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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 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.

Her research focus spans testing medical education learning environments for the enhancement of clinical reasoning to testing an opsin retinal gene hypothesis to explain gender differences in achievement from the cognitive contributions of learning with color.

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

Research Interest

  • Clinical Reasoning and Learning Behavior
  • Cognitive Contributions of Color to Learning
  • Cognitive Informatics of Knowledge Organization in Clinical Reasoning
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Biofield Research
  • Learning Sciences approach to Diagnostic Training


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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)