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Cognitive Scientist & Former K-12 Teacher

Pooja K. Agarwal, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor, Cognitive Scientist, & Former K-12 teacher. She has conducted research on learning for more than 15 years and is the founder of RetrievalPractice.org.

Assistant Professor, Cognitive Scientist, & Former K-12 Teacher


 Assistant Professor

Pooja K. Agarwal, Ph.D. is an expert in the field of cognitive science, passionate about bridging gaps between education and the science of learning. She has conducted research on learning in K-12 public schools for more than 15 years and she is co-authoring a forthcoming book with a K-12 teacher, entitled Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning.

Pooja's research has been published in leading peer-reviewed psychology journals; featured in the New York Times, Education Week, and Scientific American; and highlighted in numerous books, podcasts, and videos.

In addition to founding RetrievalPractice.org, Pooja is an Assistant Professor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, teaching psychological science to exceptional undergraduate musicians. She also serves as a consultant and facilitates professional development workshops on the science of learning around the world. Pooja received her Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, under the mentorship of distinguished memory scholar Henry L. Roediger, III.


Features in press, books, and podcasts include:

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