Ms Priya Khanna Pathak

Associate Professor

PhD (Science Education); Masters of Education;  Masters in Zoology and Bachelors degree in Education and Zoology 

Medicine & Health
School of Clinical Medicine

A/ Prof Priya Khanna (Pathak) is an academic, educator, and researcher with a background in science and medical education; and work experience in India and Australia. A/ Prof Khanna has extensive experience in undertaking academic engagement, evaluation and research in education designs, curriculum development, emerging assessment approaches (namely programmatic assessment), Indigenous health education and evaluation of complex educational initiatives. Prior to working in the School of Clinical Medicine UNSW as a Nexus Fellow, Priya made a number of significant contributions in the design, implementation, and evaluation of large-scale innovations within Sydney Medical School’s (University of Sydney) renewed` MD Program. Some of these include systems-thinking based curriculum for clinical immersion in community-based settings; Learning Advisor-based and portfolio-driven assessment system; and renewed Indigenous Health curricular framework. Expanding on her PhD thesis on constructivist perspectives in science education, Priya contributed to a number of research and evaluation initiatives in the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Australia prior to working in the Sydney Medical School. Currently, as a Nexus Fellow, Priya is working on a number of multi and transdisciplinary projects related to UNSW's university-wide priorities around assessment reforms. 

Level 4, Lowy Building

Academic Excellence Award, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney (2019)

A/ Prof Khanna's current research interests include understanding and unpacking complex curricular reforms, mainly in emerging approaches to assessment of graduate capabilities using a programmatic approach. Her current research projects including scoping reviews and exploratory studies around major assessment reforms such as programmatic assessment and similar initiatives in Medicine, Health Sciences, Law, Engineering, Business and Science. She is also working on the application of critical realism in unpacking and dealing with complexities in curricular innovations and evaluation  of complex programs; integrated curricular designs; Indigenous Health and teaching-learning of cultural competency and emerging approaches to assessment of competence.