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CTSP Center
2251 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-2251
Phone: 979.845.4374
Fax: 979.845.6496
CTSP Center
578 John Kimbrough Blvd.
Bldg. 1536, Room 117
College Station, TX 77843-2251

We aid Career and Technical Education Teachers to better work with special populations. Our resources include:

  • Online Courses
  • Showcased Best Practices
  • Multimedia Materials
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • In-service Trainings for ISDs and ESCs
  • Help for Parents
  • Expert Advice on Critical Topics

Faculty »

Lakshmi Mahadevan, Ph.D.

Phone: 979-845-4374
Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist – Special Populations

Dr. Lakshmi Mahadevan has been a visiting professor with Texas A&M University. She also acts as Program Coordinator for the CTSP Center. She has her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Career Development Education from Texas A&M University. Her areas of expertise include career assessment, training teachers on post-secondary options for individuals with special needs, special education and multicultural career counseling.

Rick L. Peterson, Ph.D., L.M.F.T., C.F.L.E

Phone: 979-845-1877
Associate Professor and Extension Parenting Specialist

Dr. Rick Peterson is an Associate Professor and Parenting Specialist with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at Texas A&M University. He has statewide leadership responsibilities for program development and outcome evaluation of parenting and family life education programs. He conducts workshops and applied research related to parent education and family functioning; he has also written numerous Extension publications, curricula, and peer-reviewed journal articles. Rick has program development experience in the areas family life, parenting, child care, and mental health. He is a faculty member of the University Center on Disability at Texas A&M and project director for the Special Populations and Career Education Resource Library. Rick is utilizing and integrating technology into program delivery of Extension programs and materials through web access, as well as self-paced learning modules for parents, caregivers, and family professionals.

Rick is president of the National Association for Rural Mental Health and holds memberships in the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, and National Council of Family Relations. Rick is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Family Life Educator, and trained mediator. He holds degrees from Kansas State University, including a B. A. in Agriculture, a M. S. in Marriage and Family Therapy, and a Ph.D. in Family Life Education.