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., & 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 *

2. *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:

3. 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).

4. 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

5. 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)

6. 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).

7. 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

8. Chen, X., Goodson, P., Acosta, S. (2015). Blending Health Literacy With an English as a Second Language Curriculum: A Systematic Literature Review. Journal of Health Communication, 20 (sup 2), 101-111. DOI: 10.1080/10810730.2015.1066467 *

9. *Hsu, H-Y., Kwok, O., Acosta, S., & Lin, J-H. (2015). Detecting misspecified multilevel SEMs using common fit indices: A Monte Carlo study. Multivariate Behavioral Research, 50, 197-215. [ISI 2014 impact factor: 2.477] *

10. Acosta, S., & Hsu, H.-Y. (2014). Negotiating diversity: An empirical investigation into family, school, and student factors influencing New Zealand adolescents’ science literacy. Educational Studies, 40(1), 98–115. doi:10.1080/03055698.2013.830243 (Impact Factor, 2013: 0.351)

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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
No current grants/contracts
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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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