Wood structures around the world are becoming larger and their environmental impacts are more important than ever. The use and popularity of mass timber products for constructing low and mid-rise buildings are growing worldwide because of their high strength-to-weight ratio and low embodied energy. Cross-laminated timber (CLT) is currently one of the dominant structural mass timber products and is made of dimension 2x lumber, face-glued in alternating grain directions to create a high strength, lightweight, value-added, wood composite panel capable of carrying load in all directions. Testing has shown that CLT is well-suited for structures in high seismic zones. However, significant gaps in connection research exist for CLT, and the advent of tall-wood buildings necessitates the development of CLT shear wall connections for increased seismic structural resiliency in performance-based design projects. The goal of the presented research is to provide a connection solution for CLT shear (rocking) walls that is stiff, strong, and can reliably dissipate energy while protecting the structure from damage. Friction connections have been successfully used in steel and concrete buildings, however, their use in CLT buildings is novel and there is a gap in experimental research. Slip-friction connections (SFCs) using self-tapping screws (STS) as the wood-to-steel connections were designed and tested at the component level to investigate wood-steel friction effects induced by the STS, wood failure modes, and the response of SFCs attached to CLT. Follow-up testing included single, full-scale CLT shear (rocking) walls with and without centered restoring forces applied to the panel bottoms. The SFC itself uses disk springs, brass shims, steel slotted plates, and calibrated normal forces to produce specified slip forces to prevent damage to the wall. Both displacement-controlled, monotonic and cyclic loading protocols were used to reach specified drifts for the wall tests. Data were then analyzed to produce an elastic-plastic connection model for use in structural analyses. Models were then analyzed to verify force control and residual drift minimization provided by the SFCs. Research conclusions and applications for CLT shear walls with SFCs will be discussed.