26393-O'Loughlin, Valerie

Valerie D. O'Loughlin, PhD

Director of Undergraduate Medical Education at IUSM-Bloomington

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Bloomington, IN 47405
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Valerie Dean O'Loughlin received her undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary, and her PhD in biological anthropology from Indiana University.  She is Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology at Indiana University School of Medicine - Bloomington (IUSM-B), where she teaches human gross anatomy to medical students, basic human anatomy to undergraduates, and human anatomy for medical imaging evaluation to undergraduate and graduate students. She also teaches a pedagogical methods course and mentors MS and PhD students pursuing anatomy education research.She is active in the American Association for Anatomy (AAA) and the International Association for Medical Science Educators (IAMSE). She is a President Emeritus of the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS) and currently serves on the Steering Committee of HAPS. She received the AAA Basmajian Award for excellence in teaching gross anatomy and outstanding accomplishments in scholarship in education. In 2014 she received the Scholar Educator award from the Indiana University School of Medicine, which recognizes a single faculty member who approaches teaching through a scholarly lens, and in 2018 received the IUSM Seifert Anatomical Sciences Achievement Award. In 2018, she received the Henry Gray Distinguished Educator Award from AAA and became a Fellow of AAA. Valerie is coauthor of two textbooks: McKinley/O’Loughlin/Pennefather-O’Brien: Human Anatomy, 6th edition and McKinley/O’Loughlin/Bidle: Anatomy & Physiology: An Integrative Approach, 4th edition. 

Key Publications

McKinley, MP, O’Loughlin, VD, and Pennefather-O’Brien, EHuman Anatomy, 6th edition, New York: McGraw-Hill LLC, © 2021.

O’Loughlin, VD, Bidle, TS and McKinley, MP.  Human Anatomy and Physiology: An Integrative Approach, 4th edition, New York: McGraw-Hill  LLC © 2022.

O’Loughlin, VD. (2020) Chapter 52: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Anatomy.  In: LK Chan and W. Pawlina (eds.) Teaching Anatomy – A Practical Guide, 2nd edition. New York, NY: Springer Publishing.

Robinson, JM, O’Loughlin, VD, Kearns, K and Plummer, L. (editors) Teaching as if Learning Matters: Next Generation Faculty Learn to Teach in Higher Education. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 376 pp. © 2022.

Reynolds, AM, Goodwin, ME, O’Loughlin, VD. (2022) General Trends in Skeletal Muscle Coverage in Undergraduate Human Anatomy and Anatomy & Physiology Courses. Advances in Physiology Education, 46(2):309-318. https://doi.org/10.1152/advan.00084.2021

O’Loughlin, VD, Reynolds, AM, Goodwin, ME. (2022) Skeletal Muscle Coverage in Undergraduate Courses, Part 2: A Comparison of Stand-alone Human Anatomy and Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) Courses. Advances in Physiology Education (online ahead of print) https://doi.org/10.1152/advan.00038.2022  

O’Loughlin, VD, Griffith, LM. (2020) Developing Student Metacognition through Reflective Writing in an Upper-Level Anatomy Course. Anatomical Sciences Education 13:680-693. https://doi.org/10.1002/ase.1945

Husmann, PR and O’Loughlin, VD. (2019) Another nail in the coffin for learning styles? Disparities among undergraduate anatomy students’ study habits, class performance and their reported VARK learning styles. Anatomical Sciences Education 12:6-19. https://doi.org/10.1002/ase.1777

Upson-Taboas, C, Montoya, JR, O’Loughlin, VD. (2019) Impact of Web-Based Animations on Understanding and Learning Cardiovascular Embryology.  Advances in Physiology Education 43:55-65. https://doi.org/10.1152/advan.00121.2018

O’Loughlin, VD, Husmann, PR, and Brokaw, JJ. (2019) Development and Implementation of the Inaugural Anatomy Education Research Institute. Anatomical Sciences Education 12:181-190. https://doi.org/10.1002/ase.1825

O’Loughlin, VD, Kearns, KD, Robinson, JM, Sherwood-Laughlin, C. (2017) How do we train our future faculty to teach? A multidisciplinary comparison of graduate level pedagogy courses offered at a large Midwestern university. College Teaching 65(4):172-181. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/87567555.2017.1333081

Titles & Appointments

  • Director of Undergraduate Medical Education at IUSM-Bloomington
  • Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology
  • President Emeritus, Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS)
  • Fellow, American Association for Anatomy

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