My name is Iulia Runcanu and I am elated to join Apara Autism as the Clinical Director of the Pearland center. I can honestly say I found my calling working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families. I have over 10 years of experience with direct client care in the Applied Behavior Analysis field in the U.S., as well as psychological research and teaching experience in Romania, where I was born and raised. Since relocating to Houston in 2011, I have gained extensive experience working with clients with Autism Spectrum Disorders, as well as training their families, staff, and other professionals.

I start every day reminding myself of the privilege and duty of being in this field and I strongly believe that clients should be having fun every day while receiving ABA therapy. I often use applied behavior analysis interventions on myself (for example, I recently designed a contingency meant to increase my weekly frequency of going to the gym).

I love reading (I keep every book I read; I like the clean, crisp feeling and rustling noise of pages being turned). I enjoy spending time with friends, playing backgammon with my husband, watching movies, tennis competitions, and Premier League soccer (I am a Liverpool FC supporter). I look forward to setting up the Pearland center as a place where all clients and team members feel accepted, valued, and supported.

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