CARE Mission and Goals
The Baylor Clinic for Assessment, Research, and Education (CARE) is a member of the Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities.
Baylor CARE strives to provide children with cognitive and developmental disabilities research-validated assessment and intervention services.
Founded in 2014, Baylor CARE is directed by Tonya N. Davis, Ph.D., BCBA and Kristen Mainor, LSSP, BCBA, who serves as the director of Behavioral and Educational Services at the Baylor University Center for Developmental Disabilities.
Baylor CARE is staffed by volunteer advanced graduate students within the Department of Educational Psychology. Baylor CARE therapists are highly trained, experienced therapists who are carefully supervised by CARE faculty, staff, and supervisors.
- Establish a national reputation for excellence in developmental disability research.
- To publish at least 10 scholarly articles regarding applied research conducted at Baylor CARE each year.
- Formally collaborate with other Baylor University entities and departments (e.g., Neuroscience, Speech and Communication Disorders) to conduct innovative, multi-disciplinary research in treating children with developmental disabilities, specializing in
- the areas of challenging behavior (e.g., self-injurious behavior, feeding disorders, etc.).
- Receive at least one state and/or national grant each year to fund research initiatives.
- Recruit high quality scholars at the master, doctoral, and post-doctoral levels.
- Serve as a training and research site for two post-doctoral fellows each year.
- Recruit at least five high quality doctoral students specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis each year.
- Recruit at least 15 high quality master’s degree students specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis each year.
- Provide practicum courses in Applied Behavior Analysis, which will allow graduate
- students to complete field experience for graduate course credit.
- Support research agenda of post-doctoral fellows, doctoral candidates, and master’s students by providing extensive applied research opportunities on site.
- Receive at least one national (e.g., IES) training grant biennially.
- Establish a national reputation for excellence in the Applied Behavior Analytic treatment for
- children with developmental disabilities.
- Raise $100,000 annually in order to continue providing quality services to Central Texas
- Provide a half-day ABA-based preschool program for Central Texas children with cognitive developmental disabilities.
- Offer a wide spectrum of Applied Behavior Analytic services to Central Texas children with cognitive and developmental disabilities to better meet the unique needs of our families, including, but not limited to self-injurious behavior treatment programs, feeding clinics, sleep training programs, and toilet training programs.
- Provide regular parent and practitioner trainings on research-based interventions for children with disabilities.
- Assemble a team of nationally renowned faculty and staff, including three tenured or tenure-track research professors, one clinical professor and one Baylor CARE Director