Melanie Harned Honored at Annual DBT Conference


Con­grat­u­la­tions to our Research Direc­tor Melanie Harned for receiv­ing the Research Award from the Inter­na­tional Soci­ety for the Improve­ment and Teach­ing of Dialec­ti­cal Behav­ior Ther­apy (ISITDBT)! The award rec­og­nizes out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to the field of Dialec­ti­cal Behav­ior Ther­apy by way of research and treat­ment devel­op­ment. She is rewarded for her work in devel­op­ing the DBT Pro­longed Expo­sure pro­to­col for indi­vid­u­als with PTSD. Con­grat­u­la­tions Melanie!

Former BRTC Graduate Student Now Assistant Professor

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Erin Ward-Ciesielski, Ph.D.for her recent appoint­ment as Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor at Hof­s­tra Uni­ver­sity! As a grad­u­ate stu­dent under Dr. Line­han, Erin com­pleted her clin­i­cal train­ing at the Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton from 2007–2014. You can see the announce­ment and learn more about the pro­gram here. 

Former BRTC Postdoctoral Fellow Now Full Professor!

We are excited to announce that Alexan­der Chap­man, Ph.D., post­doc­toral fel­low at the BRTC from 2003–2005, has been pro­moted to full Pro­fes­sor at Simon Fraser Uni­ver­sity. He is the direc­tor of the Per­son­al­ity and Emo­tion Research Lab (PERL) at Simon Fraser Uni­ver­sity, and also the direc­tor of the DBT Cen­ter of Van­cou­ver. Con­grat­u­la­tions Alex!

Chelsey Wilks Receives Grant (F31) from National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

BRTC grad­u­ate stu­dent Chelsey Wilks has received fund­ing to sup­port her while con­duct­ing her dis­ser­ta­tion research, titled “Com­put­er­ized DBT skills train­ing for sui­ci­dal and heavy episodic drinkers.” She is adapt­ing an exist­ing com­put­er­ized DBT skills inter­ven­tion with the goal of reduc­ing heavy drink­ing and sui­ci­dal thoughts by tar­get­ing emo­tion dys­reg­u­la­tion. Con­grat­u­la­tions Chelsey!

Marsha Linehan receives 2015 NAMI Scientific Research Award


Con­grat­u­la­tions to Mar­sha Line­han for being hon­ored the National Alliance on Men­tal Ill­ness Sci­en­tific Research Award! She is being rec­og­nized for her ded­i­ca­tion to the devel­op­ment and eval­u­a­tion of evidence-based treat­ments for high sui­cide risk, multi-diagnostic and dif­fi­cult to treat pop­u­la­tions.  The award hon­ors those who inspire hope through research. You can read more here.

Two New DBT studies

A new pilot study incor­po­rated DBT with cul­tural, tra­di­tional and spir­i­tual prac­tices for Amer­i­can Indian/Alaska Native ado­les­cents, show­ing sig­nif­i­cant improve­ments on out­comes. It is the first inves­ti­ga­tion using DBT with this pop­u­la­tion. The arti­cle can be found here. 

A case study of a patient with per­sis­tent dis­so­ci­a­tion, self injury, and sui­ci­dal­ity treated using the new pro­longed expo­sure treat­ment com­bined with DBT has been pub­lished by grad­u­ate stu­dent, Hol­lie Granato, with the help of other grad­u­ate stu­dents and BRTC staff mem­bers. The arti­cle can be found here.

Chelsey Wilks receives ADAI grant

Con­grat­u­la­tions to BRTC grad­u­ate stu­dent, Chelsey Wilks, MS, for receiv­ing the ADAI (Alco­hol and Drug Abuse Insti­tute) grant to fund her dis­ser­ta­tion, titled “Com­put­er­ized DBT skills train­ing for sui­ci­dal and heavy episodic drinkers”!