Senior Staff  

Florida Children's Institute, FCI, Jacksonville, FL. Dedicated to your child's potential.

Catherine Baker, Ph.D., BCBA-D

CEO

Dr. Catherine Baker founded Florida Children’s Institute in 2014 to make a difference for children and families coping with a wide range of behavior issues and learning disabilities. Dr. Baker earned a Ph.D. in Psychology with a concentration in Behavior Analysis from the University of Florida in 2015, under Timothy Vollmer; an M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis & Developmental Disabilities from Auburn University in 2011, under James Carr and Linda LeBlanc; and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of North Florida in 2010. She also holds a B.S. in Health & Exercise Science from Wake Forest University, earned in 2006.

Dr.  Baker’s areas of specialization and research are in communication/verbal behavior, early intervention, schools consultation, parent training, and problem behavior reduction. When she’s not working, she loves spending time with her family, snuggling with her two dogs, camping, going to the beach and watching college basketball.

Florida Children's Institute, FCI, Jacksonville, FL. Dedicated to your child's potential.

Molly Hankla, MA, BCBA

Director of Behavior Analysis Services

Molly Hankla has been serving children and families at FCI since 2016, first as Assistant Clinical Director, and now as Director of Behavior Analysis Services, Ms. Hankla specializes in school consultation, parent training, and problem behavior reduction. Her research interests include assessment and skill acquisition for novel behaviors and populations. She obtained her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Florida in 2013 and an M.A. in Psychology, with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis, from the University of the Pacific in 2016, studying under Carolynn Kohn and Matthew Normand. In her spare time, Ms. Hankla enjoys teaching yoga, traveling, hiking, and playing with her cat.

Kissel Goldman, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Director of Research

Kissel Goldman completed all of his upper-level education at the University of Florida, earning a Ph.D. in Psychology with a concentration in Behavior Analysis in 2020 under the advisement of Dr. Iser DeLeon as well as an M.S. in Psychology in 2018 and a B.S. in Psychology in 2015. Dr. Goldman’s areas of specialization and/or research are tic disorders, stereotypies, choices and preferences, problem behavior reduction, physical activity, development of individualized learning arrangements, and reviewing extant literature. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his fiancé and family, making music, going to concerts and movies, watching soccer, and going to the park.

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