Julianne Fretz is the Outreach Coordinator for the Center for Autism Research (CAR). Julianne handles recruitment for all of CAR’s research studies, acts as a liaison with the autism community by attending outreach events in the Greater Philadelphia area, and manages CAR’s research tool, autismMatch. Additionally, Julianne is responsible for organizing CAR’s Distinguished Lecture Series (DLS) as well as its annual Huddle Up for Autism event with the Philadelphia Eagles. Prior to her promotion to Outreach Coordinator in July 2012, Julianne worked as a research assistant on the outreach team for two years.
Julianne is the older sibling of a brother on the autism spectrum. Her experiences as a sibling influence how she approaches her work and interacts with families of individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Outside of CHOP, Julianne helps facilitate a sibling support group for children ages 6-12 who have siblings diagnosed with developmental disabilities.
Julianne graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies with a concentration in Anthropology and Sociology from the University of Maryland in 2010. Her senior thesis focused on the changing form and function of support groups for parents of children with ASD diagnoses.