Alan B. Cobo-Lewis

Alan Cobo-Lewis

Director, CCIDS

Associate Professor of Psychology

University of Maine
Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies
5717 Corbett Hall, Room 230
Orono, ME 04469-5717
207.581.1231 (Fax)
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Postdoctorate, Mailman Center for Child Development, Dept. of Pediatrics, University of Miami
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
M.S., Psychology, University of Wisconsin
B.A., Psychology, University of Miami


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Selected Honors & Awards

  • Helen M. Bailey Advocacy Award, Disability Rights Center of Maine (2010)
  • Maine Down Syndrome Network Buddy Award (2010)
  • University of Maine Presidential Public Service Award (2008)

Selected University Service

  • Member, Search Committee for Dean of College of Education and Human Development  (2008–2009)
  • Member, Search Committee for Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education (2008)
  • University of Maine Faculty Senate
    • Member (2005–2008)
    • Program Creation and Reorganization Review Committee (2007–2008)
    • Ad hoc committee to respond to University of Maine System New Challenges New Directions Task Force (2009)
  • Member, Institutional Review Board (2005–2008)

Selected Professional Memberships and Public Service

  • Member, Children’s Waiver Stakeholder Group (Subcommittee of MaineCare Advisory Committee), Maine Department of Health and Human Services (2010–present)
  • Member, Maine Children’s Growth Council (2008–present)
    • Co-chair of Working Group To Study the Connections Between Higher Education and Early Childhood Education (2009–2010)
    • Member, Legislative subcommittee (2011–2013)
    • Member, Early Care and Education Accountability Team (2009–2013)
    • Sponsor, Hanley Health Leadership Development team for data sharing (2012)
  • Member, Maine Developmental Disabilities Council (2007–present)
    • Treasurer (2008–2012)
    • Chair of Public Policy Committee (2012–2014)
  • Member, Public Policy Committee, National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (2012–present)
  • Member, Section 32 Children’s Waiver Stakeholder Group, Maine Department of Health and Human Services (2013–present)
  • Member, Steering Committee, Maine Educational Policy Research Institute (2013–present)
  • Testimony to Maine Legislature Committees:
    • Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs  (2004–2013, 2015)
    • Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs (2005, 2007, 2010–2013, 2015)
    • Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services (2007, 2009, 2013, 2015)
    • Joint Standing Committee on Insurance and Financial Services (2009–2010, 2013)
    • Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government (2010)
    • Government Oversight Committee (2012)
  • Public comment to MaineCare Redesign Task Force (2012)
  • Public comment to Streamline Task Force (2012)
  • Public comment to Maine Department of Education on proposed special education rules (2004, 2006, 2009, 2011)
  • Public comment to Maine Department of Education on proposed restraint and seclusion rules (2011)
  • Public comment to Maine Department of Health and Human Services on proposed rules (2008, 2009, 2010, 2012)

Recent Publications and Presentations (for a full listing, please refer to his vita)


Cobo-Lewis, A. (2019, June 29). Partisan politics and the forgotten population [Op-ed]. Bangor Daily News. Retrieved from

Kaye, L. W., Zeph, L. A., & Cobo-Lewis, A. B. (2015). The aging and developmental disabilities networks: Can the silos be dismantled? Maine Policy Review24(2), 115 – 118.

Cobo-Lewis, A. B., Lahti, M., Dean, A., Michaud, K., Song, Q., Bhuvanagiri, S., & Mason, C. A. (under revision). Validation of an online child care quality rating and improvement system using Environment Rating Scales.

Yazejian, N., Bryant, D., Freel, K., Burchinal, M., & the Educare Learning Network Investigative Team. (2015). High-quality early education: Age of entry or time in care differences in student outcomes for English-only and dual language learners. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 32, 23–39. doi: 10.1016/j.ecresq.2015.02.002

Book Chapters

Oller, D. K., Jarmulowicz, L., Pearson, B. Z., & Cobo-Lewis, A. B. (2011). Rapid spoken language shift in early second-language learning: The role of peers and effects on the first language. In A. Y. Durgunouglu & C. Goldenberg (Eds.), Language and literacy development in bilingual settings (pp. 94–120). New York: Guilford.

