Allison P. Knight, PhD

Allison P. Knight, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, earned her master's and doctoral degrees in clinical and school psychology from the University of Virginia. She spent 10 years working for the Commonwealth of Virginia, diagnosing and treating learning disorders. Dr. Knight has served as EVMS’ Director of Academic Development since 2012, providing services to help all EVMS students be academically successful.

Student learning

Teaching effectiveness is aided by an understanding of learning theory. This professional development byte will explore the learning cycle as relates to students and discuss working memory. Teaching strategies that align with the learning cycle and working memory is also discussed.

At the end of the professional development byte, you will be able to:

  • Incorporate knowledge of the learning cycle to deliver course material effectively
  • Use knowledge of working memory capacity to deliver course material effectively
  • Develop strategies to help students avoid the "illusion of knowing"

Watch this professional development byte:


  1. Brown, P.C., Roediger, H.L. and McDaniel, M.A. (2014). Make it stick: The science of successful learning. Boston: Belknap Press
  2. Carey, B. (2014). How we learn. New York: Random House
  3. Cepeda, N.J., Vul, E., Rohrer, D., Wixted, J.T. and Pashler, H. (2008). Spacing effects in learning: A temporal ridgeline of optimal reduction. Psychological Science, 19(11), 1093-1102
  4. Roediger, H.L. and Karpicke, J.D. (2006). The power of testing memory: Basic research and implications for educational practice. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 1(3), 181-210.

Dr. Knight has disclosed she has no relevant financial relationships.