Senior Staff  

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

Catherine Baker Simms, Ph.D., BCBA-D

CEO

Dr. Catherine Simms 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. Simms 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.  Simms’ 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 husband and 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.

Counseling Staff  

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

Brittany Williamson Lowe, LMHC

Director of Counseling Services & Director of Marketing

Brittany Lowe received her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Florida. Trained in psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral and systemic approaches to counseling, she tailors interventions to meet the unique needs of her clients. Depending on the presenting problem, she may consult with parents to improve their children’s behavior, work with families to improve their communication, perform individual therapy for children struggling with emotional or behavioral difficulties, or conduct family therapy to assist families dealing with loss or transition. Brittany is also a certified yoga instructor who uses that knowledge to treat anxiety and depression and promote self-care within her practice. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, yoga, kickboxing, traveling to new places and spending time with her family, friends and beloved yellow Lab, Reagan.

Research Staff  

Kissel Goldman, M.S.

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.Kissel’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.

Behavior Analysis Staff  

Brianna Woodall

Registered Behavior Technician

Brianna Woodall is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice at the University of North Florida. On schedule to graduate in the summer of 2020, she plans to continue her education by earning a graduate degree in Behavior Analysis. Coming from a large family, Ms. Brianna has always had a love for working and playing with children. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, playing with her dog, drawing, traveling, and going to the beach.

Ellie Carmical

Behavior Technician

Ellie Carmical graduated in 2014 from the University of North Florida with a degree in Special Education and a minor in Community Leadership.  She plans to finish her Masters of Education with a focus on Applied Behavior Analysis this summer, also from the University of North Florida. Ellie has a passion for helping students with disabilities develop their academic and behavioral skills, better equipping them to succeed in school.  She has been working as a special education teacher for three years and has experience working with a variety of disabilities, and with students in grades K-2 and 3-6. Eventually, she hopes to become a BCBA and continue serving students with varying needs. In her spare time, Ellie enjoys spending time with her husband, frequent trips to the beach, snuggling with her puppy, Harly Jane, and watching college football.  Her favorite place to get away is her parents’ cabin overlooking beautiful Dale Hollow Lake in Tennessee.