Infant/Child Mental Health, Early Intervention
and Relationship-Based Therapies


CONNIE LILLAS 626 577 9332



About The Authors

Connie Lillas, PhD, MFT, RN, is a National Graduate ZERO TO THREE Leadership Fellow and an infant mental health and early intervention specialist with a background in maternal-child nursing, family systems, and developmental psychoanalysis. Viewing the pre-to-five year span as the foundation for mind/brain/body health, she presents a complex and dynamic systems approach to assessing and treating infants, young children, and adults. With a long-established private clinical practice, Dr. Lillas services the age spectrum—birth to five-year-olds, latency-aged children, adolescents, and adults. She is a Supervising and Training Analyst at the Newport Psychoanalytic Institute and the Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis as well as Developmental, Individual, Relationship-Based (DIR®) faculty.

Dr. Lillas is the Director of the Interdisciplinary Training Institute (ITI), where the book serves as a foundation to develop curriculum to train staff across systems of care and disciplines that interface with high-risk pre-birth to five-year-olds and their families. The Institute has conducted training across Los Angeles County which includes the Department of Child and Protective Services employees working in the child welfare system, the Department of Mental Health, Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic Birth-to-Five year old staff, Head Start teams, pediatricians, and child care sites.

Through the ITI, Dr. Lillas provides training across disciplines and service delivery systems for local, national, and international audiences. The ITI faculty also provides training in the use of the neurorelational framework (NRF) for team collaboration and span an array of disciplines, from clinical psychology, neuropsychology, nursing, occupational therapy, pediatrics, physical therapy, psychiatry, and speech and language therapy.

Janiece Turnbull, PhD, completed a residency in clinical neuropsychology at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior in 1999, and since then has provided clinical neuropsychology assessment and consultation services in hospital, clinic, academic, and private practice settings in Los Angeles and surrounding communities. Dr. Turnbull established a neuropsychology clinic in Pasadena in 2001 where she and her associates provide in depth assessment and coordinate treatment services across disciplines. In 2001-2002, Dr. Turnbull obtained certification in infant mental health, which initiated the collaboration with Dr. Connie Lillas that ultimately resulted in the publication of this book.

As the Director of Neurobehavior Services, Dr. Turnbull specializes in providing assessment and consultation for children, adolescents, and young adults with the primary goal of establishing an interdisciplinary plan of intervention that is tailored to address the specific needs of each individual—be they cognitive, academic, and/or social/emotional in nature—within the context of his/her relationships and roles. Dr. Turnbull is also an adjunct professor at Asuza Pacific University and the primary neuropsychology supervisor to the interdisciplinary assessment and treatment team at the Pediatric Neurodevelopment Institute. Dr. Turnbull provides training and supervision in pediatric neuropsychology for doctoral students from local clinical psychology and neuropsychology training programs. Research interests and efforts include: 1) intervention for cognitive and motor weaknesses, especially compromises in executive functioning, and 2) using virtual reality as a tool for assessment and intervention, especially with the goal of incorporating movement into cognitive/learning interventions.

The neurorelational framework that is presented in this book is a response to the issues and needs that emerged from daily practice in clinical neuropsychology, for example, the importance of understanding and prioritizing treatment within a neurodevelopmental context and the need communicate brain-behavior concepts to parents and professionals across a wide array of disciplines. As such, Dr. Turnbull utilizes the neurorelational framework as the foundation for every assessment as well as for ongoing training and supervision.