Sarah McBrien, PhD

Assistant Professor and Director of Academic Affairs

College of Allied Health Professions
Department of Allied Health Professions Education, Research, & Practice

University of Nebraska Medical Center
College of Allied Health Professions
984000 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-4000

Academic Appointments:
Director of Academic Affairs, College of Allied Health Professions, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2022-present
Director of Curriculum & Assessment, College of Allied Health Professions, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2017-2022
Assistant Professor, College of Allied Health Professions, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2017

PhD, College of Education and Human Sciences, UNL 2018, Educational Studies (Instructional Technology) Dissertation Title: Effects of Structural Flaws on the Psychometric Qualities of Multiple-Choice Questions
MS, College of Education, UNO, 2005
BS, College of Education & Allied Professions, University of Dayton (Ohio), 2001

Primary Teaching Responsibilities:
HPTT 605/805 Evaluation & Assessment of Teaching and Learning in the Health Professions

Selected Publications & Presentations:
Allain, DC, Armel, SR, Carmany, EP, Creswick, H, McBrien, SB, Reed, K, Williams, JL.  The Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling’s response to COVID-19 impact on genetic counseling programs. J. Genet. Couns. 2021: July.

Webster TL, Honeycutt K, Becker BJ, Haggar FL, Kennel VL, McBrien SB. Fix Your Leaky Pipeline: Support Women in Pursuit of Advanced Degrees. Med.Sci.Educ. (2021).

Webster TL, McBrien S, Mehrer G, Sayles H. Feasibility of a Readiness Exam for Predicting Radiography Program Success: A Pilot Study. Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice. April 2020.

Rohlfsen C, Sayles H, Moore GF, Mikuls TR, O’Dell JR, McBrien S, Johnson T, Fowler ZD, Cannella AC. Innovation in early medical education, no bells or whistles required. BMC Med Ed. 2020.

McBrien S, Bailey Z, Ryder J, Scholer P, Talmon G. Improving outcomes: a retrospective review study design in pathology education for medical students. Am J Clin Pathol. 152: 775-781. 2019.

Love LM, Haggar FL, McBrien SB, Buzalko RJ, Hartman TL, Shope RJ, Beck Dallaghan GL (2018).  Supporting the professional identity of medical science educators: understanding faculty motivations for quality improvement in teaching. Med Sci Educ., 28 (4). PDF of article

McBrien SB. Item Banking in ExamSoft for Accreditation and Program Evaluation. Presented at: ExamSoft Assessment Conference; 27 June 2018; Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

McBrien SB. Using Categories for Evidence-Based Program Evaluation.  Presented at: Assessment on Tour; 11 May 2017; Chicago, IL.

McBrien SB, Czarnecki DK. Improving the Test-taking Experience through Comprehensive Item Review.  Presented at: American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting; 30 April 2017; San Antonio, TX.

Reiff D, Braith A, Rothgeb E, Liu Y, Ryder J, Scholer P, Zurbuchen, McBrien S, Talmon G. Interventions in Pathology Education: A Systematic Review of the Tools Used to Measure Student Performance.  Presented at: United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology Annual Meeting; 6 March 2017; San Antonio, TX.

McBrien SB, Czarnecki DK.  Maximum Impact: Approaches to Using Categories for Assessment Building, Student Feedback, and Program Evaluation.  Presented at:  ExamSoft Assessment Conference; 16 June 2016; Dallas, TX.

Moore P, Hartman TL, McBrien SB, Becker BJ, Cloonan DJ.  Student Builders of Online Curriculum Content.  What are Their Perceptions and Motivations?  Presented at: Central Group on Educational Affairs, Annual Meeting; 30 March 2017; Chicago, IL.

Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling Board of Directors, 2020-present
Interprofessional Academy of Educators, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2016-present
American Educational Research Association, Graduate Student Representative, 2015-2018
The Nebraska Educator, Editorial Board, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2013-2017