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Lab Director, Dr. Anthony D. Koutsoftas

profPhoto1_SHU20111-300x214Dr. Anthony D. Koutsoftas is the director of the Reading, Oral Language, and Writing Lab (ROW-Lab) and an Associate Professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at Seton Hall University. He earned his Bachelors degree from New York University, his Masters from Teachers College, Columbia University, and his PhD in Speech and Hearing Sciences at Arizona State University. He worked for five years as a school-based SLP for the NYC Department of Education.  His research interests include reading, writing, and oral language development in typical and atypical populations, as well as the relationships between these skills. He is a big fan of chocolate chip cookies and always tries to match his attire and his PowerPoint presentation. He has published in peer reviewed journals including: Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, Educational Research, Perspectives in School-Based Issues, and The Elementary School Journal . He has presented at conferences including the American Speech Language Hearing Association, the Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders, and the Society for Scientific Studies in Reading.
Curriculum Vitae available here.
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Michelle Lowry, Graduate Research Associate

Michelle Lowry is a doctoral student in the Department of Interprofessional Health Sciences and Health Administration with a focus in Speech Language Pathology at Seton Hall University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore, Maryland, and her master’s degree from Seton Hall University. She has been working for the past seven years as a Speech Language Pathologist in a variety of settings including private practices, inpatient hospitals, and in homecare. Michelle is currently working for TobiiDynavox, a company for eye gaze technology and assistive technology for communication purposes. Her research interests include executive function, writing, and oral language development in bilingual populations.

Brittney Wolf, Graduate Research Associate

Brittney Wolf is a doctoral student in the Department of Interprofessional Health Sciences and Health Administration with a focus in Speech Language Pathology at Seton Hall University. She earned her bachelors degree in Speech Language Pathology from SUNY Geneseo and her masters degree from the University of Texas at Austin.  Over the last 7 years, Brittney has worked as a speech language pathologist with individuals of all ages through private practice, early intervention and preschool programs, and the New York City Department of Education.  Her research interests include language learning abilities and needs of school age students with language disorders including oral and written language assessment, intervention, and service delivery models.  In her free time, Brittney enjoys taking aerial arts and dance classes, listening to nerdy podcasts and spending time in nature.

Stefanie Joffe, Project Coordinator

Stefanie Joffe is the Project WILLD Coordinator, a development and innovation study of a writing intervention for children with language-based learning disabilities. She earned her Bachelors Degree from Syracuse University, her Masters in Education from Rutgers University, and her Masters in Speech and Language Pathology from Seton Hall University. She worked for three years as a school-based speech-language pathologist for the Union City Board of Education in New Jersey. After having her first child, she worked for three years providing Early Intervention Services for children birth to 3 years of age. Most recently, she worked for a private practice. She has two sons, ages 4.5 and 2, and is expecting another boy this year.