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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


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 frequently delivers workshops and trainings to local school districts on progress monitoring, data-based instruction, and reading instruction. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), and the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Dr. Allen is currently on the Publications & Communications, Policy, and Professional Development & Standards committees of the Division of Learning Disabilities of CEC (DLD-CEC). In the past she served as the national student representative to DLD-CEC and worked as a technical assistance coach for the National Center on Intensive Intervention. 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
technology in preservice teacher education