Associate Professor, Educational Psychology
Office#: 107F Harrington Office Building
Mail Stop: 4225
Office Phone: (979) 458-4211
Primary Emphasis Area: Bilingual Education
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Research Interests
Academic and technical language for bilingual education teachers and English Language Learners
Bilingual education teacher preparation models
Classroom discourse
Oral langugage development
Publications (journal articles, books, book chapters)*

1. Chen, X., & Acosta, S. (in press). Is Machine Language Translation a Viable Tool for Health Communication? In M. Ji (Ed.), Cross-cultural health translation: Developing translation methodologies and digital resources. London, England: Routledge. (In Press)

2. Acosta, S., *Chen, X., Goltz, H., Goodson, P., & Padr[243][243]n, Y. (2018). A case study of novice bilingual education teachers conducting action research and diffusing teaching innovations. Urban Education. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/0042085918805148 (Impact Factor, 2017: 2.1)

3. *Chen, X., Goodson, P., Acosta, S., Berry, A., & McKyer, L.E. (2018). Assessing health literacy among populations with limited English proficiency: A case of Chinese American immigrants. Health Literacy Research and Practice, 2(2):e94-e106. (open access:

4. *Chen, X., Acosta, S., & Berry, A. (2017). Machine or Human? Evaluating a language translation mobile app for diabetes education material. Journal of Medical Internet Diabetes, 2(1), e13. (open access; Journal of Medical Internet Research [JMIR] publications). doi:10.2196/diabetes.7446 *

5. *Chen, X., Acosta, S., & Berry, A. (2016). Evaluating the accuracy of Google Translate website for diabetes education material. Journal of Medical Internet Diabetes, 1(1). (open access; Journal of Medical Internet Research [JMIR] publications). url:

6. Gonzalez, J. E., Acosta, S., Pollard-Durodola, S., Soares, D., Davis, H., Saenz, L., Resendez, N., Zhu, L. (2016). Latino maternal literacy beliefs and practices mediating socioeconomic status and maternal education effects in predicting child receptive vocabulary. Early Education and Development. Online first: Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/10409289.2016.1185885 (5-Year Impact Factor, 2014: 1.477).

7. Acosta, S. (2016) [Review of the Academic Achievement Battery Screening Form]. In J. F. Carlson, K. F. Geisinger, & J. L. Jonson (Eds.), The twentieth mental measurements yearbook. Retrieved from

8. Hsu, H-Y., Lin, J-H., Kwok, O., Acosta, S., & Willson, V. (2016). The impact of intra-class correlation (ICC) on the effectiveness of level-specific fit indices in multilevel structural equation modeling (MSEM): A Monte Carlo study. Educational and Psychological Measurement. Online first: Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/10810730.2015.1066467 (Impact Factor, 2014: 1.154)

9. Goltz, H. H., & Acosta, S. (2015). A rare family: Exploring genetic literacy in an online support group. Journal of Family Strengths, 15(2). (Special issue on Literacy).

10. Acosta, S., Goltz, H.H., Goodson, P. (2015). Autoethnography in action research for health education practitioners. Action Research 13(4), 411-431. DOI: 10.1177/1476750315573589

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* Publication was joint-authored with students
Diss Publication was from a dissertation
ROS Publication was from a record of study

College of Education and Human Development Grants and Contracts (Current)

Catapult #5. (PI)
2018/11/01 - 2020/05/01
Total Funding: .
Editorial Positions

Editorial Board Member (2011 - ). Research in the Schools

Editorial Board Member (2009 - ). Mid-South Educational Research Association


(2011). Dissertation Award, NABE. 

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