Dorene Balmer, PhD

Dorene Balmer, PhD
Associate Fellow

Associate Professor; Director of Research on Pediatric Education

Public Health Interests

Education, Qualitative Methods



Current Public-Health Related Activities

Dr. Balmer serves as Director of Research on Pediatric Education at The Children’s Hospital Philadelphia and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Perelman School of Medicine University of Pennsylvania. In this role, she supports faculty and trainees in their pursuit of educational scholarship. She frequently consults on qualitative research methodology in health-related research and medical education. Dr. Balmer’s current research agenda focuses on identity construction in health professions education. She leads large-scale program evaluation efforts for organizations (e.g. Association of American Medical Colleges’ Education in Pediatrics Across the Continuum) and grants (e.g. Columbia University Medical Center’s NIH-funded work, Behavioral and Social Sciences in Clinical Setting: Team-Based Patient Care.)

Select Publications:

Hatzenbuehler LA, Stark JR, Smith EO, Turner TL, Balmer DF, Arif Z, Guzman F, Cruz AT. Increased adolescent knowledge and behavior following a one-time educational intervention about tuberculosis. Patient Education and Counseling, 100:950-956, 2017.

Balmer DF, Rama J, Martimianakis M, Stenfors-Hayes T. Using qualitative data for qualitative research versus program evaluation. Journal of Graduate Medical Education 8:773-774, 2016.

Balmer DF, Hirsh D, Monie D, Weil H, Richards BF. Caring to care: Applying Noddings’ Philosophy to Medical Education. Academic Medicine 2016 Apr 26 [epub ahead of print]

Balmer DF, Marton S, Gillespie SL, Schutze GE, Gill A. Reentry to pediatric residency after global health training. Pediatrics 136:680-686, 2015.