Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders
985450 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5450
Dr. Nicole Rodriguez is the Coordinator of the Early Intervention program in the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at the Munroe-Meyer Institute as well as an Associate Professor in, and Director of, the Ph.D. 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 our field, including the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, and The Analysis of Verbal Behavior. She has also served on the editorial board as guest associate editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and as a co-investigator on an NIH-funded grant. In 2017, she received the Munroe-Meyer Institute’s Education Stand-Out Award for her instructional excellence and outstanding achievements in teaching.
Ph.D., Western New England College, Springfield, MA, 2010
M.A., University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 2007
B.S., 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. However, she is also interested in translational research that allows for a better understanding of the processes that underlie the efficacy of procedures. Her research interests are versatile. 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
- Restricted and Repetitive Behavior
- Developing models of cost-effective training, particularly for caregivers whose primary language is Spanish
Selected Publications (within the last 5 years)
- Fisher, W. W., Rodriguez, N. M., & Owen, T. (2013). Functional assessment and treatment of perseverative speech about restricted topics in an adolescent with Asperger Syndrome. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 46, 307-311.
- Rodriguez, N. M., Thompson, R., H., Stocco, C. S., & Schlichenmeyer, K. (2013). Arranging and ordering in autism: Characteristics, severity, and environmental correlates. Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, 38, 242-255.
- Rodriguez, N. M., Thompson, R. H., & Haremza, J. L. (2014). Rearranging naturally occurring contingencies to increase desirable behavior in a toddler classroom. Behavioral Interventions, 29, 177-185.
- Luczynski, K. C., Hanley, G. P., & Rodriguez, N. M. (2014). An evaluation of the generalization and maintenance of functional communication and self-control skills with preschoolers. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 47, 246-263.
- Rodriguez, N. M., & Thompson, R. H. (2015). Behavioral variability and autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 48, 167-187.
- Miller, S. A., Rodriguez, N. M., & Kaminski, A. J. (2015). Using a mirror to facilitate acquisition of gross motor imitation. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 48, 194-198.
- Zangrillo, A. N., Warzak, W. J., Volkert, V. V., Valleley, R. J., Shriver, M. D., Rodriguez, N. M.,…Allen, K. D. (2016). The Munroe-Meyer approach: Continuous integration of didactic instruction, research, and clinical practice. The Behavior Analyst.
- Rodriguez, N. M., Levesque, M. A., Cohrs, V. L., & Niemeier, J. J. (2017). Teaching children with autism to request help with difficult tasks. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 50, 717-732.
- Peterson, S. P., Rodriguez, N. M., & 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.
- 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.
- Hood, S. A., Rodriguez, N. M., Luczynski, K. C., & Fisher, W. W. (early view, 2019). Evaluating the effects of physical reactions on aggression via concurrent-operant analyses. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- American Psychological Association
- Association for Behavior Analysis International
- Heartland Association for Behavior Analysis
- Nebraska Association for Behavior Analysis