Kulamakan (Mahan) Kulasegaram

PhD (McMaster University – Dept. of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics)
BHSc (Hons) (McMaster University)

Research Interests

I investigate the relationship between assessment and learning outcomes. Assessment is a major part of educational processes in the health professions. Leveraging assessment effectively can help us make education more effective. Key questions in this domain include the types of responses processes formative assessments must evoke to support transfer of learning and expertise development, the predictive utility of formative assessment data, and the structuring of feedback to support clinical reasoning. I also study the role of assessment data in informing the evaluation of educational programs and the link between education and clinical outcomes in medicine. Other interests include admissions/selection, instructional design, and competency based assessment.

Professional Interests

  • Assessment
  • Cognition of learning
  • Instructional design
  • Psychometrics
  • Biostatistics
  • Big data, student selection/admissions
  • Experimental and epidemiological research methods in HPE


My work informs curriculum design and innovation at multiple levels of undergraduate curricula. This includes the MD program at the University of Toronto and other national and international institutions. Co-Chair: Early Career Medical Educators of Canada at the Canadian Association for Medical Education; Co-Chair, Student Assessment & Standards Committee, MD Program, U of T. Education Research Investigator, Department of Family & Community Medicine.