Palma Longo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department: Health Care Sciences-Education and Research


Trained as an educational scientist from Columbia University Dr. Longo’s expertise is in applying the new principles of learning to advance teaching in different academic environments. Her passion for research expands a breadth of knowledge and experience in conceptualizing and designing a wide variety of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies in the domains of medical education, basic science, clinical education and science education.

Dr. Longo’s long-standing educational philosophy is viewed from a learner-centered approach to instruction sculpted by her experiences in inventing, enacting, and testing active learning pedagogy through the lens of cognitive integration. From this perspective Dr. Longo translates issues interfacing the link between theory and practice to afford faculty a more transformative pedagogy. The focus of her research is in testing learning interventions that will enhance long-term retention of problem solving knowledge by measuring the organization of knowledge in memory.

Dr. Longo brings to UTSW medical education a perspective that champions the development of active learning environments aligned with the assessment of competency benchmarks for higher order thinking during clinical and diagnostic reasoning.


Undergraduate "st Bonaventure University_,new York" (1969), Biology
Graduate School Fairleigh Dickinson University (1976)
Graduate School Columbia University in the City of New York (2001), Science

Research Interests

  • Applied Vision and Learning Sciences
  • Cognitive bias in decision making
  • Cognitive Contributions of Color to Learning
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Biofield Research
  • Knowledge Organization and Problem Solving
  • Testing Interventions to Improve Metacognition
  • Visual Thinking Networking - A Metacognitive Learning Strategy


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Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Research in Medical Education (RIME), SGEA of AAMC (2012)
  • International Society for Complementary Medicine Research (2008)
  • International Mind, Brain and Education Society (2006)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (2000)
  • National Association for Research in Science Teaching (1987)