Dr. Roffman is Professor Emeritus in the Graduate School of Education, retiring after many years working in special education.
Arlyn Roffman, Professor Emeritus
Professional Title: Professor Emeritus
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Transition needs of youth with disabilities; impact of disabilities on the lives of adults with disabilities; social skills training; mental health and disabilities
Area of Work and Concentration at Lesley: Special education; support for candidates for teaching licensure
Representative List of Recent Courses Taught: Collaboration with Professionals, Families, and Community; Practicum and Seminar in Moderate Disabilities
Education: BA, Connecticut College; MEd, Lesley College; PhD, Boston College
Representative List of Recent Publications / Exhibitions:
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.
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