Information on Conference Presenters 2016

Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., ABPP is a Professor of Psychology, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington and Director of the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics, a consortium of research projects developing new treatments and evaluating their efficacy for severely disordered and multi-diagnostic populations.  Her primary research is in the application of behavioral models to suicidal behaviors, drug abuse, and borderline personality disorder.  She is also working to develop effective models for transferring efficacious treatments from the research academy to the clinical community.

Dr. Linehan has received several awards recognizing her clinical and research contributions, including the Louis I. Dublin Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Field of Suicide and the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology, American Psychological Association, as well as awards for Distinguished Research in Suicide (American Foundation of Suicide Prevention), Distinguished Contributions to the Practice of Psychology (American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology), Distinguished Contributions for Clinical Activities, (Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy), Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Clinical Psychology (Society of Clinical Psychology) and Lifetime Achievement Award (Clinical Emergencies and Crises Section, American Psychological Association).  She is the past-president of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, fellow and president-elect of the Society of Clinical Psychology, American Psychological Association, a fellow of the American Psychopathological Association and a diplomat of the American Board of Behavioral Psychology.

The treatment she has developed combines the technology of change derived from behavioral science with the radical acceptance, or “technology of acceptance,” derived from both eastern zen practices and western contemplative spirituality.  The practice of mindfulness, willingness, and radical acceptance form an important part of her treatment approach.

She has written three books, including two treatment manuals: Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder and Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder. She serves on a number of editorial boards, and has published extensively in scientific journals.

She is founder of Marie Institute of Behavioral Technology, a non-profit organization that owns the company she founded, Behavioral Tech LLC, a behavioral technology transfer group.  With them she is actively involved in developing effective models for transferring efficacious treatments from the research academy to the clinical community.

Denise D. Ben-Porath, Ph.D., earned her doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Kent State University. She is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio where she teaches courses at the graduate and undergraduate level. Dr. Ben-Porath has over 20 years of experience using DBT with difficult-to-treat, multi-disordered individuals. Her experience of applying DBT to various treatment settings extends to university counseling centers, day treatment programs, inpatient units, correctional settings, community mental health centers, and private practice settings. She has presented both nationally and internationally on DBT treatments and has published approximately 20 research papers on DBT and its application to individuals with borderline personality disorder as well as those with eating disorders.  She maintains a small private practice in Cleveland, OH.

Michele S. Berk, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Berk is an expert on the treatment of suicidal adolescents.  She joined the faculty at Stanford in September, 2015. Prior to that, she was Associate Clinical Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She created and was the director of the Adolescent Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center from 2006-2015.  She is currently one of the Principal Investigators of an NIMH-funded, a multi-site, clinical trial of DBT with adolescents called the “Collaborative Adolescent Research on Emotions and Suicide (CARES) Study.” In 2012, she was given the Young Investigator Award from the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.  She has multiple publications on the treatment of individuals who have attempted suicide and has given numerous national and local presentations on this topic. She has also trained numerous trainees in psychology, psychiatry and social work as well as employees of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health in in suicide assessment, suicide risk management and

Tina Goldstein, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and Associate Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry with a research focus on understanding the course and treatment of early-onset mood disorders and suicidality, in particular bipolar disorder. She has ample experience examining the etiology, assessment, and treatment of pediatric affective disorders and suicidality; the conduct of treatment-development and outcome research; and scientific management, training and mentorship. As Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator on multiple NIH- and foundation-funded grants, she has contributed to the literature on identification of risk factors for youth suicidality and course of pediatric bipolar disorder. Based on these data, she has developed and is testing the efficacy, cost effectiveness and biological mechanisms underlying psychosocial treatment response among youth with, and at-risk for, bipolar disorder and suicidality.

Marianne Goodman, M.D. has been a full time VA clinical research physician at the James J Peters VA (JJPVA) for seventeen years, director and developer of the JJPVA Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) clinical and research program since 2002, with expertise in the management of high risk suicidal and emotionally dysregulated Veterans, borderline personality disorder and delivery of dialectical behavioral therapy. She is considered one of the foremost DBT experts in the VA system, actively involved in clinical care, research and education. Additionally, she has been the recipient of two prestigious awards for her involvement in DBT including in 2009, the New York Federal Executive Employee Outstanding Individual Achievement Award for her Clinical DBT Program for Suicidal Veterans and in 2012, and the VISN 3 Network Director’s Achievement Award for Training VISN 3 Clinicians in DBT.  Additionally, she is an experienced clinical researcher with multiple funded studies examining the biology and treatment of dysregulated emotion including treatment of anger and aggression in personality disorders (VA Advanced Career Development Award, 2006-2009), treatment of suicidality in Veterans, (PI on a large 5-year Dept. of Defense funded randomized clinical trial of DBT in high-risk suicidal Veterans, 2009-2014);  novel approaches to diminishing adolescent suicide risk with safety planning mobile Applications delivered to suicidal adolescents presenting to the emergency room (ER) (2014-2015) and currently the PI on a VA SPiRE for the development of a treatment intervention for high risk suicidal Veterans combining skills training with suicide safety planning.  She was also a co-PI on a second DoD currently funded study examining affective startle as a potential biomarker for assessing suicide risk and co-I on a newly funded MERIT to examine longitudinal epigenetic changes in suicidal Veterans.
She is also the Associate Education Director in the Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 3  Mental Illness, Research, Education, Clinical Center (MIRECC) and have access to the resources and support of the VISN 3 MIRECC.

