Department of Veterinary Pathobiology

Tamara HancockTamara Hancock
Coordinator of Curriculum and Student Outcomes

Assistant Teaching Professor

  • D.V.M., Iowa State University
  • M.S., Biomedical Sciences, University of Missouri
  • Ph.D., Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum, University of Missouri
  • Diplomate ACVP (Clinical)


Building Address: W227 Veterinary Medicine Building
Phone Number: 573-882-6705


Research Emphasis:Dr. Hancock’s primary research investigates the learning environment, socialization and identity, and inclusion and belonging with particular emphasis on mental health and well-being in the veterinary medical profession. She also collaborates with faculty and students on their educational research or scholarship of teaching and learning projects.

Teaching Responsibilities:  Dr. Hancock has multiple teaching roles in the CVM. She teaches clinical pathology in the didactic and clinical DVM Curriculum (VPBIO 5578 & VPBIO 6647) and teaches communications and professional skills in various courses within the CVM (e.g., VET) and across MU’s campus (e.g., GRAD 9001). Dr. Hancock is the course coordinator for the online Veterinary Cytology course (BIOMED/V_TCH 4110 & VPBIO 7110) that is cross listed for several programs. Her work is learner-focused and has received several awards. Some of these recognitions include the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and the Alumnae Anniversary Award from the Department of Women and Gender Studies at MU.

Selected Publications: For her most up to date list of publications, check her Google Scholar.

  1. Hancock, T. S. & Karaffa, K. (2021). “Obligated to keep things under control”: Sociocultural barriers to seeking mental health services among veterinary medical students. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, Advanced Access. DOI: 10.3138/jvme-2021-0069
  2. Hancock, T. S. (2020). Embroidery as method: Stitching together narrative becomings and data. Journal of Education, 78, 97–115. DOI: 10.17159/2520-9868/i78a06
  3. Karaffa, K., Bradtke, J., & Hancock, T.S. (2020). Embedded student counseling services: Insights from veterinary mental health practitioners. Journal of College Counseling, 23(3), 276-288. DOI: 10.1002/jocc.12171
  4. Hancock, T. S. & Fontanella-Nothom, O. (2020). Becoming with/in flux: Pedagogies of sustainment (POSt). Qualitative Inquiry, 26(1), 81–88. DOI: 10.1177/1077800419874827
  5. Birt, J. A., Khajeloo, M., Rega-Brodsky, C. C., Siegel, M.A., Hancock, T. S., Cummings, K., Nguyen, P. G. (2019). Fostering agency to overcome barriers in college science teaching: Going against the grain to enact reform-based ideas. Science Education, 103(4), 770-798. DOI: 10.1002/sce.21519
  6. Hancock, T. S., Friedrichsen, P., Kinslow, A. K., & Sadler, T. D. (2019). Selecting socio-scientific issues (SSI): A grounded theory study of how science teachers collaboratively design SSI-based curricula. Science and Education, 28(6-7), 639-667. DOI: 10.1007/s11191-019-00065-x
  7. Karaffa, K. & Hancock, T. S. (2019). Mental health experiences and service use among veterinary medical students. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 46(4), 449-458. DOI: 10.3138/jvme.1017-145r1
  8. Karaffa, K. & Hancock, T. S. (2019). Mental health stigma and veterinary medical students’ attitudes toward seeking professional psychological help. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 46(4), 459-469. DOI: 10.3138/jvme.1217-185r

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