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Research Team Member Rick Gutierrez

Rick Gutierrez, Ph.D., BCBA



Rick Gutierrez is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has a doctorate in industrial/organizational psychology as well as a Master’s in psychology with an emphasis in applied behavior analysis. He has over 20 years of applied experience working in the clinical, community, and school settings. He has provided numerous workshops on Applied Behavior Analysis across Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America. Further, he has provided international consultation to clinics serving individuals diagnosed with a developmental disability around the globe. He has given numerous talks on staff retention based on his research in this area.  Currently, Dr. Gutierrez is the Vice President of Clinical Strategy & Operations for Easterseals Southern California (ESSC). He is responsible for the oversight of the intake, scheduling, social skills, consultation for adult services, and network provider services provided by Easterseals Southern California. Dr. Gutierrez has extensive experience in staff training, employee retention, employee engagement, as well as the treatment of individuals diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities.

Research Interests

My main area of research has been in the area staff retention and turnover. I have published research in The Analysis of Verbal Behavior on joint control. My other research interests are in the social skills, verbal behavior, problem behavior, and organizational behavior management.


Gutierrez, R.  (2006). The Role of Rehearsal in Joint Control.  The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 22, 183-190.

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