Victoria Roach, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Anatomy in the Department of Foundational Medical Studies

Victoria Roach, Ph.D.

Dr. Roach joined Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine faculty in March 2016. She teaches gross anatomy to medical students.

Dr. Roach received her Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Clinical Anatomy from The University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario, Canada) and her Honors B.Sc. in Biomedical Biology from Laurentian University (Sudbury, Ontario, Canada).

While at The University of Western Ontario, she has lectured in undergraduate and graduate level anatomy courses and led dissection based laboratory sessions. She has taught anatomy in both traditional laboratory settings and in novel, fully online format environments using videoconferencing software and the virtual 3D visualizations of the human body. She is also experienced in histological anatomy, having taught undergraduate students in the microscope laboratory at The University of Western Ontario. During the course of her graduate degrees, she was also a Sessional Instructor with continuing studies at The University of Western University, where she taught the grantsmanship and budgetary components of the financial aspects of clinical trials course within the Clinical Trials Management Program.

Dr. Roach’s research interest resides in how an individual’s aptitude for spatial reasoning is reflected in both technical skill and knowledge acquisition. Her past work focused on the use of eye tracking to map proficiency in spatial reasoning through visual salience. Recently, she developed a novel visual salience-based cueing strategy to direct visual attention to train spatial reasoning

She is a member of the American Association of Anatomists and The Psychonomics Society.

Contact Information:

Office: 420 O’Dowd Hall
Phone: (248) 370-3664


Anatomical science, medical and surgical education, technical skill acquisition and spatial reasoning


Ph.D. in Clinical Anatomy from The University of Western Ontario, Canada

Research Interests:

The development and evaluation of innovations for anatomical and surgical education and their differential effects across levels of spatial reasoning; including the effect of gamification, 3D visualization, cognitive load manipulation and visual cues.