School Psychology Faculty

Core Faculty:

Dr. Eric Robinson (University of Kansas) has research interests in classroom management, at-risk youth and subsequent college attendance, prevention and intervention of aggressive behaviors, gifted education, and policy efforts in school psychology. In addition, Dr. Robinson is a leader in NASP, the interim director of the Baylor Autism Resource Clinic, and director of the school psychology program.

Dr. Nicholas Benson, NCSP, (University of Florida) has research interests in the development and measurement of intelligence, personality and academic achievement. He holds a license for the practice of school psychology in Florida, and is a nationally certified school psychologist (NCSP).

Dr. Julie Ivey-Hatz (Oklahoma State University) has research interests in Autism Spectrum Disorders, suicide prevention, family systems and developmental disabilities. Dr. Hatz is a licensed specialist in school psychology (LSSP).

Dr. Tamara Hodges (Baylor University) has clinical interests in curricular issues for special-needs students, therapeutic approaches for individuals with eating disorders, and depression in adolescents and young adults. Dr. Hodges holds a license for the independent practice of psychology in Texas and is a licensed specialist in school psychology (LSSP).

Affiliated Faculty:

Ms. Kristen Padilla-Mainor (Baylor University) is director of the Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities and has research interests in behavior assessments, applied behavior analysis, and developmental disabilities. She is a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). In 2015, she won the Outstanding School Psychologist award from the Texas Association of School Psychologists.

Dr. Marley Watkins (Non-Resident Scholar) (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) has wide research interests in school psychology, including professional issues, the psychometrics of assessment and diagnosis, individual differences, and computer applications. Dr. Watkins is an award-winning scholar, ranked 10th among U.S. school psychology faculty for publications between 2000 and 2005 and again for 2005 to 2009. He is an elected member of the Society for the Study of School Psychology. His advanced clinical competence was recognized by the American Board of Professional Psychology by an award of the Diplomate in School Psychology and he holds a license for the independent practice of psychology in Pennsylvania and Arizona.