Dr Jimmie Leppink


Senior Lecturer in Medical Education

Role at Hull York Medical School

Academic Lead and Director of Assessment (since September 2019), Chair of the Undergraduate Board of Examiners (since September 2020), and Senior Lecturer in Medical Education (since January 2019); former Deputy Chair of Board of Studies (June 2019 - September 2020).


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 in 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 – and a third book with Springer in 2020 on statistical methods for modelling learning processes and longitudinal assessment and evaluation. These three 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. 

Links to the three books published:

2020 The Art of Modelling the Learning Process: Uniting Educational Research and Practice https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-43082-52019

Statistical Methods for Experimental Research in Education and Psychology https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-21241-42019

Instructional Design Principles for High-Stakes Problem-Solving Environments https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2808-4


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


View Jimmie's publications on Google Scholar.


  • 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).
  • Was part of PhD supervision team (together with Prof Dr Cees van der Vleuten) of Dr Yasushi Matsuyama, also at Maastricht University's School of Health Professions Education (2016-2020) who defended his thesis on 5 October 2020.
Honours and awards
  • Keynotes:
  • 2021 (upcoming, July): Japan Society for Medical Education (JSME) Meeting, Japan (this year online)
  • 2020: OpenCampus Conference, Munich, Germany
  • 2019: International Clinical Skills Conference (ICSC), Prato, Tuscany, Italy
  • 2017: International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) Meeting, Burlington, Vermont, United States
  • 2016: International Cognitive Load Theory Conference (ICLTC), Bochum, Germany
  • 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