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Faculty/Staff Profiles

Abby Allen

Assistant Professor of Special Education

Office: 215 Holtzendorff Hall
Phone: 864-656-5992
Vita: Click Here

Educational Background

Ph.D. Special Education
University of Missouri-Columbia 2016

M.A. Speech-Language Pathology
Saint Louis University 2006

M.Ed. Education Policy & Management
Harvard Graduate School of Education 2012

B.S. Speech & Hearing Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2004


Dr. Allen studies early writing assessment and intervention, curriculum-based measurement, data-based instruction, and teacher preparation. Some of her studies include teaching morphological awareness to struggling writers in second and third grade; the use of curriculum-based measurement and trait-based rubrics in early writing; the use of vocabulary-matching curriculum-based measurement and content acquisition podcasts in university teacher preparation programs. Dr. Allen is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD), and the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Dr. Allen is currently on the Publications committee of CEC. In the past she served as the national student representative to the Division of Learning Disabilities of CEC and worked as a technical assistance coach for the National Center on Intensive Intervention.

Courses Taught

EDSP 3750: Early Intervention for Young Children with Special Needs
EDSP 4940: Teaching Reading to Students with Mild Disabilities
EDSP 9370: Research in High Incidence Disabilities

Research Interests

early writing assessment and intervention
language and literacy
curriculum-based measurement
technology in preservice teacher education