Jill Hinton, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist with over 30 years of experience working with people with intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, and mental illness. Her experience with The Arc of NC, Autism Society of NC, EastersealsUCP, and the NC Council on Developmental Disabilities includes direct clinical work, organizational leadership, clinical consultation, and policy work. She has co-chaired the AUCD MHIDD SIG which seeks to enhance understanding of mental health in IDD and promote best practice. She also serves on the IDD Committee for American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
As the Clinical Director of The National Center for START Services, Dr. Hinton ensures clinical integrity and adherence to the START model across all START programs. She works with the Director of Training and the Director of QA to ensure training and quality measures are aligned with the START model and best practices. She provides consultation and training to START teams across the country and facilitates a monthly practice group for START Clinical Directors. She currently serves as Project Manager for New York START and California START where she supports development and implementation. Through the Clinical Director Practice Group, she leads discussion on emerging and best practices and how they relate to the START model. Jill's professional interests include trauma informed care and trauma treatment. She received EMDR certification through EMDR Institute. She has extensive background in autism spectrum disorder and is also interested in loss and grief in people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Jill enjoys spending time with family and vacationing with her travel friends. As part of her volunteer work, she facilitates a LQBTQ+ Support Group and supports a non-profit that works with youth transitioning our of foster care.
PhD, Psychology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill