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Tamara Hodges, Ed.D.

Fulltime Lecturer, Educational Psychology

Baylor University
School of Education
Department of Educational Psychology
One Bear Place #97301
Waco, TX 76798
Office: Marrs McLean Science Building 322
Campus Phone: (254) 710-3978
Email: Tamara_Hodges@baylor.edu

Education

Ed.D. in Educational Psychology, Baylor University
Master of Arts, Educational Psychology, Baylor University
Bachelors of Arts, Oral Roberts University

Clinical Experience and Professional Competence

Dr. Tamara Hodges holds Doctorate in Educational Psychology from the Baylor University, and is currently a Senior Lecturer in the School Psychology Department at Baylor University. Dr. Hodges is a Licensed Psychologist and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist.

Prior to her full-time position at Baylor, she worked at the Heart of Texas Mental Health and Retardation for two years and then took the State Exam to fulfill requirements to be a Licensed Psychologist in the State of Texas. After passing the State Licensing Exam, she worked for two years as a school counselor at Baylor’s first Professional Development School, Hillcrest PDS. Counseling and Assessment Insights, a small private practice group in Waco, then offered Dr. Hodges the opportunity to work in private practice and she worked there completing psychological evaluations and counseling students with emotional and behavioral disabilities. She worked closely with teachers to develop strategies for dealing with student who experienced difficulty functioning successfully in the classroom.

Following, she opened a practice in Waco and started her company, Community Counseling and Psychological Services (CCPS, Inc). She and her employees worked in the schools and continued to complete psychological assessments and counseling services. She also held a small practice in the evenings seeing patients and taught part-time at Baylor as an Adjunct Faculty in the areas of counseling and psychopathology. She enjoyed bringing real-world practice to the classroom. At that same time, she was hired by a nonprofit organization in Waco, Center for Learning and Development, to be a seminar presenter and trainer. Dr. Hodges has presented at international, national, state, and regional workshops to over 3,500 participants in various locations across Texas regarding learning disabilities and struggling students. She has trained administrators, educators, parents and juvenile justice personnel on characteristics of learning disabilities, behavioral challenges, learning difficulties, ADHD/ADD, metacognition, executive function, and interventions for students who struggle.

In 2007, Baylor offered Dr. Hodges the opportunity to work full time as a lecturer. Throughout her employment at Baylor, she has continued to maintain a private practice, give seminars, consult with schools, and provide Independent Evaluations to schools. She serves as the Director of the Graduate Association of School Psychologists and co-directs a grant from AT&T, The EnAbled for College-II Grant. With Baylor Graduate students, she consistently presents at the National School Psychology Conferences. These practical perspectives, taken from her work in private practice, shape her teaching and approach to the classroom. She believes that keeping her skills current, as a psychologist and LSSP, helps form her teaching. Dr. Hodges currently lives in Waco, Texas. In her “spare time” she enjoys tennis, running, cooking (and eating), traveling, and staying active.

Professional Licensure and Certification

Licensed Psychologist (Texas)
Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (Texas)

Professional Interests

• Learning theories in practice
• Social-emotional assessment
• Study and memory strategies
• Best-teaching practices
• At-risk learners
• Behavioral interventions
• Response-to-Intervention
• Transition services from high school to college

Dr. Hodges is currently working on a grant that was awarded by AT&T, EnAbled for College-II Transition Program. This transition program’s express mission is to assist high school seniors with disabilities, as well as students who are at-risk, access, persist, and complete postsecondary education (PSE). Six graduate students meet weekly with high school seniors in McLennan County to navigate the transition from high school to PSE.

Published Articles

Barnard-Brak, L., Schmidt, M., Wei, T., Hodges, T., & Robinson, E. L. (2013). Providing postsecondary transition services to youths with disabilities: Results of a pilot program. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 26(2).

Alfano, A. R., Hodges, T. L., & Saxon, T. (2011). Eating disordered behavior in rural high schools: A descriptive study of adolescent risk and teacher perceptions. Journal of Rural Community Psychology, E14(2). Philosophy:

I want my students to be passionate about learning and I want them to think critically. I hope that they will continue to be lifelong learners and they will be accountable, responsible, and dedicated to their profession. My greatest joy comes from daily interactions with my students.

Courses Taught

EDP 5346 Therapeutic Intervention
EDP 5366 Psychology of the Exceptional Child
EDP 5333 Psychology of Learning
EDP 5360 Counseling Children and Adolescents
EDP 5367 Psychopathology of the Exceptional Child
EDP 5278 Practicum in School Psychology EDP 5333 Psychology of Learning
EDP 5393 Minimester abroad, Cultural Issues with Children and Families
EDP 6345 Adult Learner-Advanced
EDP 5394 Social-Emotional Assessment

Department of International Studies

Director of Baylor in Maastricht, The Netherlands
PSY 3321 Abnormal Psychology
PSY 1305 Introduction to Psychology

University Service

National/International Scholarship Committee
Director of Graduate Association of School Psychologists (GASP)
SOE International Studies and Experiences Committee
International Education Week Committee
EnAbled for College-II Transition Program, ATT Grant.

