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Jillian James Tillett

Jillian James Tillett, Ph.D Student in Marriage and Family Therapy

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Jillian James Tillett, Ph.D Student in Marriage and Family Therapy

Department of Human Development and Family Science

Jillian James Tillett is a doctoral student in Marriage and Family Therapy at Virginia Tech. Her research focuses on supporting neurodiverse relationships and positive autistic identity development through systemic therapy. Jill is passionate about advocating for the inclusion of autistic and other neurodivergent people and their knowledge in the research and development of systemic psychotherapies and psychoeducation for neurodiverse relationships. For her dissertation work, Jill is training in mixed methods research. Jim received his B.A. in Sociology from UNC Chapel Hill and his M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Appalachian State University. He is projected to finish his Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy in May 2024.

  • Neurodivergence and mental health
  • Positive autistic identity development
  • Systemic therapy
  • Affirming LGBTQ+ clients
  • Mixed methods research
  • MA in Marriage and Family Therapy, Appalachian State University, 2020
  • Graduate Certificate in Systemic Multicultural Counseling, Appalachian State University, 2020
  • B.A. in Sociology with Honors, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2017
  • Virginia Tech Graduate School Dean’s Diversity Fellowship recipient, 2020-2021
  • Senior Honors Thesis in Sociology at UNC Chapel Hill, 2017

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