Denise Ross

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Denise Ross
Associate Professor
(269) 387-4925
3718 Wood Hall, Mail Stop 5439
Mailing address: 
Department of Psychology
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5439 USA
  • Ph.D., Special Education, Columbia University, 1998
  • M.A., Special Education, Columbia University, 1995
  • B.A., English, Spelman College, 1993
Research interests: 
  • Behavior analysis in PK-12 schools
  • Verbal behavior and reading comprehension
  • Curriculum design in elementary and high schools

Dr. Denise Ross is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Western Michigan University.

She has 20 years of experience applying behavior analysis in preschool, elementary school, secondary school and university programs. Her research explores the application of behavior analysis to language and literacy deficits for children and youth in school settings.

Ross conducts research with students at-risk for academic failure in K-12 schools. Specifically, she applies verbal behavior findings to improve language and literacy outcomes for children and youth with reading and communication delays. Ross is developing verbal behavior interventions to improve the reading outcomes of secondary students with severe reading delays.

Her research on verbal behavior has been published in refereed journals such as:

  • Research in Developmental Disabilities
  • Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities
  • The Analysis of Verbal Behavior.

She is also the co-author of Verbal Behavior Analysis: Inducing and Expanding Verbal Capabilities in Children with Language Delays (Greer & Ross, 2008), a text that describes evidence-based verbal behavior interventions for children with autism.