Kelly Carrero, Ph.D., is proud to be a Lion. She enjoys the supportive, close-knit culture at A&M-Commerce. When Carrero is relaxing, she spends time with her other family watching movies or playing games. She also enjoys experiencing other places and cultures in North America and abroad.
A Conversation with Dr. Carrero
What would you tell a student who is thinking about attending A&M-Commerce?
A major strength of A&M-Commerce is our student body, faculty and administration are comprised of people from many racial, cultural, socio-economic and educational backgrounds. Experiencing this all-encompassing environment is an added benefit to the excellent education you will receive at A&M-Commerce.
How has A&M-Commerce influenced your life and career?
A&M-Commerce has been a very nurturing environment at this stage in my life and career. I love engaging in inquiry and teaching motivated students how to experience all aspects of investigation. That said, it is also important that I have the flexibility and opportunity to engage with my family and local community. A&M-Commerce maintains high expectations and opportunities to support scholastic growth, while also recognizing that EVERY person in the Lion community needs to practice self-care and seek wellness. This balance is built into the structure of our university, which is highly unique at an institution of higher education. It is exactly what I need and appreciate.
Tell us about an academic project you are working on or recently completed.
I am currently gathering information about when youth and young adults with exceptionalities are in crisis and how they are prepared by their teachers, disability service providers and caregivers to deal with interactions with the police.
- Ph.D., Special Education (Behavioral Disorders), University of North Texas, 2012
- M.Ed., Special Education, University of North Texas, 2007
- B.A. (cum laude), Psychology, University of Texas at Dallas, 2005
- Associate Professor, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2019-Present
- Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2015-2019
Honors and Awards
- Joyce Miller Excellent Leadership in Teaching and Learning Award, Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education, 2020
- International Conference on College Teaching and Learning Distinguished New Faculty Award, International Conference on College Teaching and Learning, 2014
- Council for Exceptional Children Outstanding Graduate Student Member of the Year Award, Council for Exceptional Children, 2012
- Applied behavior analysis approaches, techniques and research
- Promoting causal agency in people with autism
- Best practices for serving youth with emotional and behavioral disorders
- Special education policy and practices
- Cultural responsivity in research and practice
- PSY 535: Applied Behavioral Analysis
April is Autism Acceptance Month, and Student Disability Services (SDS) at Texas A&M University-Commerce hosted several events to commemorate the occasion. Autism Acceptance Month is observed worldwide and includes activities that foster support and acceptance of people who are living with autism. Originally started in 1970 as “Autism Awareness Month,” the autism community continuously calls […]
Associate professor Kelly M. Carrero, Ph.D., in the Department of Psychology and Special Education at A&M-Commerce, recently secured funding to research the design and implementation of a community-based program to increase safe interactions between law enforcement and people with exceptionalities who are in crisis. The research funding is provided by a private foundation choosing to […]