Simona-Daniela Akcin, MBA, BCBA
Founder, Clinical Director
Mrs. Akcin is a native Romanian and she came to USA to pursue her graduate education and passion for tourism and hospitality industry. She holds two Bachelor of Science degrees in Economics and European Studies, graduating top of her class in 2002. She completed the MBA program with honors at Kennesaw State University, being one of the few Beta Gamma Sigma inductees in her class.
Upon her first son’s diagnosis of autism, Mrs. Akcin decided to change her career and pursue the BCBA certification in order to help not only her son, but also the children in Romania. She completed the BCBA coursework requirement with Florida Institute of Technology and became a board certified behavior analyst in 2011. LUMINA Autism Center was established shortly after that, in October 2012 when Mrs. Akcin’s dream of turning lives around for children with autism and their families became a reality. Seeing our clients succeed in the general education setting along typical developmental peers is our pride and joy. Our families are stronger, more confident and hopeful for a brighter future knowing that they understand and are able to apply the science of ABA into their lives.
Mrs. Akcin is actively involved with current research and best practices in Applied Behavior Analysis by attending various workshops and conferences with leaders in the field. Such amazing professionals include behavior analysts like Dr. Iwatta, Dr. Carbone, Dr. Mary Lynch Barbera, Dr. Sundberg, Dr. Robert Schramm, Dr. Steve Ward and speech pathologists like Nancy Kauffman and Tamara Kasper. Locally, Mrs. Akcin had the opportunity to train with the specialists at Marcus Autism Center, GSU Center for Leadership in Disability and Emory Autism Center in Atlanta, GA.