Kulamakan (Mahan) Kulasegaram PhD
Assistant Professor
Toronto General Hospital
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Research Interests
Experimental, Observational, Social Determinants of Health, Administrative Databases, Survey Methods, Quantitative Data Analysis, Education Research

Affiliation: Scientist, the Wilson Centre; Evaluation Scientist, University of Toronto MD Program; Cross-Appointed Scientist, Centre for Ambulatory Care Education, Women's College Hospital. 

Degrees: Ph.D. Health Research Methodology Program, Department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics, McMaster     University. 
BHSc.(Hons), Bachelor of Health Sciences Program, McMaster University.


Research Synopsis

Dr. Kulasegaram (Mahan)'s research examines educational assessment from both a psychometric and cognitive perspective. His work aims to advance assessment theory and practice by conceptualizing assessment as an instructional and learning opportunity. This involves reexamining the entire context of assessment - the objectives, process, tools, learners, and  raters - from theoretical perspectives informed by cognitive theory and best evidence on measurement. His other interests also include the role of working memory in decision making and learning in healthcare as well as the application of cognitive theory to instructional design and practice. Additionally, he dabbles in applying novel and advanced statistical methods to large data sets.


Spencer Foundation 2015 Competition for Field Specific Grants. “Classrooms, Clinics, & Curricula: Uncovering How Medical Students Learn to Manage their Learning”.  Kulasegaram, Kulamakan; Mylopoulos, Maria; (Co-PI); Monteiro, Sandra; Brydges, Ryan; McConnell, Meghan; Woods, Nicole; Chan, Teresa. Funded to $67,100.00 

AMS Phoenix Project Call to Caring 2015 Grant Competition. “Integration & Identity: Understanding the Mechanisms that Foster a Holistic Physician in Longitudinal Integrated Clerkships.” Kulasegaram, Kulamakan; Bernstein, Stacey (Co-PI); Martimianakis, Maria-Athina; Mylopoulos, Maria; Hutchinson, Clare; Weyman, Karen; Pittini, Richard. LInC Research Subcommittee. Funded to $34,500.

Medical Council of Canada Research in Assessment 2014 Competition – “Enhancing Integration of Basic Science through Assessments: Creating Test-Enhanced Learning for Integration” – Kulasegaram, Kulamakan; Pittini, Richard; Wood, Timothy; Woods, Nicole. Funded to $37,400.00.

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons 2012 Medical Education Grant Competition – “The Impact of Emotional State on Learning and Transfer.” McConnell, Meghan; Kulasegaram, Kulamakan; Monteiro, Sandra; Neville, Alan; Norman, Geoffrey; Eva, Kevin. Funded to $32,000.00.

Publications and Awards

Recent Publications

Kulasegaram K, McConnell M. When I say … transfer-appropriate processing. Med Educ. 2016 May;50(5):509-10.

Tolsgaard MG, Kulasegaram K, Ringsted CV. Collaborative learning of clinical skills in health professions education. Medical Education. 2016 Jan;50(1):69-78.

Kulasegaram K, Manzone JC, Ku C, Skye A, Wadey V, Woods NN. Cause and Effect: Testing a Mechanism and Method for the Cognitive Integration of Basic Science. Acad Med. 2015 Nov;90(11 Suppl):S63-9.

Kulasegaram K, Martimianakis MA, Mylopoulos M, Whitehead CR, Woods NN. Cognition Before Curriculum: Rethinking the Integration of Basic Science and Clinical Knowledge. Academic Medicine. 2013 Oct;88(10):1578-85.