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Julia Heinly graduated from Furman University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in May 2020. She worked as an Exceptional Children Teacher Assistant at Guy B. Phillips Middle School in Chapel Hill before joining the TEACCH Research Team in January of 2022. Julia is grateful to contribute to projects that authentically involve autistic partners and include a diverse group of other collaborators united by the shared goal of improving the lives of autistic people. In her free time, Julia enjoys staying active with her big-eared and blue-eyed dog, cooking and eating good food, and spending time with friends and family.