Current Students

Kathryn Bailey, B.S. – Research Assistant

Kate received bachelor’s degrees in Neuroscience and Psychology from Michigan State University in 2017. While at MSU, she also worked as a research coordinator for a lab studying a parent-mediated language intervention for children with ASD. Kate came to Vanderbilt in 2018 for her master’s degree in Special Education on the Severe Disabilities track. She came to KidTalk in 2020 and is currently pursuing a PhD in Early Childhood Special Education.


Kelsey Dillehay, M.Ed. – Interventionist 

Kelsey received her Bachelor’s degree from Berry College in Psychology and Family Studies, and her Master’s in Human Development Counseling from Vanderbilt University. After interning with KidTalk for two years on various projects, she now enjoys working full time with minimally verbal children with autism and their families.  She is currently pursuing her doctorate degree


Natalie Pak, M.A., CCC-SLP – Assessor

Natalie received her B.A. in Spanish and Speech-Language-Hearing in 2013, as well as her M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology in 2015, from the University of Kansas. She then worked as a speech-language pathologist in a public school district in Colorado for three years at the preschool and elementary levels. Natalie came to the KidTalk lab in 2018 to pursue a PhD and contribute to research on communication interventions for children and families.


Mary Rodgers, M.S., BCBA – Research Analyst

Mary received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in May 2015.  During her time there she completed practicum hours at the Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute serving adults in the long-term care unit and at the Johnson Mental Health Center serving children with emotional disturbances.  In December 2016 she graduated with her M.S. in Psychology from Lipscomb University, then returned to complete her graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis by August 2018.  Originally an intern, Mary is now a full-time Research Analyst for KidTalk and plans to one day complete her Ph.D. in Psychological Sciences.