Nicole M. Rodriguez, PhD, BCBA

Nicole Rodriguez, PhDNicole M. Rodriguez, Ph.D., BCBA
Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders
Munroe-Meyer Institute
985450 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5450

Phone: (402) 559-7038

Professional Summary:

Nicole Rodriguez is an Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the Coordinator of the Early Intervention program at the Munroe Meyer Institute. She received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Florida in 2002 and additional Post-Baccalaureate training in Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of Florida in 2003. In 2004-2006, Dr. Rodriguez worked as a Clinical Specialist at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s Kennedy Krieger Institute where she gained valuable clinical and research skills in behavior analysis and the assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior prior to obtaining her Masters of Arts degree in Applied Behavioral Science from the University of Kansas in 2007. She graduated from the doctoral program in Behavior Analysis at Western New England College under the supervision of Dr. Rachel Thompson in June of 2010 and completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the Munroe-Meyer Institute under the mentorship of Dr. Wayne Fisher in the following year. Currently, she specializes in early intervention and the assessment and treatment of severe behavior disorders. She has authored two book chapters and published peer-reviewed research studies in three different journals, including the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, and The Analysis of Verbal Behavior.


PhD, Western New England College, Springfield, MA, 2010
MA, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 2007
BS, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2002
Board Certified Behavior Analyst, 2009

Courses Taught:

  • Matching Law classes within a doctoral course on quantitative analysis
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Early Childhood Education Practicum and Undergraduate
  • Research Practicum

Research Interests and Projects:

  • Behavior-analytic research methodology
  • Early intervention
  • Functional analysis and treatment of severe problem behavior
  • Generalization
  • Parent training
  • Procedural Integrity
  • Response Variability
  • Restricted and Repetitive Behavior

Publications: (within the last 5 years)

  • Karsina, A., Thompson, R. H., Rodriguez, N. M., & Vanselow, N. R. (2012). Effects of differential reinforcement and rules with feedback on preference for choice and verbal reports. The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 28, 31-57.
  • Rodriguez, N. M., Thompson, R. H., Schlichenmeyer, K., & Stocco, C. (2012). Functional analysis and treatment of arranging and ordering by individuals with an autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 45, 1-22.
  • Fisher, W. W., Rodriguez, N. M., Luczynski, K. C., & Kelley, M. E. (chapter, submitted). Protective equipment. In Handbook of Crisis Intervention for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities, Reed, DiGennaro Reed, & Luiselli (Eds).
  • Rodriguez, N.M.,Fisher, W.W., & Kelley, M.E. (chapter, submitted). Treatment Methods Commonly Used in Conjunction with Functional Assessment. In Assessment of Challenging Behavior, Matson (Eds).
  • Stocco, C., Thompson, R. H., & Rodriguez, N. M.(2011). Restricted interests and teacher presentation of items. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 44, 499-512.
  • Karsina, A., Thompson, R. H., & Rodriguez, N. M.(2011). Effects of a history of differential reinforcement on preference for choice. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 95, 189-202.
  • Rodriguez, N. M., Thompson, R. H., & Baynham, T. B. (2010). Assessment of the relative effects of attention and escape on noncompliance. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 43, 143-147.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Association for Behavior Analysis
  • Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy
  • Heartland Association for Behavior Analysis
  • Maryland Association for Behavior Analysis
  • New England Psychological Association
  • Society for Teaching of Psychology