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College of Education

Abby Allen

Associate Professor of Special Education

Office: 215 Holtzendorff Hall
Phone: 864-656-7645
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


Abigail Allen, Ph.D. CCC-SLP, earned her doctoral degree from the University of Missouri. She studies early writing assessment and intervention, curriculum-based measurement, data-based instruction, and teacher preparation.

Dr. Allen recently received a 4-year $500,000 Early Career Development and Mentoring grant from the Institute of Education Sciences Research Training Program in Special Education (R324B200016). She is developing a sentence writing intervention for struggling learners in first and second grade.

Dr. Allen teaches undergraduate courses in reading methods for students with disabilities; characteristics of intellectual disabilities and autism; and early intervention. She teaches graduate courses in characteristics of learning disabilities and high incidence disabilities research. She frequently delivers workshops and trainings to local school districts on progress monitoring, data-based instruction, and reading instruction.

Dr. Allen is the co-editor of the newsletter for the Division of Learning Disabilities of the Council for Exceptional Children (DLD-CEC), New Times for LD. She also serves on the Policy Committee, Publications & Communications Committee, and Professional Standards Committee for DLD.

Dr. Allen was awarded the 2020 Award of Excellence in Teaching by the Clemson College of Education. She was also the 2018 recipient of the John Wills Lloyd Outstanding Doctoral Research Award from DLD-CEC, the 2017 Distinguished Dissertation Award, Social Sciences Discipline at the University of Missouri, and was Graduate Student Instructor of the Year at the University of Missouri in 2015.

Dr. Allen was a speech-language pathologist at the elementary school level in St. Louis, Missouri and maintains her certification with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She is also a member of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and was a technical assistance coach for the National Center on Intensive Intervention.

Courses Taught

EDSP 3730: Characteristics of Intellectual Disabilities and Autism
EDSP 3750: Early Intervention for Young Children with Special Needs
EDSP 4940: Teaching Reading to Students with Mild Disabilities
EDSP 8100: Characteristics of Learning Disabilities
EDSP 9350: Preparing Highly Qualified Special Educators
EDSP 9370: Research in High Incidence Disabilities

Research Interests

early writing assessment and intervention
language and literacy
curriculum-based measurement
data-based instruction
young learners with or at risk for learning disabilities


Read more about Dr. Allen's early career grant here.

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