Arlyn Roffman

Professor Emerita

Arlyn Roffman

Dr. Roffman taught at Lesley beginning in 1976, working most her time here with graduate students in special education. The exception was a 15-year period beginning in 1981, when she founded the Threshold Program and served as director of this comprehensive transition program for young adults with significant learning problems, the first of its kind in the nation based on a college campus. Returning to a faculty role in 1996 allowed her to write two more books and numerous other publications related to transition and to present and consult extensively on this topic throughout the US and abroad. In 2011 the Learning Disabilities Association of America presented Dr. Roffman with the LDA Award, its highest honor. She has served on a number of national boards related to individuals with disabilities and very much enjoys teaching and mentoring new teachers. Dr. Roffman is also a licensed psychologist and maintains a small practice serving adults with disabilities.


BA, Connecticut College
M.Ed., Lesley College
PhD, Boston College

Selected Publications


  • Roffman, A. (2007). Guiding Teens with Learning Disabilities: Navigating the Transition from High School to Adulthood. NY: Princeton Review/Random House.
  • Roffman, A. (2000). Meeting the Challenge of Learning Disabilities in Adulthood. Baltimore: Paul Brookes
  • Roffman, A. (1982). The Classroom Teacher’s Guide to Mainstreaming. NY: Charles C. Thomas.

Other publications

  • Roffman, A., Osten, F. & Noveck, C. (2011) “Threshold Then and Now: The Evolution of Lesley’s Transition Program for Young Adults with Disabilities” in Brown, C. & Forinash, M., Lesley University’s Centennial Publication.
  • Ask the Expert” – invited guest expert on ‘When Traditional College is
  • Not the Answer: Other Avenues for Young Adults” on the CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder) website, May 2011.
  • Podcast for National Center for Learning Disabilities, Helping Your Child Discover Career Paths, December, 2010.

Selected Presentations

  • “Meeting the Social and Educational Needs of Adolescents with LD/ADHD: Strategies for Success” Vasant Valley Conference, New Delhi, India, November, 2011
  • “The Social-Emotional Impact of Learning Disabilities Across the Lifespan,” keynote at The GCC Conference on Learning Disabilities, Dubai, October, 2011. Dr. Roffman’s breakout sessions at that conference included: “Social Skills Training for Students with LD”, “Life Issues as Youth with LD Move into Adulthood”, and “Teaching Self-Advocacy and other Practical Skills”
  • “Life with an LD Spouse”; “What You Can Do At Home to Help Your Teen Prepare for Adulthood”; & “Social Skills: A Key for Transition”, Learning Disabilities Association of America, Baltimore, 2010.
  • “Preventing Litigation Through Effective Transition Planning”, 2-day training, ACCEPT Collaborative, Natick, MA, October-November, 2009.
  • "Transitioning to the Post Secondary World: Life after High School”, Keynote presentation, Learning Disabilities Association of Maine, April 2009.
  • “What You Can Do at Home to Prepare Your Teen for Post-Secondary Learning, Work and Independent Living,” Visions of Community Conference, Federation for Children with Learning Disabilities, Boston, March 2009.
  • “Life with an LD Spouse,” Learning Disabilities Association of America, Salt Lake City, February, 2009.