Vitaliy Popov, PhD

Assistant Professor of Learning Health Sciences
Director of Learning Sciences & Technology, Clinical Simulation Center
Accepting HILS PhD Students? Yes
Accepting PIBS Students? Yes


Vitaliy Popov is an Assistant Professor of Learning Health Sciences. His research program focuses on understanding how team function can be optimized to lead to better learning gains, performance, and healthcare outcomes. Current research projects are situated at the intersection of Learning Sciences, Health Sciences, Artificial Intelligence, and eXtended Reality. He is currently serving as a principal investigator on several projects funded by the National Science Foundation ranging from applying multimodal learning analytics in teamwork in VR to understanding the mechanisms of joint visual attention in the operating room. Dr. Popov completed his Ph.D. on computer-supported collaborative learning at Wageningen University & Research Center, in the Netherlands. His background allows him to utilize evidence in education science, simulation-based training and learning analytics to understand how healthcare professionals can better work in teams and how we can support these processes to foster health care delivery.

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Areas of Interest

Research and scholarly interests: multi-user VR simulations; multimodal learning analytics in the context of co-located and virtually distributed teams in clinical simulations; perception and processing of feedback in interprofessional and multicultural teams; simulation-based education

Subject matter expertise: sequential behavioral analysis; quantified ethnography methods; scaffolding in computer-supported collaborative learning; team cognition; discourse analysis; multi-channel learning data

Published Articles or Reviews

Selected published articles:

Popov V, Ruis AR, Cooke JM. Taking Stock and Looking Ahead: Evolution of Accreditation Feedback for Simulation Centers Over 8 Years Using Epistemic Network Analysis. Simulation in Healthcare: Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. 2022 doi: 10.1097/sih.0000000000000638

Salavitabar A, Popov V, Nelson J, Benedict MD, Inniss DA, Mahajan AP, Cohen MS, Owens ST: Extended Reality International Grand Rounds: An Innovative Approach to Medical Education in the Pandemic Era. Academic Medicine, 97(7), 1017-1020, 2022. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000004636

Gabelica C, Popov V: “One Size Does not Fit All”: Revisiting Team Feedback Theories from a Cultural Dimensions Perspective. Group & Organization Management, 2020.

Xing W, Popov V, Zhu G, Horwitz P, McIntyre C: The effects of transformative and non-transformative discourse on individual performance in collaborative-inquiry learning. Computers in Human Behavior 98: 267-276, 2019.

Popov V, van Leeuwen A, Buis SC: Are you with me or not? Temporal synchronicity and transactivity during CSCL. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning 33(5): 424-442, 2017. doi/abs/10.1111/jcal.12185