faculty profile

Regina G. Russell   PhD, MA, MEd

Director for Assessment and Evaluation
Associate Professor


Regina G. Russell PhD MA MEd is director for assessment and evaluation at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and associate professor in the Health Promotion, Populations and Health Systems faculty community. Dr. Russell is a social scientist working at the intersection of organizing and learning in health sciences education. She focuses on the measurement of individual and organizational performance to help drive learning and educational quality improvement. She has three decades of experience in higher and professional education and graduate degrees in higher education, sociology, and public administration. Dr. Russell is part of the VUSN Center for Research Development and Scholarship and the VU Data Science Institute. [https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5540-7073]


  • PhD, Tennessee State University (public policy and administration)
  • MA, University of Tennessee (sociology)
  • MEd, University of Arkansas (higher education)


Vanderbilt University Generative Artificial Intelligence Seed Grant
Russell (PI) 03/2024-02/2025
Future-FLO: Engaging a large language model in grant evaluation for nursing education  

U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration
Phillippi (PI) 09/2023 - 06/2027
Midwifery Education - Access and Diversity of the Workforce (MEADOW)
Role: Grant Evaluator .2 FTE

AAMC Group on Educational Affairs
Mason, H (PI) 03/2021 - 06/2023
Doctors Like Me: A National Exploration of Professional Identify Formation Among First-Generation and/or Low-Income (FGLI) Medical Trainees. Role: Consultant, Co-Investigator

IBM Watson Health - Vanderbilt Univ Medical Ctr Collaborative
Miller, B (PI) 06/2020 - 01/2022
Effective Use of Artificial Intelligence to Enhance Clinical Practice: Review of current evidence and development of learner competencies. Role: Co-Investigator

Vanderbilt University Biostatistics
Department - Faculty Development Grant
Davidson, M (PI) 07/2018 - 06/2019
When are medical students ready for the supervised practice of medicine? A mixed methods evaluation of Curriculum 2.0. Role: Evaluation Consultant

Kern National Network for Caring and Character in Medicine
Miller, B (PI) 06/2018 - 2/2023
KNN Clinical Learning Environment Collaborative
Role: Co-Investigator, Section Co-Leader

Representative Publications


Haveman C, Mason HRC, Russell RG, Casillas A, Nguyen M, Boatright D, Webber A, Parilla JA, Gallegos A, Wyatt TR. Challenges Facing First-Generation College Graduates in Medical School: A Qualitative Analysis. JAMA Network Open. 2023. 6(12):e2347528. 

Novak LL, Russell RG, Garvey KV, Patel M, Craig KJT, Snowdon J, Miller BM. Clinical Use of Artificial Intelligence Requires AI-Capable Organizations. Journal of the American Informatics Association Open. 2023.

Fowler M, Crook T, Russell RG, Cutrer WB. Master Clinical Teachers and Personalized Learning. The Clinical Teacher. 2022.

Russell RG, Novak LL, Patel M, Garvey KV, Craig KJT, Jackson GP, Moore D, Miller BM. Competencies for the Use of Artificial Intelligence Tools by Healthcare Professionals. Academic Medicine. 2023.

Garvey KV, Craig KJT, Russell RG, Novak LL, Moore D, Miller BM. Considering Clinician Competencies for Implementing Artificial Intelligence-Based Tools in Health Care: Findings from a Scoping Review. JMIR Medical Informatics. 2022.

Lam L, Jackson K, York M, Ufuah S, Zimmerman E, Fleming A, Vinson K, Russell RG. Improving the Clinical Learning Environment as Medical Students through the Learning Environment Assessment and Feedback (LEAF) Committee. Academic Medicine. Vol. 97, November 2022 Supplement(11S): S133.

Nguyen M, Mason HRC, Russell RG, Boatright D. Professional Identity Formation among Diverse US Medical Students: A Quantitative Analysis of the Impact of Socioeconomic Status. Academic Medicine (November 2022 Supplement). 2022; 97(11S): S170.

Webber CJ., Russell RG., Cutrer WB. Intentionality with Teams and Technology: The Right Stuff for Clinical Teachers. SGIM Forum. 2022 Oct 10/5/2022.

Garvey KV, Craig KJT, Russell RG, Novak L, Moore D, Preininger AM, Jackson GP, Miller BM. The Potential and the Imperative: the Gap in AI-Related Clinical Competencies and the Need to Close It. Med Sci Educ. 2021 Dec; 31(6): 2055-60.

York M, Langford K, Davidson MA, Hemingway C, Russell RG, Neeley M, Fleming A. Becoming Active Bystanders and Advocates: Teaching Medical Students to Respond to Bias in the Clinical Setting. Med Ed Portal. 2021 Aug.

Davidson MA, Russell RG. Would You Work for a Racist? Edge for Scholars. 2020 Aug; Same Place Different Location (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion): 7200+ views as March 2023.

Jessee MA, Russell RG, Kennedy BB, Dietrich MS, Schorn MN. Development and Pilot Testing of a Multidimensional Learning Environment Survey. Nurse Educ. 2019 Dec; 45(5): E50-E54.

Cutrer WB, Russell RG, Davidson M, Lomis KD. Assessing medical student performance of Entrustable Professional Activities: A mixed methods comparison of Co-Activity and Supervisory Scales. Med Teach. 2019 Nov 11/12/2019; 1-8.

Kennedy BB, Russell RG, Martinez W, Gigante CI, Penrod CH, Ehrenfeld JM, Vinson KN, Swan R, Schorn MN, Brady DW, Miller B. Development of an interprofessional clinical learning environment report card. Journal of Professional Nursing. 2019 Jul; 35(4): 314-9.