Melanie S. Harned, Ph.D., ABPP, received her PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She completed predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School, a clinical postdoctoral fellowship at Two Brattle Center, and a postdoctoral fellowship under the direction of Dr. Marsha Linehan at the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics at the University of Washington. Dr. Harned currently works as a Research Scientist in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington and is the Research Director of Dr. Linehan’s clinic. Since 2005, she has been Co-Investigator with Dr. Linehan on her NIMH- and NIDA-funded research as well as Principal Investigator on her own NIMH-funded research focused on the development and evaluation of a protocol to treat PTSD during DBT. Dr. Harned also currently works as the Director of Research and Development for Behavioral Tech, LLC as well as the Director of Behavioral Tech Research Inc. In these positions she develops and evaluates methods of disseminating and implementing evidence-based treatments into clinical practice. Dr. Harned has published numerous journal articles and book chapters and she regularly lectures and leads trainings both nationally and internationally. She is licensed as a psychologist in the state of Washington.

Cedar Koons, L.C.S.W. gives trainings and consultations on Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and provides telehealth services and mindfulness retreats for DBT clinicians. She cofounded Santa Fe DBT, LLC, and outpatient comprehensive DBT program for adults and adolescents, in 1998 and was the team leader from 1998 until 2016. She remains involved with SFDBT as the lead supervisor for the social work fellowship she founded in 2012. A senior trainer for Behavioral Tech of Seattle, Koons has conducted DBT trainings, intensives and consultations all over the United States and in Australia and Japan since 1996. While in private practice, Ms. Koons also developed an adaptation of DBT for the vocational rehabilitation of persons with severe personality disorder and conducted a pilot study of the treatment. She is certified by the Linehan Board of Certification.

Ms. Koons was director of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy program at the
Women Veterans Comprehensive Health Center at the Durham VA Medical Center. In that capacity, Ms. Koons conducted a randomized, controlled study of DBT as compared to usual treatment for women veterans with borderline personality disorder and also started at DBT elective for psychiatry residents at Duke University Medical Center. Ms. Koons was the first president of the Marie Institute, now Linehan Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing access to training in treatments of demonstrated efficacy for clinicians treating severely personality disordered persons. She has published research, articles, poetry and a blog on mindfulness. Her book, The Mindfulness Solution for Intense Emotions, was published by New Harbinger in 2016. She lives in Dixon,

Jacqueline Pistorello, Ph.D. is a research faculty at Counseling Services at University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), where she has worked with college students for almost twenty years.  She specializes in the adaptation of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to the prevention and treatment of mental health problems among college students. She has received several grants from the National Institutes of Health to carry out research in this area.

Deanna Walsh-Bender, M.S.Ed., L.M.S.W., is a seasoned child, adolescent, and young adult therapist, special education consultant, disability advocate, and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) specialist. She has extensive experience providing services to individuals challenged by various neurological, emotional, and behavioral disorders, their families who love them, the professionals who treat them, and the community at large. Through her teaching and private practice entitled CAPES: Child Advocacy & Parent Empowerment Services, Deanna has served the educational and mental health community for over 20 years and feels as passionately about our youths’ quality of care today, as she did when she began her career as a special education teacher. Additionally, Deanna engages in the ongoing development and implementation of a comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program approach for adolescents and young adults with high functioning autism spectrum disorder and related conditions entitled DBT-A+. As the clinical lead of the DBT-A+ consultation team, she strives to maintain fidelity to the treatment model while continuously creating adaptations for the ASD+ population. Lastly, Deanna conducts presentations for professional groups, agencies, schools and the general population on ASD, treatment modalities, and disability advocacy from both a therapeutic and educational viewpoint.

Catherine Faith Kappenberg, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.-R, is the Director of the Long Island Early Childhood Direction Center at The Center for Community Inclusion, Long Island University at CW Post. Her extensive experience spans child development, social work education, special education, childbirth counseling, psychotherapy, behavioral assessment, and transition planning. Dr. Kappenberg’s doctoral research was in cognitive behavior therapies for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and for 30 years, she has provided staff development and parent training in these areas. She is also a co-founder of the Westbrook Preparatory School, a therapeutic school for students with autism and related learning disabilities. Dr. Kappenberg is frequently sought by special education and mental health professionals alike for her expertise in leading teams and guiding strengths-based, collaborative programs towards fostering skill-based solutions for children with disabilities.

Becky Lois, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical and school psychologist who specializes in cognitive behavior therapy and dialectical behavior therapy. Dr. Lois is the Director of Psychology at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital of NYU Langone Medical Center, where she leads a multi-disciplinary team in building pediatric integrated behavioral health initiatives for youth and families coping with chronic medical conditions. She is also Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at NYU and provides teaching and supervision to mental health professionals and medical residents in training.

