I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at Seton Hall University. I enjoy teaching students at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels and use a variety of approaches to classroom and online instruction. My teaching approaches include: collaborative group work, applied projects, real life examples from clinical practice, and critical analysis of educational policies and procedures for Speech-Language Pathologists in school settings. I currently teach School Age Language and Literacy Disorders to graduate students, and Phonetics in an online format for undergraduate and non-matriculated students.
I am the Director of the Reading, Oral Language and Writing Lab (ROW-Lab) at Seton Hall University, where I study the development of and relationships among reading, oral language and writing abilities in children with and without language difficulties. The focus and mission of the lab is to identify interventions for children at risk for academic failure, and we currently have several exciting projects toward that goal.
I have worked as a speech language pathologist in a variety of roles since 2001, including five years as a school-based speech-language pathologist for the New York City Department of Education. Currently, I provide educational consulting services to districts, schools, and families regarding the language and literacy needs of students receiving special education services.
- Ph.D., Arizona State University
- M.S., Teachers College, Columbia University
- B.S., New York University
- Koutsoftas, A.D., Maffucci, D., & Dayalu, V. (2018). Evaluation of a program to increase classroom-based speech and language intervention in an elementary school. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, 3(16), 95-109.
- Koutsoftas, A.D. (2018). Writing process products of fourth and sixth grade children: A descriptive study. The Elementary School Journal, 118(4), 632-653.
- Koutsoftas, A.D. & Petersen, V. (2017). Written cohesion in children with and without language learning disabilities. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 52(5) 612-625.
- Koutsoftas, A.D., Dubasik, V.L., & DiDonato, A.M. (2017). Preschool teachers' teachers' endorsement of instructional practices: An interprofessional exploration. Educational Research, 59(1), 36-53.
- Koutsoftas, A.D. (2016). Writing process products in intermediate grade children with and without language-based learning disabilities. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 59(6) 1471-1483.
- Project Write to Learn: Preparation of Occupational Therapists and Speech Language Pathologists to Improve Written Expression in Children with Specific Learning Disabilities. Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education, H235K170064, $1,230,342.00, Co-Investigator, 2017 to 2022
- Seton Hall University Assessment Center, 2016-2017 Curriculum Development Institute Grant, Writing Knowledge, Attitudes, and Skills of Graduate Students in Health Sciences, $3,000, Co-Principal Investigator
- Seton Hall University Assessment Center, 2015 Curriculum Development Institute Grant, Content Retention in Online verse Face-to-Face Course Offerings, $2,325, Principal Investigator
- Language Learning: A Journal of Research in Language Studies, 2013 Small Grants Research Program, Relationships among Language and Reading Abilities in Children with Hearing Impairments, $10,000, Co-Principal Investigator
- American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation, 2011 Research Grant for New Investigators, Writing Process Performance in Children with and without Language Learning Disabilities, $5000, Principal Investigator
Honors and Awards
- Institute of Education Sciences, 2018 Summer Research Training Institute on Cluster-Randomized Trials, Evanston, IL, Attendee
- American Speech Language Hearing Association, Clinical Practice Research Institute 2018, Co-Principal Investigator, Awarded
- Institute of Education Sciences, 2018 Summer Research Training Institute in Single-Case Research Design and Analysis, Madison, WI, Attendee
- Seton Hall University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Archbishop John J. Myers Outstanding Educator Award in Health Sciences, May 11, 2017, Recipient
- Seton Hall University, Office of Grants and Research Services, Researcher of the Year Award, February 12, 2013, Recipient
- Seton Hall University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Archbishop John J. Myers Outstanding Educator Award in Health Sciences, May 19, 2012, Recipient
- American Speech Language Hearing Association, 10th Annual Lessons for Success Research Workshop, April 2012, Attendee