Rachel Robertson, PhD

LEND Center of Pittsburgh
Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
University of Pittsburgh
Children's Hospital Office Building (CHOB), Second Floor
3414 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-648-3137
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: June 06, 2019


Discipline Coordinators: Special Education
Discipline(s): Education/Special Education
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership


Rachel Robertson, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of special education in the Department of Instruction and Learning. She received her Ph.D. in Special Education from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. Her interests include identifying and reducing obstacles to the implementation of positive behavior supports for children with difficult behavior, particularly students with disabilities. She has 6 years of experience working as a PI or coordinator on research projects focused on behavior interventions for students with or at risk for special needs. Recent research projects include a statewide survey of teacher obstacles to implementation of behavior intervention plans for students with disabilities and an intervention study testing the effectiveness and acceptability of behavior interventions for children with autism in African American families. She currently teaches graduate courses in applied behavior analysis, autism, and research design. Prior to entering academia, Rachel was a school- and home-based behavior consultant and worked with a variety of students, including students in preschool through high school with autism, learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, and emotional disorders, as well as non-disabled students with difficult behavior.