Humberto Peña Jr., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Research, Educational Psychology

Humberto Peña Jr.


Humberto Peña Jr. is an Assistant Professor of Research in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He earned his Master’s in Special Education (emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis) at UTSA and a Doctorate in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Special Education at Texas A&M University. Dr. Pena’s work centers on closing the employment gap for young adults with autism, intellectual disabilities, and other developmental disabilities. Specifically, he examines ways of teaching social skills often seen in competitive integrated employment with the end goal to promote inclusion and employment. Dr. Pena’s work also looks at Applied Behavior Analytic interventions aimed at decreasing maladaptive behaviors and improving social-communication skills in children with autism.