Current Doctoral 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
Taydi Ray, M.S., CCC-SLP – Bilingual Education Consultant
Taydi is a bilingual speech-language pathologist. She received her bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of Memphis and master’s degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas. Upon graduation, she moved to Nashville and worked primarily with preschool and elementary school students. She is most interested in children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. She joined the KidTalk team in May 2022.
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.
Current Masters Students
Katia Jarufe, B.S. – Research Assistant
Katia received a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Purdue University in 2023. While at Purdue, Katia worked as an early childcare assistant at a development laboratory school. Katia came to Vanderbilt in 2023 for her master’s degree in Child Studies and is currently a part-time research assistant at KidTalk.
Lin Pin, B.S. – Research Assistant and Susan Gray School Fellow
Lin is a second-year master’s student in early childhood special education program at Peabody College. She also works in Susan Gray School as a fellow. Lin is originally from China and lived in Texas for 6 years before moving to Nashville. Lin loves hiking and exploring hiking trails in Nashville. Lin is also a mom of a 6-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl.
Samara (Mars) Shore, B.A. – Research Assistant
Samara received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and minor’s in special education from SFSU in 2022. During her time at SFSU, Samara worked as an RBT with children, mentored adults in college through SFSU’s inclusion Pilot Project, and co-authored a literature review about the best physical activity interventions for adults with IDD. Samara came to Vanderbilt to pursue her master’s degree in early childhood special education with an emphasis in ABA. She joined the KidTalk lab in 2023 and is a behavior support team intern at the Metro Nashville Public Schools.
Current Undergraduate Students
Anna Luger – Research Assistant
Anna is an undergraduate student at Vanderbilt studying special education and child development and is part of the transcription team.