Russell RG. Exploring Knowledge-Practice Networks in U.S. Academic Health Centers [dissertation]. Nashville (United States): ETD Collection for Tennessee State University; 2019 Aug.188 p. Available from:

Representative Presentations

Russell RG and Novak LL. Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Optometric and Allied Health Professions. Invited Education Symposium. American Academy of Optometry Annual Conference. Indiana. 2024 Nov.

Russell RG and Miller BM. AI-Related Clinical Competencies for Health Professionals: Developing CE Strategies. Invited Mini Plenary Speaker. Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. 2024 May.

Lin A, Yi A, Russell RG. Artificial Intelligence Competencies for Pharmacy Education. Invited Panelist. Use of AI in Pharmacy Education Institute. American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. Online. 2024 Apr.

Holder G, Sengstack P, et al. The Future of Nursing in a World with AI. Co-presenter regarding Evaluation of AI-Based Tools. Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Tennessee. 2024 Apr.

Russell RG. Artificial Intelligence in Health Professions Education. Invited Grand Rounds Speaker in Health Professions Education. TEACH program at Virginia Tech Carillion School of Medicine. Virginia. 2024 Mar.  https://www.teach.vtc.vt.edu/education-grand-rounds-videos/

Russell RG, Jordan KL, Reid E, Chang A. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Workforce Development. Invited Panelist. National Institutes of Health Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Consortium to Advance Health Equity and Researcher Diversity (AIM-AHEAD) Annual Meeting. Maryland. 2023 Aug.

Havemann C, Mason HR, Russell RG, Casillas A, Nguyen M, Boatright D, Webber A, Parilla JA, Gallegos A, Wyatt TR. Association of American Medical Colleges Northeast and Southern Groups on Educational Affairs 2023 Mar, Apr. Less Grit, More Support: A qualitative analysis of assets and challenges for first-generation medical students.

Babb MB, Jessee MA, Schorn M, Russell RG. National League for Nursing. Nursing Education Research Conference. Washington DC. 2023 Apr; Assessing the Learning Environment in Nursing Education: A Five-Year Report.

Russell RG, Nguyen M, Havemann C, Parilla JA, Webber A, Casillas A, Boatright D, Mason HRC. Association of American Medical Colleges Southern Group on Educational Affairs, Tennessee. 2023 Mar. "I Felt Very Out of Place": Person-environment fit as a lens to understand first generation and low-income medical student experiences.

Russell RG. International Association of Medical Science Educators Virtual Forum. Global. 2022 Dec. Scientific Research Output is Related to Hospital Outcomes in Academic Health Centers.

Nguyen M, Mason HRC, Russell RG, Havemann C, Boatright D. Association of American Medical Colleges Learn Serve Lead Annual Conference, Tennessee. 2022 Nov 11. Association between multiple marginalized backgrounds with professional identity formation for medical students.

Lam L, Ufuah S, Jackson K, York M, Zimmerman E, Fleming A, Vinson K. Russell RG. Association of American Medical Colleges Learn Serve Lead Annual Conference, Tennessee. 2022 Nov 11. Improving the Clinical Learning Environment as Medical Students through the Learning Environment Assessment and Feedback (LEAF) Committee.

Russell RG, Curkovic N, Borga V, Lam L, Ufuah S, Krishnapura S, Vinson K. Kern National Network for Caring and Character in Medicine, Wisconsin. 2022 Sep 29; Medical Student Roles in Clinical Learning Environment Improvement: An interactive workshop.

Vinson K, Russell RG, Kennedy BB, Hunderfund A. Kern National Network for Caring and Character in Medicine, Wisconsin. 2022 Sep 29; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Climate Scale for Health Professions Learners: Lessons from interprofessional and interorganizational collaborative development.

Luk J, Petty E, Russell RG, Vinson K, Williams R, Anwer S, Bosco J, Kern National Network Program Office. Northeast Group on Educational Affairs, New York. 2022 Jul 26; Humanities-Based Enrichment for Medical Students: Becoming Physicians for Equitable Flourishing.

Russell RG, Dandar V. Kern National Network for Caring and Character in Medicine, Wisconsin. 2022 Mar 29; Measurement of Learning Environments. [recording at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYyXu2sU8Us]

Thomas Craig KJ, Russell RG, Novak LL, Patel M, Garvey KV, Jackson GP, Miller BM. American Medical Informatics Association, Texas. 2022 Feb 1; Developing Individual Competencies and Organizational Capabilities in Artificial Intelligence to Support Safe and Ethical Clinical Care.

Russell, RG. National First-Generation Connections: Faculty-staff organization to support first-generation students in health sciences. 2022 Jan 7; Becoming a Red Spotted Purple Butterfly and Other Tales of Resilience.

Russell RG, Novak LL, Patel M, Garvey KV, Thomas Craig KJ, Miller B. University Schools of Medicine and Nursing, Health Professions Education Research Day. Tennessee. 2021 Dec 3; Probably want to know a bit more about the magic: Competencies for the use of artificial intelligence tools by healthcare workers in clinical settings.

Russell RG, Novak LL, Garvey KV, Miller BM. Academy for Professionalism in Health Care. 2021 Oct 28; Health Care Is About Humans First: Competencies Needed for The Ethical Use of AI.

Davidson MA, Russell RG. American Statistical Association, Virginia. 2021 Feb 19; Developing Well-Rounded Statistical Collaboration Skills with Case-Based Learning.