Ronald M. Cervero, PhD

Ronald M. Cervero, PhD


Name: Ronald M. Cervero, PhD

Department of Primary Appointment: Dept. of Medicine
Position: USU Faculty
Title: Professor and Associate Director, Remote Campus Education


Curriculum Vitae

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Ronald M. Cervero is a professor and associate director for remote campus education in the Department of Medicine’s Graduate Programs in Health Professions Education. Prior to his recent move to USU, he held a variety of leadership roles at the University of Georgia (UGA). He served as Head of the Department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy and Associate Dean for Outreach and Engagement in the College of Education. Most recently, he was the Associate Vice President for Instruction with administrative responsibility for the University’s Science Learning Center, Office of Online Learning, Center for Teaching and Learning, Office of Academic Assessment, Extended Campuses, and Air Force and Army ROTC.  He provided significant and sustained leadership for distance education since 2001 when he led the Department to offer UGA’s first online graduate degree. Since then, he has been responsible for the growth of online learning programs for the College of Education and served as interim director of the University’s Office of Online Learning.

Dr. Cervero has provided intellectual and organizational leadership for the field of health professions education over the span of his career. He has published extensively in health professions education, with special emphasis on continuing professional development and has recently given invited speeches or keynotes for the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health, the Alliance for Continuing Medical Education, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, Harvard Medical School, Vanderbilt University Medical School, Marine Corps University, HHS’s Bureau of Health Professions, the American Occupational Therapy Association, and the Medical Association of Georgia. He serves on the Advisory Board on Interprofessional Continuing Education for the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education and as a Consulting Editor for the Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions.  He was extensively involved in health professions education at the University of Georgia where he founded and served as co-director of the Institute for Evidence-Based Health Professions Education, was the co-PI for Georgia’s Public Health Training Center, and served for seven years as the educational consultant for the Augusta University-UGA Medical Partnership to strengthen the medical school’s teaching, curriculum development, and educational research projects. He recently led the Provost’s initiative on interprofessional education that led to the creation of a campus-wide effort to build and sustain an IPE program linking all health professions units.

Dr. Cervero received the Aderhold Distinguished Professor Award in 2008 for excellence in research, teaching, and outreach from the University of Georgia’s College of Education. 

Research Interests

Dr. Cervero’s research interests include continuing professional development for healthcare outcomes, practice-based education, leadership and organizational change, and the politics of educational planning.


  • Ph.D., Education, University of Chicago
  • M.A., Social Sciences, University of Chicago


  • Leadership in HPE (USU)
  • Theory to Practice in HPE IV: Curriculum Development (USU)
  • Adult Learning (UGA, Northern Illinois University)
  • Continuing Education for the Professions (UGA, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Tennessee, Northern Illinois University)
  • Program Planning Theory and Research (UGA, University of British Columbia, Penn State University, Teacher’s College-Columbia University)
  • Program Evaluation (UGA, Northern Illinois University)

Areas of Expertise

  • Continuing professional development
  • Educational leadership
  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Online/Distance learning
  • Curriculum and program planning

Professional Activities

  • Co-chair, Planning Committee, Exploring a Business Case for High-Value Continuing Professional  Development: A Workshop, Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
  • External Consultant, Institute of Medicine (2010), Redesigning continuing education in the health professions. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press
  • Lead Faculty, Institute for Leadership in Continuing Professional Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Led Institutional Strategic Planning for the Conjoint Commission on Continuing Medical Education, Chicago and the Alliance for Continuing Medical Education

