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 now a Ph.D. Fellow at the University of Oslo (Norway) as of November 2018!  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 am particularly interested in which English words are particularly difficult for second language learners, and how to make English literacy tests fair and accurate for this population using my favorite: Item Response Theory.  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!


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 Springfield, Missouri, but I enjoy both landscapes nonetheless.  Sometimes it feels like living in a postcard here in Norway.  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.



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 I love re-reading this one.  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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