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The Healthcare Education Transformation Podcast

Aug 22, 2020

On today's show, we welcome a father-daughter duo, Mark McDaniel, PhD, a professor of psychology at the University of Washington and Leda McDaniel, PT, DPT, a licensed physical therapist from Atlanta, Georgia. Our guests will be discussing concrete techniques for becoming more productive learners.


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Leda McDaniel, PT, DPT is a practicing Physical Therapist in Atlanta, GA. She completed an Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency at Emory University in July 2020. During her residency, she served as a guest lecturer and teaching assistant within select courses in Emory’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. Leda earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2019 from Ohio University and during her graduate studies also served as a teaching assistant and peer tutor to first and second year DPT students in gross anatomy, neuroanatomy, biomechanics and musculoskeletal courses. Leda’s passion for physical therapy is paralleled by an interest in teaching and education and she is fortunate enough to be the daughter of Dr. Mark McDaniel, the prominent educational psychologist and author of Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning (2014).

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Mark McDaniel, PhD Mark McDaniel is a Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, and the Director of the Center for Integrative Research in Cognition, Learning, and Education (CIRCLE). He received his Ph.D. from University of Colorado in 1980. His research is in the general area of human learning and memory, with an emphasis on prospective memory, encoding and retrieval processes in episodic memory and applications to educational contexts. His educationally relevant research includes a series of studies on elaborative study techniques, learning of science categories, and enhancing learning through testing (repeated retrieval), with much of this latter work being conducted in college and middle school classrooms. His research has been sponsored by the Institute of Educational Sciences, the James S. McDonnell Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and NASA.  McDaniel has served as Associate Editor of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition and as President of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association and of Divisions 3 of the American Psychological Association. He has published over 300 journal articles, book chapters, and edited books on human learning and memory, and is the co-author with Peter Brown and Henry Roediger of the recent book: Make It Stick:  The Science of Successful Learning (Harvard University Press,

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