Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities

The Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities invests in research, training, outreach, and clinical services that promote the flourishing of people with disabilities, their families, and communities.

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Mar. 1, 2024
Meet Doctoral Candidate Nori Ryland: An Aspirational Career Devoted to Serving Learners, Families, and Educators

Nori Ryland is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in the School Psychology program within the Department of Educational Psychology. Her research interests include supporting the sustained implementation of evidence-based practices and behavioral evidence-based interventions when working with low-income and economically marginalized populations. Her passion for helping kids and families has been of interest to Nori throughout her schooling, and now she is able to live out her passion through her work in schools.

Feb. 29, 2024
Meet Assistant Professor Kristen Muller: Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities the Key to Her Research Focus

Dr. Kristen Muller is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and a Center affiliate. Dr. Muller’s schooling and experiences influenced her primary research focus on identifying appropriate assessment and intervention methods for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) who are non-speaking or who have minimal verbal skills.  This area of research has become a passion she enjoys and continues to share with families and students.

Feb. 16, 2024
Faculty & Staff Reception Recap

Our first Faculty & Staff Reception was a success! Thank you to all who came out to launch our 10th year as a Center. We are grateful to Dr. Reid and Dr. Saxon for speaking such encouraging words about our work.  Read more about the Reception and how you, as Staff or Faculty, could be a part of our work. 

Jan. 24, 2024
Meet Professor Nicholas Benson: Preparing Future School Psychologists in Practice and Research

Nicholas F. Benson, Ph.D., is a Texas licensed psychologist, licensed specialist in school psychology, and nationally certified school psychologist. He teaches courses in intellectual assessment, academic assessment, evaluation, and academic intervention.

Upcoming Events

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Educator Training
5:30 - 7:00 pm

Calling all educators! The BCDD is back hosting the Equipping Educators Training Series: Promoting Positive Behaviors in School Settings. Session 5: Academic and Behavioral Goal Writing will be taking place on campus in Marrs McLean Science. We can't wait to see you there!


Watch BU Baseball with the BCDD!
1:00 - 4:00 pm

As we celebrate Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in March, BU Baseball is featuring the BCDD! Community members with disabilities and their families, Baylor Faculty/Staff, and students are all invited to sit with us during the game. Plus, with World Down Syndrome Day right around the corner (March 21st), we have a few friends with Down Syndrome throwing the first pitch of the game!

Dr. Pepper Hour hosted by BCDD + DAPi Honor Society
3:00 - 4:00 pm

The BCDD + Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society are partnering to celebrate accessibility week on campus and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month! Other student organizations that are involved with disability will be there as well. Come see us and meet new friends!

BCDD Monthly Consortium Meeting
3:30 - 4:30 pm

Baylor Faculty, join us on March 26th from 3:30-4:30 pm in Marrs McLean Science Garden Level Rm. 14. At this meeting, some of the BCDD affiliate faculty will present current interdisciplinary projects. We will also have time for discussion and sharing of ideas for future collaborative projects. Please RSVP by March 24th.