Faculty: Van Hoof

Thomas Van Hoof

Thomas J. Van Hoof

Associate Professor, Schools of Nursing and Medicine
Director of Teaching and Learning, School of Nursing
Director, Certificate in Health Professions Education
Faculty Affiliate, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

P: (860) 486-0575
University of Connecticut
School of Nursing
Storrs Hall, Room 313A
231 Glenbrook Rd. U-4026
Storrs, CT 06269

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

The use of educational interventions to change clinician behavior and improve patient outcomes

The application of science of learning strategies to health professions education


Further reading: Learning Science Strategies – Five Modules

Selected Publications

Dunnack, H., Van Hoof, T. J., Banfi, V., Polifroni, E. C. (in press). A scoping review of distributed practice in nursing education. Nursing Education Perspectives.

Van Hoof, T. J., Sumeracki, M. A., Madan, C. R. (2020). Science of learning strategy series: Article 1, distributed practice. Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions. Published ahead of print. https://journals.lww.com/jcehp/Abstract/9000/Science_of_Learning_Strategy_Series__Article_1,.99874.aspx

Van Hoof, T. J., Walsh, S. J., Missal, J., Burkey, D. D. (2019). Findings and critique of an extracurricular program in the science of learning to improve educational outcomes for engineering students. Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research 20(2), 32-38.  https://www.jstem.org/jstem/index.php/JSTEM/article/view/2419/2137

Chappell, K., Jeong D., ElChamaa, R., Lundmark, V., Kendall-Gallagher, D., Salt, E., Newhouse, R., Johantgen M, Reeves, S., Moore, D., Olson, C., Van Hoof, T., Price, D., Campbell, C., Danilovich, N., Kitto, S. (2019). Constructing a sensitizing definition of certification in nursing for research purposes: A hybrid methodology using consensus-building approach. Journal of Nursing Administration 49(1), 12-18. DOI: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000701.

Van Hoof, T. J., Doyle, T. J. (2018). Learning science as a potential new source of understanding and improvement for continuing education and continuing professional development. Medical Teacher 40(9), 880-885. DOI: 10.1080/0142159X.2018.1425546.

Honors and Awards

Fellow, American College of Medical Quality, 2020-present

Teaching Fellow Award, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, University of Connecticut, 2019

Mary Lawrence Research Productivity Award, University of Connecticut School of Nursing, 2014

Health Service Alumni Award, Saint Anselm College, 2013

Excellence Award for Teaching Promise, UConn Chapter, American Association of University Professors, 2013

Friend of Nursing Award, Mu Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, 2013

Star Teacher’s Award, University of Connecticut School of Nursing, 2009

Annual Award for Excellence, Mental Health in Independent School Communities, 2006

Kaiser Permanente Clinical Teacher of the Year Award, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, 1998


Certified in Medical Quality, American Board of Medical Quality, 2012-2028