Texas Tech University

Robin H. Lock, Ph.D.

Vice Dean
Professor of Special Education program

Email: robin.lock@ttu.edu

Phone: 806-834-3976

Robin H. Lock, Ph.D. is the College of Education Vice Dean and a professor in the Texas Tech University College of Education Special Education program. Dr. Lock has garnered over five million dollars in external funding including private donations, foundation grants, state grants, and federal flow-through dollars for research to work directly with individuals with disabilities as well as young people in the foster care system.

Most recently, she directed two grants through Wagner-Peyser Department of Labor funding.  The first grant, "The Lubbock Transitional Workforce Project", explored research-based methods for improving employment outcomes for individuals with pervasive development disabilities through personal and employer support and training.  The second grant, Lubbock At-Risk: Understanding the Need for Change (LAUNCH), project provided occupational and career assessments, job and social skill training, and on-the-job training (OIT) for youth in the foster care system, former foster youth and youth with diagnosed disabilities ages 14-24 in Lubbock County. Additionally, technical assistance (TA) to the youth participants, foster care stakeholders and employers was provided.  

Robin Lock


  • Ph.D.,1985 The University of Texas at Austin- Learning Disabilities
  • M.Ed.,1981 The University of Texas at Austin- Special Education
  • B. S.,1976 The University of Texas at Austin- Elementary Education and Mental Retardation

Areas of Expertise

  • Transition to adulthood for individuals with disabilities including autism spectrum disorders, intellectual, and learning disabilities,
  • Family issues in dealing with disabilities including autism spectrum disorders
  • Educator preparation for children with disabilities including the area of learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, emotional and behavior disorders, and autism spectrum disorders. 

Selected Publications

Gaines, K., Curry, Z., Shroyer, J., Amor, C., and Lock, R.H. (2014).  The perceived effects of classroom design and features on students with autism spectrum disorders.  Journal of Architectural Planning and Research, 31(4).

Lock, R.H., Hendricks, C.B., & Finstein, R. (2013).  Evaluating the success of a parent-professional autism network: Implications for family counselors.  The Family Journal, 21(3), p. 288-296.

Lock, R.H., Brown, D., Brendle, J., and Chestnut Lam, Pik Wah (2013).  Combining positive behavior supports and social skill programming for transition success.  Vocational Evaluation and Career Assessment Journal, 9(1), p. 13-29.

Dogoe, B.S., Banda, D.R., Lock, R.H., & Finstein, R. (2011). Teaching generalized reading of product warning labels to young adults with autism using the constant time delay procedure. Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 46, p. 204-213.

Bradley, L., Hendricks, C.B., & Lock, R.H., Whiting, P., Parr, G. (2011).  Email issues for mental health counselors.  Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 33(1), p. 67-79.  

Lock, R.H., Hendricks, C.B., Bradley, L.J., & Layton, C.A. (2010).  Using family leisure activities to support families living with autism spectrum disorders.  The Journal of Humanistic Counseling, Education, and Development, 49(2), p. 163-180.

Dogoe, B.S., Banda, D.R., & Lock, R.H. (2010).  Acquisition and generalization of the picture exchange communication system behaviors across settings, persons, and stimulus classes with three students with autism.  Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities, 45, p. 216‑229.

Lock, R.H., & Finstein, R. (2009).  Examining the need for autism sibling support groups in rural areas.  Rural Special Education Quarterly, 28(4), p. 21-30. 

Lock, R.H., & Layton, C.A. (2008).  The impact of tutoring attendance on the GPAs of postsecondary students with learning disabilities. Learning Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 15(2), p. 55-60.


Dr. Lock maintains an active service agenda including:

  • State of Texas Special Education Continuing Advisory Council, appointed by the Governor of Texas
  • Special Education Information Center (SpedTex) State Advisory Board
  • Learning Outcomes Project Education (EDUC/TECA) faculty workgroup for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
  • Editorial review boards for Intervention in School and Clinic, Learning Disabilities Quarterly, and the National Academic Advising Association