CARE Mission and Goals

CARE Mission:

  • To provide Baylor University students who seek careers in the treatment and care of individuals with developmental disabilities an exceptional hands-on training experience in the skillful application of scientifically-based principles of assessment and intervention.
  • To conduct cutting-edge research that seeks to improve the education, treatment, and outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities and to disseminate findings that contribute to the advancement of the field.
  • To enrich the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities by providing evidence-based therapeutic interventions, on-going assessment, and other supportive interventions based on the science and principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA) and aimed at improving communication, socialization, adaptive skill(s), and other identified needs.
  • To provide consultation and training to parents and community agencies enabling them to better support children in their care with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Long-Term Goals

  • 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.
  • 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 children.
  • 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