CARE Therapists

The Baylor CARE therapists are advanced graduate students within the Department of Educational Psychology.  All CARE Bears highly trained, skilled therapists who are supervised at all times by CARE faculty and supervisors.


Meet the CARE Therapists!



Karley Bledsoe

Karley Bledsoe

Karley is from Kansas City, Missouri. She received a Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies at Pittsburg State University with minors in Political Science and Psychology. Karley has been an advocate and volunteer for Special Olympics for many years. Special Olympics and her cousin Tim, who has Down Syndrome has influenced her decision to pursue a master's degree in Educational Psychology and she is ambitious to become a BCBA.


Tasia Braford

Tasia Brafford

Tasia has moved all around the world as a child in a military family, but claims Albany, New York as her hometown. She earned a bachelor's degree in Childhood and Special Education with a concentration in Mathematics from The College of Saint Rose in Albany. Tasia is currently working on her master's degree in Educational Psychology while continuing her life-long dream of being a special education teacher.


Sara Brown

Sara Brown

Sara is from Cleveland, Ohio. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Mount Union with an Intervention Specialist minor. Throughout her undergraduate studies she has worked in homes and schools as a one-on-one aide for children with Autism. Sara is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Educational Psychology in hopes of becoming a BCBA.


Madison Cloud

Madison Cloud

Madison Cloud is from Tulsa, Oklahoma. She received her bachelor’s degree in History at Baylor University with minors in English and Spanish. Madison spent her summers during college serving at a Christian summer camp, where she developed her love for working with children. Madison is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Educational Psychology and hopes to become a BCBA.


Stacey Grebe

Stacey Grebe

Stacey is from Tomball, Texas. She received her bachelor's degree in Special Education from Texas A&M University. Stacey is currently pursuing her education specialist degree in School Psychology with hopes of becoming a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology. Stacey is also working toward becoming a BCBA. Currently, Stacey also works for Waco Independent School District as a research assistant.


Abby Hodges

Abby Hodges

Abby 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. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking with her family and being outdoors, as well as spending time with her labradoodle, Millie.


Emily Hogan

Emily Hogan

Emily is from Little Suamico, Wisconsin. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Behavior Analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in December 2014. During her last year at UW-Eau Claire, she participated in an internship called the Campus Autism Program where she used the principles of applied behavior analysis to teach skills to children with autism and other developmental disabilities. This experience inspired Emily to obtain a career where she could help children with autism and other developmental disabilities as well as their families. Emily is pursuing her master’s degree in Educational Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis in hopes of becoming a BCBA and learning more about Autism Spectrum Disorders.


Jasmine Jones

Jasmine Jones

Jasmine is from Tyler, Texas. She received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Special Education from Baylor University. Jasmine is a certified teacher in the state of Texas for general and special education grades pre-kindergarten through sixth grade. Jasmine is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Educational Psychology in hopes to become a BCBA. She is interested in challenging behaviors of children with and without disabilities and hopes to open her own Special Education school one day.


Brittany L

Brittany Lagier

Brittany Lagier is from Honolulu, Hawaii. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and special education (mild to moderate disabilities) from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Brittany is a certified teacher in the state of Hawaii for general and special education grades pre-kindergarten through sixth grade. She taught in a resource classroom for grades 2-5 until she moved to Texas. Brittany is currently pursuing a master's degree in Educational Psychology in hopes to become a BCBA.


Lisette Linares

Lisette Linares

Lisette is from Corpus Christi, Texas. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish at Baylor University. She is pursuing a master’s degree in Educational Psychology, Applied Behavior Analysis with hopes of becoming a BCBA. Lisette is currently working with children diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities at Focus Behavioral Associates.


Kandace Little

Kandace Little

Kandace is from Salado, TX. She earned a Bachelor of Arts at Baylor University, where she graduated as an Honors Scholar with Distinction in Psychology with a minor in English. Her undergraduate thesis, entitled Interdisciplinary Influences on Systemic Enlightened Sexism: Changing the Gender Narrative, was defended before a faculty panel and rated in the top 25% of all undergraduate Honors theses. She is currently pursuing her masters degree in Educational Psychology with a specialization in applied behavior analysis and will serve as a graduate assistant at Focus Behavioral Associates. Her time at Talitha Koum Institute, a therapeutic nursery of Waco, TX, sparked her interest in the interaction of poverty, social factors, and human development. She hopes to utilize her BCBA credential to deliver behavior interventions in order to to serve underprivileged populations in developing countries, particularly Latin America.


Miriam Longoria

Miriam Longoria

Miriam is from Rockport, Texas. She received her bachelor’s in Speech Pathology at Baylor University. In her last year at Baylor, Miriam volunteered at CARE and worked in Woodway First Baptist’s Helping Hands Ministry, which lead her to pursue a career that helps children with learning and developmental delays. Miriam is pursuing her master’s in Educational Psychology in hopes of becoming a BCBA.


Laura Phipps

Laura Phipps

Laura Phipps is a graduate student at Baylor University pursuing her Ed.S degree in School Psychology. Laura earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. Prior to pursuing her Ed.S degree, Laura worked as a teacher’s assistant at a private school for teenagers with Autism.


Lauren Uptegrove

Lauren Uptegrove

Lauren is a graduate student at Baylor University pursuing her Master’s and Doctoral degrees concurrently in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. She is from Kansas City, Missouri and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Central Missouri. She spent each summer of her undergraduate degree working one-on-one with students diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities in a classroom setting, and was inspired to pursue work in behavioral intervention and enhancing verbal skills in order to make a positive difference in the lives of such incredible individuals. She is also working as a graduate assistant for Focus Behavioral Associates for the 2015 school year.


Dan Woodward

Dan Woodward

Dan is from Overland Park, Kansas. He received his bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of Kansas with a dual minor in Business and Sociology. Dan is currently pursuing his Education Specialist degree in School Psychology with hopes of becoming a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and a BCBA. Dan’s main areas of interests include transition opportunities, peer victimization, and bullying in relation to children and adolescents with developmental disabilities. Currently, Dan also works for the Waco Independent School District as a research assistant.


Kayla Ziolko

Kayla Ziolko

Kayla is from Phoenix, Arizona. She received both her bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. Currently, Kayla is pursuing her dreams in being a BCBA by getting her master's degree in Educational Psychology at Baylor.