Pearson, B. Z., Navarro, A., Oller, D. K., & Cobo-Lewis, A. (2010). Early phonological development in the speech of bilingual-learning infants and toddlers: The interplay of universal and language-specific processes. In M. Cruz-Ferreira (Ed.), Multilingual norms (pp. 73–94). Frankfurt, Germany: Peter Lang.

Governmental Reports

Vishneau, M., Cobo-Lewis, A., Howard, S., Labas, L., Armstrong, P., Downs, J., Meagher, T., Sawyer, E., & Ward, H. (2015, August). Quality for ME Revision Project – Final Report. Report submitted to Maine Department of Health and Human Services. Orono, ME: Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies; Portland, ME: University of Southern Maine Muskie School of Public Service.

Lahti, M., Cobo-Lewis, A., Dean, A., Rawlings, S., Sawyer, E., & Zollitsch, B. (2011, December). Maine’s Quality for ME – Child care quality rating and improvement system (QRIS): Final evaluation report. Report submitted to Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

Selected Published Abstracts and Unpublished Conference Presentations

Cobo-Lewis, A., Walker, D., Yazejian, N., Jeon, S., Hong,S., Stoiber, K., Horm, D., Guerrero, G., & Bryant, D. (2019, November). Children with Disabilities Tend to Stay in a Highly-Resourced Early Head Start/Head Start Program Longer than Children Without Disabilities (PDF). Peer-reviewed poster session presented at the 2019 Association of University Centers on Developmental Disabilities (AUCD), Washington, DC.

Cobo-Lewis, A. B., Meadow, C., Markowsky, G., Pearson, B. Z., Collier, S. A., & Eilers, R. E. (2016, December). Computerized adaptive assessment of infant-toddler language development: Demonstration and validation of an app for screening. Peer-reviewed poster presentation at the 2016 Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Conference, Washington, DC.

File, N., Bryant, D., Cobo-Lewis, A., Forestieri, N., & Encinger, A. (in submission). How does continuity of care in infant/toddler programs affect age 3 outcomes? Paper submitted for presentation at European Early Childhood Education Research Association, Barcelona.

Cobo-Lewis, A. B., Chazan-Cohen, R., Bryant, D. M., Yazejian, N., Horm, D., Sweet-Darter, M., Walker, D., File, N., Hirschstein, M. K., Jackson, T., Raden, A., Spieker, S. J., Stein, A., & the Educare Learning Network Investigative Team. (2015, March). Length of time in early care and education in a large diverse sample of children at risk for poor school outcome. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, PA.

Cobo-Lewis, A. B. (2014, April). Dosage: How long do children stay in Educare? Presentation at annual Educare Learning Network meeting, Rockport, ME. [invited]

Presentations to Professional Audiences (not peer reviewed)

Cobo-Lewis, A. (2014, October). Quality for ME: Summary of prior assessment, validation, and recommendations. Presentation to Maine Child Care Advisory Council, Augusta, ME.

Cobo-Lewis, A., & Michaud, K. (2012, October). Maine’s online TQRIS application: Access for providers, administrators, and R&R personnel. Webinar for states invited by US Dept of Education to apply for Race To The Top Early Learning Challenge Phase 2 grants. Early Learning Challenge Collaborative.

Lahti, M., Cobo-Lewis, A. B., Dean, A., & Michaud, K. (2012, April) An Evaluation Report on Maine’s Quality for ME Child Care Quality Rating and Improvement System. Presentation to Maine Children’s Growth Council, Waterville, ME.

Download Alan B. Cobo-Lewis’s complete vita here (opens in MS Word).