Our Staff

Connie Lillas, PhD, MFT, RN

Founder / President


Connie Lillas, PhD, MFT, RN is the Founder/President of NRF Global Communities with a background in high-risk maternal-child nursing, family systems, and developmental psychoanalysis. She is a National Graduate Zero To Three Leadership Fellow and a Court Team Liaison for a birth to five-year-old Fostering Family Partnerships pilot promoting child welfare reform in Los Angeles. Connie has a full-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 (NRF, 2009) based upon her co-authored book—Infant/Child Mental Health, Early Intervention, and Relationship-Based Therapies: A Neurorelational Framework for Interdisciplinary Practice, which is a part of the W. W. Norton Interpersonal Neurobiology Series. This Series, begun by Dan Siegel is currently edited by Allan Schore.

Jacquelyn Christensen, PhD

Director of Research and Community Evaluation


Jacquelyn Christensen, PhD has over 13 years of mental health experience, focused on supporting children and families using a trauma‐informed, interdisciplinary lens. She is the Director of Research and Community Evaluation at NRF Global Communities, working closely with Dr. Connie Lillas to apply concepts from the Neurorelational Framework to build interdisciplinary communities in the United States and Canada and, in partnership with various universities, engage in cutting edge research to expand our understanding of stress and trauma.

Previously, Dr. Christensen served as the Early Intervention Training Institute Coordinator at Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic helping to bring high‐quality, 0‐5 focused trainings to staff in LA and surrounding counties, as well as overseeing program evaluation and outcome analysis efforts across the organization. She is adjunct faculty at Woodbury since 2008 and occasionally at Pitzer College, primarily teaching developmental psychology, child development, research methods, cross‐cultural psychology, and psychology of fashion. Her research interests include meta‐emotion and parent‐child interaction in toddlers, as well as non‐suicidal self‐injury in early adolescence with a focus on sensory processing, self‐regulation, and trauma. Dr. Christensen received her degree in Applied Developmental Psychology from Claremont Graduate University.
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