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Rocío Rosales


Rocío Rosales, Psychology, Working Group for Autism Research & Education

Assistant Professor
HSSB #355


Applied Behavior Analysis

Research Interest

Dr. 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.


Before joining the Department of Psychology at UMass Lowell, Dr. Rosales taught at Youngstown State University (2009-2013). She 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.