Leadership Team

Dr. Steven Gonzalez, Phd., BCBA-D, LBA, CEO
Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Licensed Behavior Analyst
Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Steven Gonzalez has been working with youth and adults since the early 1990′s. Dr. Gonzalez has worked with such agencies as  Project Headstart, Parent/Child Incorporated San Antonio, Parent/Child  Incorporated Floresville, Texas Workforce Development, La Petite  Academy, Bexar County Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program and other government agencies. Dr. Gonzalez has also been an instructor to many agencies and caretakers providing required instruction to qualify  to take the CDA (Child Development Associate Certification Exam). In  addition Dr. Gonzalez has also taught the management/administration component for the CDA management certificate. Dr. Gonzalez has also served as the Lead Faculty Psychology Chair for the  University of Phoenix San Antonio Campus and as a graduate school professor for Kaplan University’s Applied Behavior Analysis graduate certification program. Dr. Gonzalez currently  serves as the Owner and Executive Director of the South Texas Behavioral  Institute. In addition he is currently a graduate school professor for UTSA’s Applied Behavior  Analysis Graduate Program.            

Patricia Luna, B.A.
Director of Operations

Patricia has a vast background of experience in both the medical and IDD  fields. She has studied biology with a BMCD concentration and holds  certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). In addition, Patricia has extensive experience working with individuals with  disabilities including entering the field as a head coach for Special  Olympics across various sports as well as serving individuals within the  group home setting providing direct care and as an ICF Residential Supervisor. In these roles, she worked helping clients to reach their full potential in a safe and supportive environment. Patricia came to  South Texas Behavioral Institute in May 2014 to ensure the delivery of  quality ABA services to all the families we service. In the future,  Patricia hopes to complete her Masters in Nursing to provide appropriate medical services to the IDD community. In her free time, she enjoys  spending time with her three beautiful daughters and family.        

Monica Palma, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA
Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Licensed Behavior Analyst
Director of Clinical Services

Monica Palma graduated with her Masters in Special Education with a concentration in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis from Texas State University. She is currently certified as a Board Certified Behavior  Analyst (BCBA) and a Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) in the state of Texas. Her background is in Special Education, in which she received her undergraduate degree. Monica taught for a number of years as a Special Education Teacher before pursuing her BCBA. As a Special Education teacher Monica worked in various environments including public, charter and private schools servicing individuals in inclusion, self-contained and specialty settings. Her area of expertise is in transition and life skills for young adults transitioning out of the  school system. Monica also has a strong affinity to Deaf studies, she is  proficient in American Sign Language (ASL) and knowledgeable about Deaf  culture. She is dedicated to the education of practitioners, families and the community with regards to Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis.  In her current at role at STXBI Monica works with clients across the  lifespan, provides training for our team as well as oversees all cases for STXBI. Monica created STXBI's behavior analyst in training (BAT) program and has the privilege of training STXBI's future BCBAs. Mrs. Palma has also served as a graduate school Academic Associate for Arizona State University's Applied Behavior Analysis graduate program since 2014. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Clinical Team

Our team is made up of multiple clinicians including those who hold the  BCBA-D, BCBA and RBT credential. With experience in psychology,  education, dual diagnosis, Telehealth and a myriad of other areas.

Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs)

Jeremy Rodriguez, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA
Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Licensed Behavior Analyst        

Jeremy Rodriguez is a 2014 Texas A&M College Station graduate who received his Bachelor of Science in Animal Science focusing primarily on  Animal Behavior.  He also received a Certificate of Leadership Studies and Development while in the Corps of Cadets during his time there. Jeremy has been working in the field of ABA for 5 years now and discovered his love and passion for it when he first started working at the Autism Treatment Center of San Antonio.  He is now a graduate of the  University of Cincinnati with a Master’s in Education in Foundations of Behavior Analysis. Jeremy has had the advantage of working as an RBT and serving as the lead of the behavior analyst in training (BAT) during this time prior to attaining his BCBA in September 2018. In his free time, he loves to spend  time with family, friends, and his dogs.