Dr. Kelly Carrero

Dr. Kelly CarreroAssistant Professor of Special Education



Dr. Kelly M. Carrero is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, Counseling, & Special Education at Texas A&M University - Commerce. She earned her doctorate in special education with an emphasis on behavioral disorders at the University of North Texas. Prior to entering academia, Dr. Carrero served children identified with exceptionalities and behavioral concerns in a variety of settings. Research projects serve as a vehicle for positive social change and advocacy for children identified with exceptionalities and challenging behaviors (including Autism Spectrum Disorders). Specifically, she is interested in identifying (a) demographic disparities in the special education evidence-base, (b) interventions that increase access to social capital for children and families from diverse backgrounds, and (c) culturally responsive practices in research and service delivery. Dr. Carrero serves her profession as a reviewer for several journals and an active member of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and its respective divisions. She is currently President for the CEC-Division for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Learners and also serves on the Council for Children with Behavior Disorders Publications Committee.

Selected Publications

Carrero, K. M., Collins, L. W., & Lusk, M. E. (2017). Equity in the evidence-base: Demographic sampling in intervention research for behavior disorders. Behavioral Disorders, 42(4).

Lewis-Chui, C., Sayman, D., Carrero, K. M., Gibbon, T., Zolkoski, S., & Lusk, M. (2017).  Developing cultural competence among preservice teachers. Multicultural Perspectives,19(1), 47-52. doi:10.1080/15210960.2017.1267515

Lewis-Chui, C. G., Carrero, K. M., & Lusk, M. E. (2017). Culturally responsive writing instruction for secondary students with emotional and behavioral disorders. Beyond Behavior, 26(1), 28-35. doi: 10.1177/1074295617694406

Carrero, K. M. (2017). Cross-systems collaboration in practice: Juveniles with emotional behavioral disorders: Practitioner’s corner. In M. P. Bratina (Ed.). Forensic Mental Health: Framing Integrated Solutions. Boca Raton, FL: Taylor & Francis.