Mrs Karen Reynolds (née Barry) BA (Hons)

Mrs Karen Reynolds (née Barry)

Institute of Applied Health Research
Manager, Interactive Studies Unit

Contact details

+44 (0)121 414 8534
+44 (0)121 414 7938
Interactive Studies Unit, 90 Vincent Drive, Primary Care Clinical Sciences
Institute of Applied Health Research
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
Birmingham, B15 2TT

Karen holds a degree in Communication Processes. She joined the Department of Primary Care and General Practice at the University of Birmingham in September 2001. Karen is the first point of contact with the ISU if you have a training need to discuss or would like to book some role players. As well as co-ordinating the role play team Karen is also involved with recruitment, training and facilitating work. 

Karen is a member of  ASPE (Association of Standardised Patient Educators) and is past Chair of the International Committee.  Karen is a member of the Certification Committee for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

Karen has been one of the leads in Birmingham setting up the Clinical Skills Programme for the medical and PA students - these include ACEs (Associate Clinical Educators), life models and Gynaecological Teaching Associates (GTAs).


  • Introductory Certificate in First Line Management, ILM 2006
  • BA (Hons) Communication Processes, 1997


Teaching Programmes

  • Gynaecological Teaching Associates MBChB
  • PA programmes



Role play/simulated patients

Simulation in Medical Education

Women’s Health


Integrating examination skills and clinical communication

Other activities

Board member of Irish in Birmingham (charity)