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Children and Society Alumni Profiles

Children and Society alumni have gone on to work as educators, as counselors, and in non-profit organizations focusing on children. They have also enrolled in graduate school programs in Speech-Language Pathology, Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Counseling Psychology. If you are a Children and Society alum, we would love to hear what you’re doing and share your news with other alumni. Please contact us at bdp@austin.utexas.edu any time!

Read on to hear about what some of our Children and Society alumni have been doing since they graduated.

Sabina Peerbhai
Psychology, Graduated Fall 2004
Sabina came to the BDPs with an interest in social services geared towards the children of low-income families, and she has continued to pursue this interest since she graduated. As a BDP student, Sabina researched the effectiveness of Texas Department of Health and Human Services programs for low-income families, worked with the Welfare Innovations Project, and interned with the Attorney General’s office in the Child Support Division. After she graduated, Sabina returned to UT to pursue her Masters in Social Work, with a focus in non-profit management. Sabina says that the BDP led her to pursue her Social Work degree, and her continuing work in early childhood development and with the Ismaili Muslim Girl Scouts.

Jeannie Aguilar
Psychology, Spring 2005
Through the BDPs, Jeannie explored her interests in early childhood intervention. During her time as an undergraduate, she worked on various research projects in the Children’s Research Lab and the Educational Psychology department. In 2006, she returned to UT to complete a Master’s degree in Special Education with a dual specialization in Early Childhood Intervention and Autism & Developmental Disabilities. Jeannie plans to finish her Ph.D. in Special Education in spring 2013. Professionally, Jeannie has worked as a behavior analyst for children with autism, and she directed the Autism Program at Austin Travis County Integral Care. She recently took a position as a traveling consultant and provides consultation and supervision to families in other states. Additionally, Jeannie she has taught several classes in the Special Education and Applied Learning and Development departments at UT Austin for the past two years.

Liz Warfield
Linguistics, Graduated Summer 2006
When she first started in the Children and Society BDP, Liz knew she was primarily interested in children, language, and education. Her two connecting experiences in bilingual child language helped further enhance and solidify those interests. The BDP enabled Liz to connect her Linguistics major with a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Texas at Austin. Since 2011, Liz has been working as a Senior Speech Therapist at HealthSouth Rehab Hospital of Austin. She works with patients recovering from strokes and brain injuries, helping them to improve their language, swallowing, and cognitive skills. Liz also teaches and supervises graduate interns.

Nora Odisho
Psychology, Graduated Summer 2008
Nora was a Psychology/Pre-Med major who focused on the Children and Health Strand in the Children & Society BDP. In her BDP, Nora researched with Dr. Echols on language acquisition of infants and had the opportunity to be an asthma program coordinator for the American Lung Association. Nora is currently attending medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth. Throughout medical school, she has held leadership positions in the Internal Medicine and Pediatrics interest groups.

Michelle Lenihan
Psychology, Graduated Spring 2010
The Children & Society BDP offered Michelle the opportunity to build on her Psychology major and explore her interests in children and health. Hoping to pursue a career as a Child Life Specialist, Michelle interned with Wonders & Worries and Dell Children’s Hospital. She also conducted research on pediatric palliative care. After completing an internship with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in Fall 2010, Michelle became a certified Child Life Specialist. In 2011, she worked as a Child Life Specialist at Dell Children’s Medical Center in the surgery department, and in 2012 she transferred to Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, where she works in the emergency center and an inpatient general medicine floor.