Connie Lillas, RN, MFT, PhD

Connie is a National Graduate Zero To Three Leadership Fellow and donates her pro bono time to promoting child welfare reform in Los Angeles. Connie has a part-time private practice, specializing in dual diagnosis across both developmental delays and mental health concerns.

In addition, she trains communities locally, nationally, and internationally on the NeuroRelational Framework’s most recent publication of The NRF’s Three Steps to Resilience Foundations Interactive Manual. This manual translates the theory of her original work, coauthored with Janiece Turnbull, into clinical practice that applies to all those with trauma histories, neurodivergent status, and complex diagnoses. Connie is Faculty at University of
Davis’ NAPA Infant-Parent Fellowship and at the University of Washington’s Barnard Center’s Advanced Clinical Training Program (ACT).

Connie is launching a research pilot project that will work towards providing reliability in the use of the Awake States Indicators. Her team will develop a Coding Manual for training and research purposes in collaboration with the STAR Institute in Denver. Connie’s long-term goal is to collect evaluative data regarding the NRF’s efficacy over time in multiple communities.