Selected Presentations

Most Recent International Presentations

Hodges, T. (2012, October). Sink or swim: What makes the difference? International Council for Learning Disabilities. Austin, TX.

Most Recent National Presentations

Hodges, T. (2014, February). Enabled for College. National Association of School Psychologists Conference. Washington DC.

Hodges, T. (2013, February). Bullying in Public Schools. National Association of School Psychologists Conference. Seattle, Washington.

Hodges, T. (2011, February). Enabled for College. National Association of School Psychologists Conference. Philadelphia, PA.

Hodges, T. (2010, March). Differentiated instruction. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development National Conference. San Antonio, TX.

Hodges, T. (2009, February). Tier I interventions and strategies across the curriculum. National Association of School Psychologists Conference. Boston, MA.

Most Recent State Presentations

Hodges, T. (2012,January). The brain and how it works: Strategies to help the LD learner. Texas School Counselor Association. Austin, TX.

Hodges, T. (2011, February). Cross-curricular intervention for struggling learners. Texas Middle School Association’s 36th Annual Conference & Exhibit. Austin, TX.

Hodges, T. (2010, June). Cross-curricular intervention for struggling learners. Presentation at the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals 37th Annual Conference & Exhibit. Austin, TX.

Hodges, T. (2009, June). Do-able differentiated instruction. Presentation at the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association Summer Conference. Austin, TX.

Hodges, T. (2009, June). Differentiated Instruction. Presentation at the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals Summer Conference. Austin, TX.

Hodges, T. (2009, April). Tier I interventions & strategies across the curriculum. Presentation at the Association for Compensatory Educators of Texas Conference. Austin, TX.

Most Recent Regional Presentations

Hodges, T. (2014, August). Disengaged, Destructive, and Disruptive Students. Presentation for Keller ISD. Keller, TX.

Hodges, T. (2014, August). Disengaged, Destructive, and Disruptive Students. Presentation for Gatesville ISD. Gatesville, TX.

Hodges, T. (2014, August). Disengaged, Destructive, and Disruptive Students. Presentation for Department of Justice Juvenile Justice Training. Conroe, TX.

Hodges , T. (2014, August). Brain Basics and Learning Differences. Presentation at St. Mary’s School. West, TX.

Hodges, T. (2014, August). Disengaged, Destructive, and Disruptive Students. Presentation for Communities in Schools. Waco, TX.

Hodges , T. (2014, July). Brain Basics and Learning Differences. Presentation at McLennan County Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program. Waco, TX.

Hodges , T. (2014, June). Disengaged, Destructive, and Disruptive Students. Presentation at Center for Learning and Development. Waco, TX.

Hodges , T. (2014, June). Disengaged, Destructive, and Disruptive Students. Presentation at Center for Learning and Development. Waco, TX.

Hodges , T. (2014, February). Sink or Swim. Presentation at McLennan Community College. Waco, TX.

Hodges , T. (2014, January). Brain Basics and Learning Differences. Presentation at Hallsville High School. Longview, TX.

Hodges , T. (2013, October). Brain Basics and Learning Differences. Presentation at Killeen Juvenile Justice Center. Killeen, TX.

Hodges , T. (2013, October). Brain Basics and Learning Differences. Presentation for Waco Juvenile Justice Center. Waco, TX.

Hodges , T. (2013, October). Brain Basics and Learning Differences. Presentation for Venus ISD. Venus, TX.

Hodges , T. (2013, September). Assessing Cognitive Processes? Presentation at Center for Learning and Development. Waco, TX.

Hodges , T. (2013, August). The Difficult, Defiant, and Distracted Student: What do we Do? Presentation at Center for Learning and Development. Waco, TX.

Hodges , T. (2013, August). Differentiated Instruction. Presentation at Waco Charter School. Waco, TX.

Hodges , T. (2013, January). Lost in Learning. Presentation at Center for Learning and Development. Midland, TX.

Hodges, T. (2012, December). Reading disabilities Presentation at the Uvalde ISD. Uvalde, TX.

Hodges, T. (2012, October). The assessment process. Presentation at the Uvalde ISD. Uvalde, TX.

Hodges, T. (2012, April). Working with at-risk learners. Presentation at the Juvenile Justice Conference. Waco, TX.

Hodges, T. (2012, April). Working with at-risk learners. Presentation at the ESC Region 20. San Antonio, TX.

Learned Societies

American Psychological Association, Division 16 (School Psychology) National Association of School Psychology (NASP)

Other

One of my greatest joys is building relationships with my students that transcend beyond our classroom walls. I enjoy co-leading the study abroad opportunity, Multicultural Issues in Costa Rica, with my colleague and encouraging students to be lifelong learners. My students know that I hold high expectations for them as professionals, as university students, and as change agents of our future!