Select Publications

  1. Cervero, R.M., Artino, A.R., Daley, B.J., & During, S.J. (in press). Health professions education graduate programs are a pathway to strengthening continuing professional development. Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions.
  2. Cervero, R.M. (2017). Provider accreditation and program planning as policy levers for continuing medical education. In B. Käpplinger, S. Robak, A. von Hipple, & W. Gieske (Eds.), Cultures of program planning in adult education: Concepts, research results, and archives (pp. 209-228). Frankfurt/Main: Peter LANG.
  3. Cervero, R.M., & Daley, B.J. (2016). Continuing professional education: A contested space. In M. Coady (Ed.), Contexts, practices, and challenges: Critical insights from continuing professional education. New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, No. 151 (pp. 9-18). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  4. Daley, B.J., & Cervero, R.M. (2016). Learning as the basis for continuing professional education. In M. Coady (Ed.), Contexts, practices, and challenges: Critical insights from continuing professional education. New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, No. 151 (pp. 19-29). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  5. Cervero, R.M. (2015). Changing continuing medical education. JAMA-Journal of the American Medical Association, 314(10), 1072.
  6. Cervero, R.M., & Gaines, J.K. (2015). The impact of CME on physician performance and patient health outcomes: An updated synthesis of systematic reviews. Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions, 35(2), 131-137.
  7. Nuss, M.A., Hill, J.R., Cervero, R.M., Gaines, J.K., & Middendorf, B.F. (2014). Real-time use of the iPad by third year medical students for clinical decision support and learning: A mixed methods study. Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives, 4(4).
  8. Cervero, R.M. (2011). Lifespan professional development through practice-based education: Implications for the health professions. In G.J. Neimeyer & J.M. Taylor (Eds.), Continuing professional development and lifelong learning: Issues, impacts, and outcomes (pp. 265-276). New York:  Nova Science Publishers.
  9. Cervero, R.M., & Moore, D.E. (2011). The Cease Smoking Today (CS2day) initiative: A guide to pursue the 2010 IOM report for CPD. Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions, 31 (S1), S76-S82.
  10. Ebell, M.H., Cervero, R.M., & Joaquin, E. (2011). Questions asked by physicians as the basis for continuing education needs assessment. Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions, 31(1), 3-14.
  11. Cervero, R.M. (2009). Integrating physician judgment and social systems in practice-based medical education. Journal of Korean HRD Research, 4(1), 73-89.
  12. Johnson-Bailey, J., & Cervero, R.M. (2008). Different worlds and divergent paths: Academic careers defined by race and gender. Harvard Educational Review, 78(2), 311-332.  
  13. Merriam, S.B., Courtenay, B.C., & Cervero, R.M. (Eds.). (2006). Global issues and adult education: Perspectives from Latin America, Southern Africa, and the United States. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  14. Cervero, R.M., & Wilson, A.L. (2006). Working the planning table: Negotiating democratically for adult, continuing, and workplace education. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  15. Robertson, M.K., Umble, K.E., & Cervero, R.M. (2003). Impact studies in continuing education for health professions: Update. Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions, 23(3), 146-156.
  16. Cervero, R.M. (2003). Place matters in physician practice and learning. Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions, 23,S10-S18.
  17. Aiken, L.C., Cervero, R.M., & Johnson-Bailey, J. (2001). Black women in nursing education completion programs: Issues affecting participation. Adult Education Quarterly, 51, 306-321.
  18. Cervero, R.M., Wilson, A.L., & Associates. (2001). Power in practice: Adult education and the struggle for knowledge and power in society. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. [Foreword by M.W. Apple]
  19. Umble, K.E., Cervero, R.M., & Langone, C.E. (2001). Negotiating about power, frames, and continuing education: A case study in public health. Adult Education Quarterly, 51, 128-145.
  20. Umble, K.E., Cervero, R.M., Yang, B., & Atkinson, W.L. (2000). Effects of traditional classroom and distance continuing education: A theory-driven evaluation of a vaccine-preventable diseases course. American Journal of Public Health, 90, 1218-1224.
  21. Umble, K.E., & Cervero, R.M. (1996). Impact studies in continuing education for health professionals: A critique of the research syntheses. Evaluation & the Health Professions, 19(2), 148-174.
  22. Cervero, R.M., & Wilson, A.L. (1995). Responsible planning for continuing education in the health professions. Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions, 15, 196-202.
  23. Cervero, R.M., & Wilson, A.L. (1994). Planning responsibly for adult education: A guide to negotiating power and interests. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  24. Schell, B.A., & Cervero, R.M. (1993). Clinical reasoning in occupational therapy: An integrative review. The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 47, 605-610.
  25. Cervero, R.M. (1992). Professional practice, learning, and continuing education: An integrated perspective. International Journal of Lifelong Education, 11(2), 91-101.
  26. Cervero, R.M. (1990). The importance of practical knowledge and implications for continuing education. Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions, 10, 85-94.
  27. Cervero, R.M. (1988). Effective continuing education for professionals. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. [Foreword by D.A. Schon].
  28. Rottet, S., & Cervero, R.M. (1986). Clinical evaluation of a nursing orientation program. Journal of Nursing Staff Development, 2(3), 110-114.
  29. Cervero, R.M. (1985). Continuing professional education and behavioral change: A model for research and evaluation. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 16(3), 85-88.