Dr. Niki Elliott

Holistic Educator | Author | Speaker | Trainer
Neurodiversity, Mindfulness, and Mindset Practitioner


For the past 25 years, Dr. Niki’s professional life has been dedicated to improving conditions for students who struggle to live and learn in traditional settings. She sees the innate spark of genius in them and moves mountains to help educators, parents, health professionals, and social service providers transform personal and systemic practices that perpetuate trauma and underperformance.

Dr. Niki has taught students from elementary through post-graduate education and considers herself to be a holistic educator who acknowledges that we bring whole minds, bodies, and spirits to the teaching and learning process. She believes in incorporating evidence-based mindfulness practices and other mind/body techniques in learning spaces. Dr. Niki coaches educators and parents to balance themselves and the energy they bring to children in order to establish the kinds of trusting relationships that are foundational to effective teaching and learning.

Currently, she serves as co-director of the Center for Neurodiversity, Learning, and Wellness and as a clinical professor in the LaFetra College of Education at the University of La Verne. There, she trains pre-service and in-service teachers to incorporate interpersonal neurobiology, breath work, yoga, mind/body techniques, and healing-centered engagement to support students who struggle with learning differences or the damaging impact of trauma.

Dr. Niki’s greatest talent lies in her ability to create transformative retreats, keynote speeches, and workshops for child-serving professionals and parents. Through the Mindful Leaders Project, she engages participants in self-reflection, professional development, and personal empowerment 

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