Jonnae Tillman is in her 15th year as a trainer, researcher and consultant in Motivational Interviewing (M.I.). A science-based approach to communication, M.I. creates a partnership between professionals in the helping field and their patients, clients and families, enabling them to work together as “co-experts” toward shared goals.

Jonnae is a member of MINT, the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, an international organization of professionals committed to the research, training and practice of Motivational Interviewing. Started in 1997 by a small group of trainers trained by Drs. William R. Miller and Stephen Rollnick, the organization has since grown to represent 33 countries and more than 20 different languages.

Jonnae is currently the Clinical Director at IPRG, Innovative Projects Research Group, at the University of Washington. At IPRG she provides M.I. training, supervision and fidelity adherence for research in adult/adolescent marijuana dependence and alcohol abuse in military populations. Jonnae has also written on-line CME for M.I. and Primary Care of Type 2 Diabetes.

In 2011-13, Jonnae provided training and coaching to emergency department practitioners at NYU/Bellevue Hospital, Jackson Memorial in Miami, FL, and Massachusetts General in Boston.

In addition, Jonnae is Adjunct Faculty at Seattle University, teaching M.I. in a Treating Addictions class to Nurse Practitioner candidates. Currently, she is designing trainings for Nurse Family Partnership, Washington State Department of Corrections, Migrant Head Start and a domestic violence prevention agency.

A presenter at the MINT conference in England in 2011, Jonnae spoke on the topic: “M.I. in Healthcare: Brief Interventions.” At the ICME research conference in Venice, Italy, in 2012, Jonnae gave a presentation entitled: “M.I. in ‘e-Health’ Interventions.”

Jonnae has degrees in psychology and addiction studies from Seattle University, and attended Western Washington University and Loyola Marymount University.


On a Personal Note

Jonnae Tillman lives in the beautiful little town of Edmonds, Washington, loves watching her two teenage sons play football and basketball, is a voracious reader (still fighting for the future of actual paper books, no e-books yet!), and travels as much as possible. On her travel wish list is a visit to Lithuania and Poland.