SPED Student Testimonials

Rose Mason, Class of 2012

"Pictures of Baer, Wolf, and Risley line the walls of Juniper Gardens Children’s  Project. The fact that this is where I work, where I get to do hands-on applied research is still surreal to me. The education I received through my doctoral program at A&M paved the way by providing applicable classes, applied research opportunities, teaching and mentoring experiences, and guidance for publication. The thing I appreciate most about my experience is my advisors allowing me to develop and pursue my own research agenda - guiding me towards achieving it "

Eric Oslund, class of 2012

“The doctoral program at Texas A&M prepared me for and propelled me into a great future in academia.  It transformed me into a competent researcher and instructor and gave me the requisite skills to contribute to the science of education, especially for those students at risk of under-achieving.  My education, training, experience in the SPED program, especially those in applied statistics and research, have helped me earn several awards and recognition in the field of Special Education.”

Judith Harris, class of 2009

"Prior to attending the doctoral program at TAMU, I knew that I wanted to do more to impact the lives of children and adolescents with disabilities, specifically those with emotional and behavioral challenges.  However, I had no idea where to start. Fortunately, my experiences at TAMU including coursework in research and statistics and dedicated mentoring prepared me to begin my career in academia in the role of Clinical Research Scientist on a large multi-component, multi-site project, the Center for Adolescent Research in Schools (CARS).  In this study, we developed and evaluated a package of school-based interventions for adolescents with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges.  Without my training at TAMU, I could not have joined this great team of researchers dedicated to changing the lives of youth with disabilities."