Faculty and Staff
Dr. Tonya Davis is the director of the Clinic for Assessment, Research, and Education at the Baylor University Center for Developmental Disabilities. She is an Associate Professor at Baylor University in the Department of Educational Psychology. Dr. Davis received a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in Special Education, with an emphasis on Autism and Developmental Disabilities. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral Level (BCBA-D). She is the coordinator of the ABA graduate program, supervising approximately 40 students preparing to become BCBAs. Dr. Davis has published over 30 journal articles on the treatment of children with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities, specializing in problem behavior and communication intervention.
Ms. Kristen Padilla-Mainor is the Director of the Baylor University Center for Developmental Disabilities; therefore, she oversees all Baylor CARE programs. Kristen received an Education Specialist degree from Baylor University and has previously served as the Coordinator of the Baylor Autism Resource Clinic. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP). She supervised approximately 20 graduate students per year providing intervention and assessment services at the Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities. Ms. Mainor has author national and state presentations on the treatment of children with autism spectrum disorders.
Desiree Ramirez is the Administrative Assistant at the Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities; therefore she contributes to the Baylor CARE program with anything and everything from tending to each families particular needs to answering questions from parents who have recently discovered their childs diagnosis of some form of developmental disability. Ms. Ramirez received her Bachelor's in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin. She hopes to soon receive her Masters in Social Work from Baylor University.
Stephanie Gerow Ph.D., is a Senior Behavior Analyst here at CARE, as well as an Assistant Professor of Special Education in the Department of Educational Psychology. She received her bachelor's degree from Davidson College in Charlotte, North Carolina, and earned her Ph.D. and BCBA from Texas A & M University.
Dr. Gerow conducts research in developing, evaluating, and disseminating interventions for children with developmental disabilities. Her research interests include applied behavior analysis, challenging behavior interventions, and teaching natural change agents (e.g., parents, teachers) to implement interventions. For example, during one of her research projects she partnered with the local Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) provider to teach parents of young children with developmental delays to implement evidence-based interventions to reduce problem behavior.
Dr. Gerow has worked with children in both school and clinical settings. As a BCBA, Dr. Gerow worked with young children with autism. She developed and implemented interventions to teach adaptive and pre-academic skills and to reduce problem behavior. Most of her professional experience is with children with developmental disabilities, such as autism, ages 2 to 10 years old.
Lisa Fuentes, M.Ed., BCBA, is the owner of Focus Behavioral Associates in Waco, Texas. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Baylor University and her Master’s Degree in Special Education Specializing in Autism from University of North Texas. Lisa has provided ABA supervision for Baylor CARE for the last three years. She has worked with children with special needs in school, home and clinical settings.
Abby Hodges is the Lead Analyst and Graduate Assistant for CARE. She is from Edmond, Oklahoma. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Texas Christian University with a minor in Spanish. She then completed her master's degree in special education from the University of Texas at Austin. She has worked as a Behavior Interventionist with children with autism in both the home and school setting. Abby is pursuing her Doctoral degree in Educational Psycholgoy at Baylor with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis, working towards her BCBA certification.