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Cara L. Garcia, Ph.D.
Emeritus Professor of Education

Ph.D., University of Arizona; M.A., California State University, Los Angeles; B.S., Central Michigan University

Dr. Cara Garcia teaches in the master of arts in education program at GSEP. She came to Pepperdine University from the Los Angeles Unified School District where she was a teacher and teacher-advisor. She teaches methods courses, chairs dissertations, and supervises educational therapy services offered through the clinic.



  • 645: Language Acquisition and Language Arts Methods
  • 791: Dissertation Research

Academic Interests:

  • Academic anxiety, specifically reading and writing blocks, test anxiety, stage fright, and math anxiety

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Mara Leigh Taylor (MA '03, MA '06) founded Getting Out By Going In after more than five years of volunteer work inside prisons, teaching more than 600 inmates tools for rapid and lasting changes, and recently authored a book titled Women in Prison: Women Finding Freedom.