integrated Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (iCASD)
985450 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5450
Dr. Nicole Rodriguez is the Director of the Early Intervention Program in the integrated Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (iCASD) at the Munroe-Meyer Institute as well as an Associate Professor in, and Director of, the PhD program in Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She has received training at arguably some of the top institutions in which behavior analysis is taught and applied. This includes post-baccalaureate training in applied behavior analysis at the University of Florida, clinical and research training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s Kennedy Krieger Institute, graduate training under the supervision of Dr. Rachel Thompson at the University of Kansas and Western New England University, and post-doctoral training under the mentorship of Dr. Wayne Fisher, where she currently resides at the Munroe-Meyer Institute. She has authored several book chapters and published peer-reviewed research studies in top journals in her discipline, including the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (JABA), the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior and The Analysis of Verbal Behavior. She is currently serving as Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. Dr. Rodriguez continues to advance the academic and research mission of UNMC on both a national and international scale. She has been invited to present at numerous national and international conferences as well as teach courses and provide clinical and research consultation internationally. Her strong commitment to service in her discipline is exemplified, at least in part, by her roles as an Associate Editor (2020-2023) and longstanding editorial board member of her discipline’s flagship journal, JABA, which is known for its high publication standards and experimental rigor.
As an integral part of her academic journey, teaching has always held a special place in Dr. Rodriguez’s contributions. Dr. Rodriguez is deeply committed to teaching and supporting others’ learning and professional growth. She received the Munroe-Meyer Institute’s Education Stand-Out Award in 2017 and Researcher Stand-Out in 2019. She has been the fortunate recipient of UNMC’s Outstanding Teacher Award, UNMC’s Outstanding Faculty Mentor of Junior Faculty (2022) as well as ABAI’s Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group’s Clinical Supervisor Award in Verbal Behavior (2021). Dr. Rodriguez continues to make meaningful contributions through her research, teaching and clinical work.
- 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
- Experimental and Quantitative Analysis of Behavior (co-instructor)
- Development Across the Lifespan
- Assessment and Treatment of Severe Behavior Disorders
- Advanced Methods in Single Case Research
- Clinical and Research Practica in Early Intervention for Undergraduate-, Masters-, and Doctoral- level Students
Research Interests and Projects
Dr. Rodriguez’s research interests are largely guided by her clinical work in early intervention and autism spectrum disorders. Much of her research is applied in that it has a direct clinical impact on the children and families who serve as participants. She is also interested in translational research that allows for a better understanding of the processes that underlie the efficacy of procedures. Topics of current research projects include:
- Behavior-analytic research methodology
- Efficacy and efficiency of teaching procedures
- Emergent responding and generalization
- Faulty stimulus control
- Multiply-controlled verbal behavior
- Response Variability
- Safety skills
Selected Publications (within the last 5 years)
- Fallon, M. J., Luczynski, K. C., Rodriguez, N. M., Felty, C., & Rahaman, J. A. (accepted) Teaching children with autism spectrum disorder self-protection skills in response to bullying situations. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.
- Aragon, M. A.*, Rodriguez, N. M., Luczynski, K. C., & McKeown, C., (accepted). Facilitating the emergence of intraverbal-tact in autistic children via joint control. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.
- Rodriguez, N. M., Aragon, M. A.*, McKeown, C.*, & Glodowski, K. R.* (accepted). Facilitating the emergence of intraverbal-tacts in children with autism spectrum disorder: A preliminary analysis. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.
- Levesque-Wolfe, M. A., Rodriguez, N. M. CA, & Niemeier-Beck, J. J. (2021). Consideration of both discriminated and generalized responding when teaching children with autism abduction-prevention skills. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 14, 396-409.
- Owen, T. M., Luczynski, K. C., Rodriguez, N. M., & Fisher, W. W. (2021). Efficacy of and children’s and caregiver’s preferences for treatments for escape maintained behavior. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 54, 946-965.
- Glodowski, K. R., & Rodriguez, N. M. (2019). The effects of scenic picture prompts on variability during the acquisition of intraverbal categorization for children with autism. The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 35, 134-148.
- Hood, S. A.*, Rodriguez, N. M., Luczynski, K. C., & Fisher, W. W. (2019). Evaluating the effects of physical reactions on aggression via concurrent-operant analysis. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 52, 642-651.
- DeSouza, A. A., Fisher, W. W., & Rodriguez, N. M. (2019). Facilitating the emergence of convergent intraverbals in children with autism. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 52, 28-49.
- Peterson, S. P.*, Rodriguez, N. M.CA, & Pawich, T. (2019). Effects of modeling rote versus varied responses on response variability and skill acquisition during discrete-trial instruction. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 52, 370-385.
- Luczynski, K. C., & Rodriguez, N. M. (2015). In D. Reed & F. DiGennaro Reed (Eds). Transitions. Bridging the Gap between Science and Practice in Autism Service Delivery.
- Fisher, W. W., Rodriguez, N. M., Luczynski, K. C., & Kelley, M. E. (2013). Protective equipment. In D. Reed, F. DiGennaro Reed, & J. Luiselli (Eds). Handbook of Crisis Intervention for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities. New York: Springer.
- Rodriguez, N. M., Fisher, W. W., & Kelley, M. E. (2012). Treatment Methods Commonly Used in Conjunction with Functional Assessment. In J. L. Matson (Ed.). Functional Assessment for Challenging Behavior. New York: Springer.
- American Psychological Association
- Association for Behavior Analysis International
- Heartland Association for Behavior Analysis
- Nebraska Association for Behavior Analysis