problem-based learning as the most cited Dutch article in the field. Twice he received the ”Outstanding paper by an established investigator” Award of the American Educational Research Association. In 1996 the Université de Sherbrooke in Canada awarded him an honorary degree. In 2004, the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden, announced him to be the winner of its 50,000 Euro international medical education research prize for his work in medical expertise and problem-based learning.

Previously, Henk held positions as dean of the faculty of health science of Maastricht University and associate secretary general of the Network of community-oriented educational institutions for health sciences, a WHO-supported NGO. He has been a visiting professor at McGill University, Montreal, Canada; the University of Bern, Switzerland; and the University of Cape Town, South Africa. In addition he was R. Samuel McLaughlin Professor at McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada, and Prof. L. Verhaegen Professor at the Limburg University Centre, Diepenbeek, Belgium.


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