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Rocío Rosales

Rocío Rosales, Ph.D. Assistant Professor


Applied Behavior Analysis

Research Interest

Rocío Rosales’s research interests focus on three central themes. The first involves contemporary extensions of B.F. Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior as it relates to language skills in applied settings. Primarily, this body of work evaluates teaching procedures that help establish or expand upon the verbal repertoires of children with disabilities and of typically developing children learning a second language. Her second area of research includes systematic evaluation of training strategies for direct care staff and other caregivers working with various special needs populations. Specifically, she focuses on designing effective means by which to deliver the training required to improve the implementation and treatment integrity of behavioral assessments and interventions. Her third research focus is on the evaluation and application of empirically driven teaching methods that enhance the university classroom experience by promoting student engagement and learning.

Educational Background

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Rehabilitation, Applied Behavior Analysis

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Master of Science, Behavior Analysis and Therapy

University of Nevada-Reno
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology


Before joining the Department of Psychology at UMass Lowell, she taught at Youngstown State University (2009-2013). Rosales is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) and serves on the editorial board for The Analysis of Verbal Behavior. She is currently the Student Research Grant Coordinator for the Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group (VB-SIG) and is an ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and The Psychological Record.