Rachel Arocho

Faculty Member

Dr. Rachel Arocho


Dr. Rachel Arocho is an Assistant Professor of Family Science at Utah Valley University and Faculty Consultant for the Stronger Families Project. Prior to joining UVU, she was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Carolina Population Center of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Arocho earned her Doctorate in Human Development and Family Science, with specializations in Demography and Quantitative Research Methods, from The Ohio State University. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Human Development and Family Science from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Family, Consumer, and Human Development from Utah State University, which she earned from the Uintah Basin Regional Campus. Dr. Arocho is a Certified Family Life Educator through the National Council on Family Relations.

At UVU, Dr. Arocho teaches introductory family science and research methods, and she is a Fellow of Advance HE. Her original research spans multiple areas of family science but tends to converge into three main themes: (1) expectations and experiences of marriage, cohabitation, and divorce; (2) the development of individuals conceived by and families formed using medically assisted reproduction; and (3) teaching and learning in family science classrooms, including family life education training.

Dr. Arocho enjoys spending time with her husband and dog and visiting family, reading, and dancing or running.


Ph D, The Ohio State University, 2018

Major: Human Development and Family Science

MS, The Ohio State University, 2015

Major: Human Development and Family Science

BS, Utah State University, 2013

Major: Family, Consumer, and Human Development



Contemporary Families GI, Summer 2022

FAMS 3020

Research Methods for Family Science WE, Summer 2022


Current Topics in Family Studies, Spring 2022

FAMS 3020

Research Methods for Family Science WE, Spring 2022

FAMS 3020

Research Methods for Family Science WE, Spring 2022


Stronger Families Practicum, Spring 2022

Scholarly/Creative Works

Arocho, Rachel , (2020) "“I have no idea_” Uncertainty in high school seniors’ marital expectations." . Population Research and Policy Review. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11113-020-09614-7
Arocho, Rachel , Kamp Dush, Claire M., (2020) "“Best-laid plans_” Barriers to met and unmet marital timing desires over the life course. " (Issue: 7, vol. 56). Marriage and Family Review. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01494929.2020.1737620
Arocho, Rachel , (2019) "Changes in Expectations to Marry and to Divorce Across the Transition to Adulthood" . Emerging Adulthood. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2167696819879008
Kamp Dush, Claire M, Arocho, Rachel , Mernitz, Sara E, Rhoades, Galena K, (2019) "Cohabitation and single mothering in the United States_ A review and call for psychological research." . Washington, DC: APA Handbook of Contemporary Family Psychology. American Psychological Association..
Arocho, Rachel , (2019) "Do Expectations of Divorce Predict Union Formation in the Transition to Adulthood?" (Issue: 4, vol. 81). Journal of Marriage and Family. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/jomf.12571
Arocho, Rachel , Lozano, Elizabeth B, Halpern, Carolyn T, (2019) "Estimates of donated sperm use in the United States_ National Survey of Family Growth 1995-2017" (Issue: 4, vol. 112). Fertility and sterility. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0015028219304923


HEA Fellow

Advance HE - August, 2020

I am an HEA Fellow, recognizing my commitment to professional educational practices and development.

NCFR Student Award

National Council on Family Relations - November, 2017

This award is given to one student per year who has "demonstrated excellence as a student and shows high potential for contribution to the discipline of Family Science" (ncfr.org/awards/ncfr-sponsored-awards/ncfr-student-award-snp).