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Laura Rodríguez López, MEd

Laura Rodríguez López, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor of Instruction

Phone: 813.974.3126
Fax: 813.974.6115
Office: 2117

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Dr. Laura Rodríguez López is an Assistant Professor of Instruction in the Department of Child & Family Studies within the College of Behavioral & Community Sciences at the University of South Florida. She also serves as the Training Director for the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities (FCIC), the university's Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, and as the Program Director for the Graduate Certificate in Positive Behavior Support. In her role at FCIC, Dr. Rodríguez leads the Interdisciplinary Training Program and oversees the FCIC Family & Community Liaison project as PI.

With a B.A. in Psychology & Political Sciences from the University of Puerto Rico, an M.A. in Educational Leadership & Administration from Argosy University, and an Ed.D. in Program Development & Educational Innovation from the University of South Florida, Dr. Rodríguez has over fifteen years of experience in the education field. Her expertise lies in teaching, student advising, training, and enrollment management. Dr. Rodríguez's research interests include the advancement of knowledge and practice in education through behavioral equity, educational inclusion, program evaluation, improvement science, and applied inquiry. Her teaching and research primarily focus on disability studies, with a particular interest in promoting equity and inclusion for individuals with developmental disabilities.

In addition to her academic work, Dr. Rodríguez is actively involved in service and professional affiliations, including serving as the Secretary for the National Training Director’s Council and Spanish Caucus Steering Committee Member for the Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD), and as a member of various other professional organizations.

Recent Publications

Rodríguez López, L.M. (2024). The impact of bias on the scholar-practitioner’s doctoral journey: Strategies to legitimize it. Impacting Education: Journal on Transforming Professional Practice. 9(2), 34-41.