Dr. Rebecca Parilla is a clinical psychologist who has been working in children’s behavioral health for over 20 years. Her primary role with the NPO is the oversight of Child First State Clinical Directors and collaborating with Child First leadership on the replication of our clinical work nationally. Dr. Parilla has worked in community mental health systems throughout her career, offering psychological assessment and intervention for preschoolers and school-aged children. She has presented at multiple professional conferences on the topics of maternal depression, infant mental health, attachment, trauma, and home visiting. Dr. Parilla is endorsed by the Connecticut Association for Infant Mental Health (CT-AIMH) for culturally sensitive, relationship-focused practice promoting infant mental health as an Infant Mental Health Mentor. She is an active member of the Connecticut Association for Infant Mental Health, serving as a reflective supervisor for professionals within CTAIMH and presenting as keynote speaker at their spring conference in 2011. Additionally, Dr. Parilla was the keynote speaker for the 2014 Connecticut MIECHV conference, where she presented on stress and its impact on young children. Most recently, Rebecca has been the Clinical Director of the Child First Program at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. Dr. Parilla holds a BA (cum laude with high honors in psychology) from Smith College and a doctorate from MCP Hahnemann University (current Drexel University).
National Clinical Officer