Rocio Rosales.

Rocío Rosales

Associate Professor, Program Coordinator Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Studies

College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Coburn Hall, Room 416


Applied Behavior Analysis

Research Interests

As an applied behavior analyst, my research interests are focused on the application of basic principles of behavior to academic and therapeutic settings. My research niche has been on issues related to staff training and treatment integrity, acquisition of verbal behavior in learners with and without developmental disabilities, and applications of behavior analysis to instructional design in higher education. The overarching goal of my research agenda is to demonstrate the efficacy of evidence-based instructional strategies as they are applied to these various problems and settings.


  • Ph D: Rehabilitation (Specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis), Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, Illinois
  • MS: Behavior Analysis and Therapy, (2005), Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, Illinois
  • BA: Psychology, (2001), University of Nevada - Nevada, Reno
    Supporting Area: Human Development and Family Studies; French

Selected Awards and Honors

  • 2023: Outstanding Mentor Award, Association for Behavior Analysis International 
  • 2023: Award for Excellence in Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, University of Massachusetts Lowell 
  • 2023: Teaching Excellence Award, Department of Psychology, University of Massachusetts Lowell 
  • 2019: Graduate Student Mentoring Award, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Selected Publications

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (2021-2026) UMass Lowell and Lasell Interdisciplinary Personnel Preparation Rosales, R. (PI), Rinaldi, C. (Co-PI), Werunga, R., & Toof, R. (Senior Personnel) 
  • Signature Grant (2020), Grant - The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism Johnson-Green, E. (PI), Rosales, R. (Co-PI) 
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell Seed Grant (2019-2021) Empowering Families from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds to Advocate for and Support their Children with Disabilities Werunga, R., (PI), Kim, MJ, McKenna, J., & Rosales, R. (Co-PIs)