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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


Abigail Allen, Ph.D. CCC-SLP, earned her doctoral degree from the University of Missouri. Dr. Allen studies early writing assessment and intervention, curriculum-based measurement, data-based instruction, and teacher preparation. Some of her recent projects include teaching morphological awareness to struggling writers in second and third grade; using technology-based peer tutoring for high frequency word reading with young readers with disabilities; 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 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 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. She currently serves on the Policy Committee, Publications & Communications Committee, and Professional Standards Committee of the Division for Learning Disabilities of CEC (DLD-CEC). Dr. Allen was 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.

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 9370: Research in High Incidence Disabilities

Research Interests

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