Dr. Lucy Barnard-Brak grew up in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. She completed her bachelor's degree at the University of North Texas and her graduate work (masters and PhD in educational psychology) at Texas Tech.
Dr. Barnard-Brak says, "I came to Baylor University™[because] Baylor has always had a great reputation." Her substantive research pivots on examining the experiences and outcomes among individuals with disabilities. She also enjoys tackling new methodological problems in research methods.
Outside of work, she really enjoys eating sushi. Her husband characterizes her as "a female, but admittedly friendlier, version of Dwight Shrute," from the television series, The Office. While Barnard-Brak concedes, "This might very well be true™ I think spending too much time with statistics might have something to do with this though."
Dr. Tonya Davis is a native Wacoan who graduated from Baylor twice - once with a BSEd in special education (2002) and again with a MSEd in educational psychology (2004). She completed her doctoral work in special education at The University of Texas at Austin, specializing in autism and developmental disabilities.
"Coming back to Baylor was an easy decision," Davis says. "I was here for seven years as a student and loved every minute of it." Her research "concentrates on improving interventions to reduce challenging behavior and improve communication skills," especially for individuals who have significant support needs.
Dr. Davis enjoys a variety of hobbies, including Krav Maga, a form of self-defense, and she is taking cake-decorating classes.