Rachel Arocho

Faculty Member

Dr. Rachel Arocho

Biography

Rachel Arocho, PhD, CFLE, FHEA is an Assistant Professor of Family Science at Utah Valley University. Prior to joining UVU in 2019, 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 completed her undergraduate education in Family, Consumer, and Human Development at the Uintah Basin Regional Campus of Utah State University. Dr. Arocho is a Certified Family Life Educator through the National Council on Family Relations and a Fellow of Advance HE.
At UVU, Dr. Arocho teaches courses on contemporary families, research methods, family demography, fertility, and the Stronger Families Project internship. Her original research spans multiple areas of family science but tends to converge into three main themes_ expectations and experiences of marriage, cohabitation, and divorce; the development of individuals conceived by and families formed using medically assisted reproduction; and teaching and learning in family science, including family life education training. Most recently, Dr. Arocho has enjoyed introducing students to research through hands-on experiences in studying donor conception, infertility treatments, marriage enrichment, breastfeeding, and game-based learning.

Education

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

Teaching

FAMS 240G

Contemporary Family Relations GI, Fall 2022

FAMS 3500

Family Demography, Fall 2022

FAMS 3020

Research Methods for Family Science WE, Fall 2022

FAMS 3020

Research Methods for Family Science WE, Fall 2022

FAMS 482R

Stronger Families Practicum, Fall 2022

FAMS 101G

Contemporary Families GI, Summer 2022

FAMS 3020

Research Methods for Family Science WE, Summer 2022

FAMS 475R

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

FAMS 482R

Stronger Families Practicum, Spring 2022

Presentations

Arocho, Rachel (Presenter & Author), Peterson, Joseph (Presenter & Author), T3, " Getting Started with Qualtrics (with Canvas Grade Passback)", Office of Teaching and Learning, Utah Valley University, Virtual. (November, 2022)
Rood, Paige (Author Only), Yan, Julia (Author Only), Maxwell, Maleena (Author Only), Brown, Joshua T. (Author Only), Arocho, Rachel (Author Only), 26th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavoural Development, "Racial disparities in breastfeeding behaviors and the role of prenatal care timing", International Society for the Study of Behavoural Development, Rhoades, Greece. (June, 2022)
Arocho, Rachel , HDFS Seminar, "Prepared to Share_ Teaching and Researching Sensitive Topics", Utah State University, Utah. (April, 2022)
Maxwell, Maleena (Presenter & Author), Brown, Joshua T (Presenter & Author), Arocho, Rachel (Author Only), Rood, Paige (Author Only), Yan, Julia (Author Only), SCULPT Showcase, "Racial Disparities in Breastfeeding Behavior and the Role of Prenatal Care Timing ", SCULPT, Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah. (April, 2022)
Rochdi, Aicha (Panelist), Gurell, Seth (Panelist), Brown, Benton (Panelist), Arocho, Rachel (Panelist), Teaching for Learning (T4L), "Earn International Teaching Recognition through HEA Fellowship", Teaching for Learning (T4L), Virtual. (March, 2022)
Reck, Katie (Discussant), Arocho, Rachel (Discussant), National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, "Lessons Learned from Teaching Family Science Courses During COVID-19.", National Council on Family Relations, Virtual. (November, 2021)

Scholarly/Creative Works

Arocho, Rachel , Johnson, Benjamin A., "Formal mentoring programs_ Characteristics, benefits, and outcomes" . Making Connections_ A Handbook for Effective Formal Mentoring Programs in Academia. Utah State University_ Empowering Teaching Excellence. .
Arocho, Rachel , Lozano, Elizabeth B., Hansen, Rebecca L. , Rehani, Rhea , Thompson, Abigail F., Fleming, Taylor G. , Cooksey, Elizabeth , (2022) "Family Forms Survey_ Identifying donor-conceived offspring, donors, and recipients in a national panel. " . Survey Methods_ Insights from the Field. 10.13094/SMIF-2022-00003
Nelson, Julie , Arocho, Rachel , Postler, Kaicee , (2022) "The Utah Valley University Stronger Families Project Internship" (vol. 32.2). St. Paul, MN: National Council on Family Relations.
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

Awards

1st Place in Best Design - Blended, Flexible Teaching Award

University Flexible Learning Council - March, 2022

HEA Fellow

Advance HE - August, 2020

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