Bristol Community College

Bristol Community College

Fredrick J. Rocco, Ph.D.
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Dean of Behavioral and Social Sciences

     Extension: x

M.A., Ph.D., Boston University
B.S., Tufts University

Teaching is a collaborative effort between the students and the teacher. Rote memorization of facts does not promote deeper learning nor allow for exploration of theories and questions without right or wrong answers. I believe I am most successful when students can think and write critically on issues that affect our world.

Licensed Psychologist - Massachusetts

American Psychological Association
Bristol Elder Services Board of Directors


Journal Articles

  • (2004 July). Similarities of Visual Deficits in AlzheimerÌs Disease and Down Syndrome. Vision in AlzheimerÌs Disease, 136-150.
  • (1997). Alzheimer-like visual profile in Down Syndrome. AlzheimerÌs Disease and Related Research, 11(2), 200-210.
  • (1992). Micro-computer based programmed instruction in identity matching to sample for persons with severe disabilities. Journal of Behavioral Education,
  • (1991). Prenatal protein malnutrition impairs visual discrimination learning in adult rats. Psychobiology, 19(3), 247-250.
  • Presentations:


  • "The Role of Community Colleges in Workforce Development" Jobs to Careers Annual Conference. Orlando, FL (2008)
  • "Enhanced Advisement Model for Community Colleges" with Dana Mayhew. New England Transfer Association. Newport, RI (2003)
  • "Diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents with anxiety disorders" Diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents with anxiety disorders. Salem, MA (November, 1998)
  • "Psychological aspects of pediatric pain" National Association of Physical Therapy Annual Conference. Boston, MA (February, 1998)
  • Awards:
    Alfred Butters Award in Neuroscience, Massachusetts Neuroscience Society
    Women in Neuroscience Travel Award

    Visual behavior, pain disorders