Behavioral Research & Therapy Clinics

Mission, Vision and Values


The BRTC develops and evaluates new treatments for difficult-to-treat individuals with severe and complex disorders of pervasive emotion dysregulation. The BRTC is particularly committed to developing effective treatments for those patients excluded from behavioral and medication clinical treatment trials due to high risk for suicide, the complexity of multiple co-occurring disorders and/or history of failure in previous clinical interventions.

The BRTC provides training at all levels to support both new and senior scientists to conduct research aimed at developing and evaluating treatments for these difficult-to-treat individuals. The BRTC is committed to working with undergraduate students to develop research interests and knowledge about working with difficult-to-treat patients, with graduate students and post-doctoral fellows to develop the clinical and research skills necessary for this work, and with senior scientists to provide support and encouragement in continuing to work with very difficult and high risk populations.


Our vision is to have compassionate and scientifically valid treatments for complex, severe and difficult-to-treat mental disorders developed, evaluated and made available for dissemination. Unfor­tu­nately, com­pet­ing psy­cho­log­i­cal and bio­log­i­cal the­o­ries, dog­mas, and agen­das have resulted in polar­iza­tion of views on the essen­tial char­ac­ter­is­tics, causes, and treat­ment of emo­tional and behav­ioral dis­or­ders, which has impeded rather than advanced our under­stand­ing of these dis­or­ders. How­ever, sci­en­tific progress and inno­va­tion is best facil­i­tated by an envi­ron­ment that encour­ages inter-disciplinary exchange and breaks down bar­ri­ers between dif­fer­ing approaches to the study of a prob­lem at hand.


  • Rig­or­ous and crit­i­cal think­ing
  • Pas­sion for truth
  • Devo­tion to data wher­ever it leads
  • Mind­ful­ness in the work envi­ron­ment
  • Will­ing­ness to share knowl­edge with prac­ti­tion­ers and with the next gen­er­a­tion of clin­i­cal researchers
  • Com­pas­sion for the indi­vid­u­als we are try­ing to help