Kristen Padilla-Mainor
Clinical Assistant Professor

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Dr. Kristen Padilla-Mainor

Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Kristen Padilla-Mainor is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology Department and also serves as the Director of the Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities (BCDD).

She is a Waco native and attended Waco ISD schools before going to study psychology and sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. She attended graduate school at Baylor University where she earned an education specialist degree in school psychology and recently earned her doctorate in educational psychology where she specialized in assessment and behavior management.

At Baylor University, she teaches courses in applied behavior analysis and school psychology. She provides training and supervision to graduate students learning how to conduct assessments and develop treatment programs for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or other developmental disabilities. Dr. Padilla-Mainor serves as the parent and community liaison, coordinates programming efforts, and works with local agencies to provide training in working with children with ASD and behavioral difficulties. Her primary research interests are in the areas of behavioral assessment, behavior management, and autism spectrum disorder.

Dr. Padilla-Mainor is a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She has several years of experience in working with children in the classroom and clinic settings. Prior to working at Baylor University, Dr. Padilla-Mainor worked as an LSSP conducting intellectual, academic, and social-emotional assessments, counseling students, and providing behavior consultation in Waco ISD. She really enjoyed working in the district she used to call home, working with teachers, students, and families to provide children with optimal learning environments as well as instructional and behavioral management strategies to help them be successful.