Our Team





Lillian Thompson Brown, MS, CCC-SLP
PhD Student

lillianthompson2026@u.northwestern.edu

Lillian is a licensed speech-language pathologist and PhD student in the Early Intervention Research Group. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSD) from the University of Central Florida and she received her Master’s degree in CSD at Howard University. Lillian has over a decade of experience working as an SLP in various settings including: hospitals, long-term care facilities, and school systems. As the younger sibling of an autistic brother, Lillian spent many years volunteering and serving on leadership boards with autism advocacy groups across the United States. She has also helped create autism sibling support programs for young children in Florida and Maryland. As a PhD student, Lillian’s research interests include improving autism diagnostic experiences for Black caregivers, increasing timely and accurate diagnoses for Black autistic toddlers, and the implementation of culturally responsive strategies in autism assessment and intervention.  In her free time, Lillian enjoys traveling, volunteering, and staying active.

 

Favorite children’s book: The Giving Tree

Favorite childhood toy: Easy-Bake Oven

Favorite childhood snack: Dunkaroos

Pronouns – she/her