Born in India and raised in Dubai (UAE), Aakriti enjoyed growing up surrounded by a diverse population. Her appreciation for observing behaviors from a young age inspired her to learn more about psychology. Aakriti graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Economics before pursuing a graduate degree in Clinical Psychology. After working in different schools and clinics in India and UAE, she moved to the US in 2014, where she was formally introduced to Behavior Analysis. The data-driven path to evaluate and drive learners’ progress won her trust in the outcomes of the field. Additionally, the fun learners had while progressing at their own pace convinced her that this was the specialization to pursue. Aakriti thus decided to add to her skillsets by doing a deep dive into the Applied Behavior Analysis coursework from UCLA, California, in 2015.
Aakriti has over ten years of experience working with a neurodiverse population (with an emphasis on Autism) in schools and clinics across India, UAE, and the USA and has loved all the time she has spent in the field. She began working at Carolina Center for ABA and Autism Treatment in 2016 and enjoys the fun, non-hierarchical learning and collaborative culture fostered at CCABA.
Aside from Behavior Analysis, Aakriti enjoys tapping her feet to pop, rock, and Bollywood music. She also enjoys reading. Some of her favorite reads include “Tuesdays with Morrie” by Mitch Albom, “The kite runner” by Khaled Hosseini, & “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari. She loves to travel and has enjoyed the thrill of sky-diving over the palm islands in Dubai and snorkeling in Cancun. Aside from that, you might find her having fun with her two little boys, gardening, playing board games, or enjoying some mindful time engaging with mandala art.