Jonnae Tillman portraitis in her 21st year as a trainer, researcher, and consultant in Motivational Interviewing (M.I.). and is a member of MINT (Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers), an international organization committed to research, training, and practice. Jonnae has also written online C.E. courses for M.I. and Type 2 Diabetes in Primary Care, and for national Head Start/Early Head Start programs.

Dr. Tillman is a psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP) and earned degrees in psychology, addiction medicine, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Seattle University. Jonnae is the Director of the PMHNP program at Seattle University and has been on faculty for 11 years. In addition, she has trained and coached emergency department practitioners at NYU/Bellevue Hospital, Miami’s Jackson Memorial, and Massachusetts General in Boston. Jonnae is a former Clinical Director of Research at the University of Washington, where she provided M.I. training, supervision, and fidelity adherence.

For over ten years, Jonnae has designed and implanted MI trainings for organizations such as, Nurse Family Partnership, Washington State Department of Corrections, Migrant Head Start, and domestic violence prevention agencies. Currently in development are MI online courses, due for release at jtillmantraining.org in Fall 2023.


Jonnae regularly presents at national and international conferences, presenting on topics like "M.I. in 'e-Health' Interventions" at the ICME Research Conference in Venice, Italy and “M.I. in Healthcare: Brief Interventions” at the MINT conference in Sheffield, England.

On a Personal Note

Jonnae Tillman lives in the beautiful little beach town of Edmonds, Washington with her two muddy Labradors. She is a voracious reader and travels to NYC as much as possible for theatre. On her travel wish list is a visit to Lithuania.