Mari Watanabe-Rose is the director of undergraduate education initiatives and research at the City University of New York’s (CUNY) Central Office of Academic Affairs. Her roles at CUNY Central primarily concern remediation reforms and gateway course completion in service of the overarching goal of improving student success. Watanabe-Rose currently serves as project director of CUNY’s Strong Start to Finish grant project, which aims to develop, offer, and scale corequisite remediation in math and English at 10 associate-degree-granting colleges.
Watanabe-Rose joined CUNY Central in 2009 after teaching various undergraduate psychology courses as an adjunct instructor at Queens College, CUNY, and working as a behavior consultant for people with developmental disabilities. She received her BA in educational psychology from Meisei University in Tokyo; her MA in psychology from Queens College, CUNY; and her PhD in learning processes and behavior analysis from the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her research interests include the use of behavioral principles in education and communication.