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 spands a breadth of knowledge and experience in conceptualizing and designing a wide variety of quantitative and qualitative methodologies in the domains of medical education, basic science, clinical education and science education. The focus of her life's work is understanding the organization of knowledge in memory in relation of problem solving and clinical reasoning. This research is directed towards applying the cognitive neurosciences towards the development and testing of a neuroeducational theory of learning.

Dr. Longo’s long-standing educational philosophy is viewed from a learner-centered approach to instruction sculpted by her experiences 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 by affording faculty a more transformative pedagogy. The goal of creating these links is to inform a more efficient and productive integration of curriculum, student assessment with program evaluation.

Dr. Longo brings to UT Southwestern 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.


St Bonaventure University (1969), Biology
Graduate School
Fairleigh Dickinson University (1976), Human Development
Graduate School
Columbia University (2001), Science Education

Research Interest

  • Cognitive level of biomedical knowledge assessment
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Biofield Research
  • Design and testing competency-based assessment tools for Entrusted Professional Activities
  • Knowledge Networks and Cognition - Student's thinking processes
  • Neuroeducational theory of learning
  • The role of Knowledge Organization and Learning Behaviors in reasoning and decision making


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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)