Jessica Stokes-Parish

Jessica Stokes-Parish

What are your research interests?

  • Patient Safety
  • Moulage
  • Simulation based education for teaching health professionals
  • Human interactions with simulations of reality

Why did you get into research?

I would love my research to transform the way we as health care professionals learn and deliver care. Ultimately how we learn impacts on how we deliver healthcare.


Dr Jessica Stokes-Parish is a simulation expert and surgical quality improvement specialist. She has over 10 years’ experience in a range of industry sectors, complex domains and occupational settings. Jessica is experienced in project management and a variety of quality improvement methods to improve service delivery and outcomes in healthcare.

Jessica’s research has focused on trying to understand and enhance the way that people perform in complex, and often, highly safety-critical environments. Her particular attention has been on the interactions between authenticity and engagement in simulations of reality. These interactions are particularly important in understanding how humans respond to artificial representations of reality.

Jessica has authored chapters and a number of peer-reviewed articles and secured competitive funding in the simulation and academic industries to focus on this work. She has been the Lead Convener for the Australasian Simulation Congress and served in executive and board positions, including as the founding Chair of the Women in Simulation Specialist Committee and Officer to the Board of Simulation Australasia.

Jessica’s research has attracted a number of awards, including the Best Works in Progress prize for the SimHealth 2015 conference for her work in the use of moulage in simulation. In addition to this, she was the recipient of the 2017 Novice Researcher award by the international Society for Simulation in Healthcare for her work exploring the interaction between engagement and authenticity in artificial representations of reality. In addition to this, Jessica has been an invited scholar to the University of British Columbia Centre for Health Education Scholarship, The Wilson Centre and The University of Bern’s Institute for Medical Education.

Future Focus

My future focus is to further expand my work around authenticity and its influence on health professions education, and ultimately patient safety.

Specialised/Technical Skills

Jessica is an experienced researcher in health professions education. This includes a variety of methods including:

  • Delphi Technique
  • Wearable Eye-tracking
  • Mixed-methods research design
  • Simulation-based research conditions



ABC Newcastle interview with Kia Handley - 24 September 2019