Hector Ruiz

Hector has been working in the field of applied behavior analysis since 2001. Hector graduated with a Bachelors of Art in Psychology from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) in 2002, and a Masters of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from Northeastern University in 2006. He has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2007. Hector has worked in a wide-range of clinical settings, including home and school-based services, as well as residential facilities. Prior to joining BCI, Hector served as the Clinical Manager for a school district-based ABA program serving over 150 children with autism for 7 ½ years. Most recently, he worked as the Director of Behavioral Health Services for an adult supported living facility in Texas.

Affiliations

Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)

Areas of Interest

Verbal Behavior
Early intervention
Dissemination of Applied Behavior Analysis

Education

Masters of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis

Publications

I translated the web version of the Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP) to Spanish.

I am also collaborating with other Behavior Analysts on the Spanish translation of Cooper, Heron, and Heward (2007).

The BCI Mission and what it means to me

The history of BCI and its mission closely align to my background and career objectives. My family moved to the states in need of services for my brother, as adequate services for children with autism were not available in my native Puerto Rico. My career mission is to provide services to families in under-served communities in order for them not to face the same difficult decision that my family faced decades ago.

Given my experience conducting trainings and presentations in Spanish, as well as translating behavioral texts, I feel I can contribute to BCI in expanding to Spanish-speaking communities, which are in desperate need of behavioral services.