Martha Howell, EdD has served as a medical educator for 18 years working with both undergraduate and graduate medical trainees in addition to supporting faculty development. She is a senior consultant for the Chief Quality Officer at Baylor Scott & White Health leading the Academy of Communication in Healthcare (ACH) - Relationship-Centered Communication Program. Martha trains and certifies ACH facilitators as well as provide coaching for clinical and operational members and/or their teams. She’s taught in the following content areas: efficient communication, conflict engagement, effective team communication, navigating microaggressions, coaching, leadership, adult education, simulation methodology, and curriculum design.

Formal education consists of a bachelor of arts in psychology with a minor in Spanish, a master of education in counseling and human development, and a doctorate in educational leadership with an emphasis on graduate medical education communication assessment. Additionally, she has completed a certificate program in Foresight and simulation. Currently, she is completing the ACH Faculty in Training program due to graduate in February of 2023.   

Martha elicits her learners’ vision and/or goals to adapt the delivery of the training content so both educational and personal goals are aligned. She is a lifelong learner (Learner is her #1 on the StrengthsFinder) and seeks to support her learners and/or teams via appreciative inquiry.   

She is active in her community, serving on the Council for Medical Education for the Texas Medical Association, serving as Vice President for Fiscal affairs of the Texas Medical Association Alliance, and serving on the board of Feed My Sheep Temple.  When not involved in her local and state community, Martha enjoys traveling as well as trying new foods and cultural experiences with her husband Alan (an Infectious Disease physician).  

  • EdD, Educational Administration, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Belton, TX
  • MEd, Counseling & Human Development, Hardin Simmons University, Abilene, TX
  • BA, Psychology, in Spanish, McMurry University, Abilene, TX

Research Interests

Martha’s research interests include communication skills training and assessment, multidisciplinary team communication, process improvement to support safety, quality and patient experience to support the human experience for all in healthcare. 

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