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With a focus on high-incidence disabilities, the special education PhD specialization prepares doctoral students for positions in research and leadership in higher education or the community. Baylor uses a competency-based approach to ensure doctoral students gain knowledge and skills in research, teaching, and supervision while our coursework offers a blend of theory and practice for serving individuals with high-incidence disabilities. Doctoral students will have research opportunities at the Spring Literacy Clinic offered through the Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities and in the newly developed twice-exceptionalities programming through the Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development.
Tracey Sulak, PhD
Dr. Sulak’s primary research interests involve the impact of environment on educational outcomes across the lifespan, and much of her research is funded by internal and external grants. Dr. Sulak conducts both applied research and secondary data set analysis, with much of her applied research situated in local public schools or colleges and universities.
Tonya Davis, PhD, BCBA-D
Dr. Davis’ research interest involves the treatment of severe challenging behavior among individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Tamara Hodges, EdD
Dr. Hodges’s interests are 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).