Jill Hinton, PhD

Clinical Director, Center for START Services


  • Ph.D., Psychology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • B.S., Psychology, North Carolina State University

Professional Background

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. As the Clinical Director of The Center for START Services, Dr. Hinton  provides consultation and training to START teams across the country and facilitates a monthly practice group for START program clinical directors. She currently serves as Project Manager for New York and Maryland. 

During her career, she has worked with both the Autism Society of NC and The Arc of NC in provision of supports to individuals and families across the state. More recently, she was the VP of Clinical Services for Easter Seals UCP NC & VA. In collaboration with the Medical Director, she oversaw the provision of services and supports to individuals with intellectual/developmental disability, autism spectrum disorder, and mental illness. She continues to provide clinical consultation to NC START and VA START which provide crisis intervention and prevention supports to individuals with developmental disabilities and co-occurring behavioral health issues.

Dr. Hinton provides consultation to the NC Practice Improvement Collaborative and serves as chair of the DD Subcommittee for the NC-PIC which researches and reviews emerging best practices in the field of IDD.

She obtained her B.S. in psychology from North Carolina State University and her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.


START is a research-based model of services and supports for individuals with an intellectual/developmental disability (IDD) ages six and older who also have a mental health (MH) diagnosis or behavioral health needs.

Curriculum Vitae: 
Institute on Disability
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