Founder & Faculty Director
Dr. Carly Gilson is the founding Faculty Director for Aggie ACHIEVE. She is also an Assistant Professor of Special Education in the Department of Educational Psychology at Texas A&M University. She received her Ph.D. in Special Education from Vanderbilt University, where she also served as a job coach and graduate research assistant with the Next Steps program. Prior to pursuing doctoral studies, Dr. Gilson worked as a special education teacher in Atlanta. She now conducts research in transition for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and expanding pathways for inclusive higher education and integrated employment. She also teaches in the special education undergraduate program at Texas A&M University. Dr. Gilson provides oversight for the Aggie ACHIEVE staff and leads the long-term vision for the program.