Rachel Arocho

Faculty Member

Dr. Rachel Arocho


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.


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 Family Relations GI, Spring 2023


Current Topics in Family Studies, Spring 2023

PSY 490R

Independent Studies, Spring 2023

FAMS 3020

Research Methods for Family Science WE, Spring 2023

FAMS 3020

Research Methods for Family Science WE, Spring 2023


Stronger Families Practicum, Spring 2023


Loosli, Faith (Presenter & Author), Hall, Sarah (Author Only), Arocho, Rachel (Author Only), Utah Public Health Association Annual Conference, "Adoption, Assisted Conception, & Non-Paternity Events_ A Public Health Perspective on Genetic Loss", Utah Public Health Association, Salt Lake City, UT. (April, 2023)
Nelson, Julie (Author Only), Postler, Kaicee (Leader), Arocho, Rachel (Author Only), Wettstein, Sage (Discussant), Wolfgramm, Derek (Presenter & Author), Perry, Annicka (Presenter & Author), Howells, Anneli (Presenter & Author), Utah Council on Family Relations (UTCFR), "Three Research Posters on the Stronger Families Project", UTCFR, Orem, Utah. (March 31, 2023)
Nelson, Julie (Presenter Only), Arocho, Rachel (Presenter Only), Postler, Kaicee (Presenter Only), Day, Traci (Presenter Only), Ohio State Council on Family Relations, "The Stronger Families Project", Ohio State Council on Family Relations, an affiliate of the National Council on Family Relations, Virtual. (January 25, 2023)
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)

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


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.