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Associate Professor in Behavioral Psychology, National University of Ireland Maynooth

Bryan Roche obtained his Ph.D in Psychology from University College Cork, Ireland in 1995. After holding several academic posts in the UK and Ireland he took a tenured position at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth where he currently works as a lecturer in the Department of Psychology. Dr. Roche is a behavior-analytic psychologist in the Skinnerian tradition, but is closely aligned with the modern evolutions within behavioral science and the contextual behavioral science movement. His research interests are in the experimental analysis of complex human behavior, and in particular in the analysis of language and cognitive processes vis-a-visRelational Frame Theory (RFT). He employs the concepts of Relational Frame Theory in social psychological research into implicit testing, the analysis of human avoidance learning and anxiety, human sexuality and the development of teaching protocols to enhance general cognitive functioning. He is co-editor of the first major text on Relational Frame Theory (Hayes, Barnes-Holmes & Roche, 2001) as well as the follow-up text Advances in Relational Frame Theory (Dymond & Roche, 2013). He is author of over 70 research papers and book chapters published with major academic publishers (e.g., M.I.T Press, Russell House, Springer, Academic press). Dr. Roche is also co-founder and director of, a NUI Maynooth campus company offering online intellectual skills training.


  • –present
    Lecturer in Behavioral Psychology, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
  • 1998–2000
    Lecturer in Psychology, University College Cork, Ireland
  • 1995–1998
    Lecturer in Psychology, University of Bath, UK


  • 1995 
    University College Cork, Ireland, Ph.D


  • 2013
    Advances in Relational Frame Theory, Dymond, S. and Roche, B. (EDs). New Harbinger, CA.


Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society