About Me

Hi, and welcome to my page!
My name is Rebecca Knoph, which is pronounced:

  • /rəbekə näf/ (English pronunciation)
  • /rebekə kənäf/ (Norsk uttalelse).
  • My maiden name is Allinder (pronounced /aləndər/).

You can download the paper version of my Curriculum Vitae: Last upated: June 3, 2019


Rebecca goes to Norway

I am a second year Ph.D. Fellow at the University of Oslo (Norway). I work with the TextDIM (Text Comprehension: Development, Instruction, and Multiple Texts) research team, which investigates:

  • how early readers comprehend text
  • how we develop this comprehension into early adulthood
  • how to teach struggling readers
  • how readers comprehend multiple texts and text styles
  • all of the above, but for dual language learners, too.

We are connected by the “red thread” of literacy in the most general sense of the word.  It makes for exceptionally interesting conversation as a group.

I have two main interests: language learning and statistics.  I know–those two interests do not sound very related, but my thesis focuses on which English words are particularly difficult for second language learners, and how to make English literacy tests fair and accurate.

I am also working to improve the Introduction to Statistics course as a blended-learning course for Norwegian students in their Master’s programs– all with the help of my supervisor, Joshua Lawrence.


Just me!

Prior to accepting this position, I graduated with my Master of Science in Experimental Psychology with a graduate certificate in Statistics and Research Design.  I specialized in linguistic research, testing, and education; specifically in second/foreign language learning and testing.  While IRT is my favorite type of statistical analysis, my second favorite analysis is the simple t-test because of the Lady Tasting Tea myth (or maybe true story, we will never really know), though my students do not find that story nearly as fun as I do.  It’s also fundamental in my book.



My husband, Martin, is from Brønnøysund, Norway.  We met shortly before I studied abroad in Bodø at Universitetet i Nordland (now Nord Universitetet).  After many months of visa paperwork, doctor’s visits, and embassy appointments, we married in October 2015.  Fun fact: we share an anniversary with the Obamas!



We welcomed our baby boy into the world just weeks before the Covid-19 pandemic hit.  I am definitely still adjusting to this whole “working mom” thing, but so far he has humbled me and tested just how much I can multitask on minimal sleep.  I can’t wait to see what adventures he has in store for us–especially since he will be a Norwegian/English bilingual! I will have to limit just how often I test him in the lab.


Zip Lining in Branson, MO

I love working with statistics and discovering new applications for language learning and testing.  When I am not teaching, studying, or researching (which is rare these days), I enjoy being outdoors.  The Norwegian landscape is a little different from the lakes and marsh of Missouri, but I enjoy both landscapes nonetheless.  I also enjoy painting–especially with acrylic paint.  My favorite store in Norway is Søstrene Grene, which is a bit like Hobby Lobby or Michael’s, but more expensive and smaller.



Oh, and my favorite book is Flowers for Algernon.  If you have not read it, prepare to cry.  I do not usually enjoy re-reading books, but this is an exception.  It will push you to consider the limitations of science and the impact that innovation can have at the individual level.

And that is the gist of me!  Click around my page to discover more about my research interests, experience, presentations, or download my CV.

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