Dr. Rosa Patterson has been in the field of autism and applied behavior analysis for over 20 years. Her training began under the direct education and training of Dr. O. Ivar Lovaas at U.C.L.A. where she received her bachelor of arts degree in psychology. She went on to receive her master of science in counseling with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy from California State University Fullerton. Dr. Patterson has also received a graduate certificate in behavior intervention for autism from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. She is a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA).
Dr. Patterson began her teaching experience at UCLA as a head teaching assistant for Dr. Lovaas’ introduction to applied behavior analysis course. While under the direction of Dr. Lovaas she also served as a teaching assistant for 2 of the 3 courses he offered in autism and behavior intervention. Dr. Patterson was responsible for creating course materials, grading student work, being a guest lecturer, and also leading discussion groups. Dr. Patterson is currently an adjunct faculty member at National University in Costa Mesa California. She teaches courses in applied behavior analysis for both their school counseling/psychology programs and applied behavior analysis program. Dr. Patterson also teaches for the Orange County Department of Education where she is responsible for providing autism education to school district personnel for the required autism authorization mandated by the state of California.
Dr. Rosa Patterson continues to further her training in the field of autism in order to meet the diverse needs of each of the children she serves. She has attended workshops and trainings on subjects such as: Bullying and Autism, Picture Exchange and Communication System, SCERTS (Social Communication, Emotional Regulation, & Transactional Supports), Social Cognition (Michelle Garcia-Winner), Social Skills, TEACCH, and the Reading and Writing Program for visual learners. She has also been trained in the delivery of the ADOS assessment (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule).
Dr. Patterson has been a speaker at conferences for the Lovaas Institute for Early Intervention, Cal-TASH, and the City of Irvine in California. She has spoken on the topics of autism, applied behavior analysis, and inclusion of children on the autism spectrum into general education settings.
In addition, Dr. Patterson is a council member on the Orange County Childcare and Development Planning Council and enjoys volunteering for Pretend City Museum’s autism committee in Irvine California. She is also a member of the Interagency Autism Group in Orange County.
Dr. Patterson has developed autism and ABA programs, provided services, and conducted trainings to families and professionals in California, Texas, and Mexico. She provides ongoing supervision to those pursuing their board certification as a BCaBA or BCBA. Dr. Patterson is fluent in both English and Spanish.