Dr. Lois earned her B.A. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and her doctoral degree in clinical and school psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where she was trained by Dr. Alec Miller in dialectical behavior therapy. Dr. Lois has co-authored papers and book chapters about anxiety in children, DBT with multi-problem adolescents, and non-adherence among youth diagnosed with chronic medical illness.

Meaghan McCallum, Ph.D. is a postdoctoral research fellow in Rhode Island. She has had clinical experience treating adolescents with depression, anxiety, and/or emotion dysregulation.  Her research interests fit within the broad umbrella of developmental psychopathology and the mechanisms by which risk for psychopathology is transmitted intergenerationally.

Kelly Koerner, Ph.D., is Creative Director and CEO of the Evidence-Based Practice Institute, where she explores how technology can scale learning and collaboration so practitioners get better clinical outcomes. She is a clinical psychologist and an expert clinician, clinical supervisor and trainer in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington and has specialized training in a number of evidence based treatments. She has served as: Director of Training for Marsha Linehan’s research investigating the efficacy of DBT for suicidal and drug abusing individuals with borderline personality disorder; Creative Director at Behavioral Tech Research where she developed e-learning and other technology based methods to disseminate evidence-based practices; and co-founder and first CEO of Behavioral Tech, a company that provides training in DBT.

Francheska Perepletchikova, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Perepletchikova received her B.A. in Psychology from St. John’s University, M.A. in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Yale University. Her research focuses on childhood psychopathology, psychotherapy development, and evaluation of treatment integrity in treatment outcome research.

Dr. Perepletchikova has a long-standing interest in emotion regulation difficulties in children, trauma-related psychopathology, depressive and anxiety problems, pediatric suicidality and self-harm behaviors. Specifically, her prior research focused on the examination of parenting practices related to behavior problems in children and adolescents.

Dr. Perepletchikova is currently examining efficacy of Dialectical Behavior Therapy adapted for pre-adolescent children with Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder. Further, she has been evaluating efficacy of this intervention for children with severe emotional and behavioral dysregulation in residential care. This line of research has been funded by the NRSA/NIMH Research Fellowship in Functional Disabilities Interventions, NIMH Path to Independence Career Development Award and a grant from the Green Chimneys Residential Treatment Center.

Joel Sherrill, Ph.D. is the Deputy Director of the Division of Services and Intervention Research at the National Institute of Mental Health.  The Division supports intervention science to test the effectiveness of preventive and therapeutic interventions that could substantially improve mental health outcomes in real world settings and mental health services research to improve access, quality, outcomes, and value of care provided to diverse populations in multiple settings.  Dr. Sherrill completed his graduate training in clinical psychology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.  Prior to joining the NIMH, he was a member of the research faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine / Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.  Dr. Sherrill’s primary research interests include developmental psychopathology and the development and empirical evaluation of psychosocial interventions; his main focus has been on the long-term course and treatment of affective disorders.

Charlie Swenson, MD, graduated from Harvard College and Yale Medical School. He joined the faculty of Cornell University Medical College in 1982, where for five years he directed a long-term psychoanalytically-oriented inpatient program for patients with personality disorders. Beginning in 1987, Dr. Swenson developed and directed inpatient, outpatient, and day treatment programs for borderline patients based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Twice he was voted Teacher of the Year by the psychiatric residents (1990, 1993). While at Cornell, he served as a DBT trainer and consultant throughout the United States and Europe, coordinating statewide implementation of DBT in the public sectors of Illinois, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and the Canadian province of New Brunswick. Dr. Swenson has published widely on the treatment of borderline patients, including one article comparing Kernberg’s psychoanalytic approach to DBT (1989), one article describing the inpatient application of DBT (2001), one article identifying the factors leading to DBT’s popularity (2001), and one article identifying the barriers and strategies for implementing DBT in community mental health centers (2002). During 1996 he served as the Coordinator of Clinical Training in DBT. From 1997 to the present he was Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry for the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, and from 1997 to 2001 he served as Area Medical Director for the Western Massachusetts Area of the Department of Mental Health.

Shireen Rizvi, Ph.D., received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Washington. She studied borderline personality disorder and DBT for more than five years under the mentorship of Dr. Linehan and worked as a research therapist in Dr. Linehan’s research lab, providing individual psychotherapy and skills training. Her dissertation research focused on the use of the DBT skill of “opposite action” to treat shame. She completed her predoctoral clinical internship at the Boston Consortium in Clinical Psychology and an NIMH postdoctoral fellowship at the National Center for PTSD at the Boston VA Healthcare System. Following her fellowship, Dr. Rizvi was Assistant Professor of Psychology at the New School for Social Research in New York City. Beginning in 2009, Dr. Rizvi is Assistant Professor of Psychology at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) at Rutgers University. Dr. Rizvi has written and presented numerous theoretical and research papers on BPD, DBT, and trauma. Her areas of research and clinical expertise include shame, treatment development, trauma, and development of mobile technology applications to aid in skills generalization. With colleagues at Behavioral Tech Research, she has received grant support from the National Institute of Drug Abuse to develop a prototype for a DBT skills coaching program to be used on smartphones.

Pedro Vieira de Oliveira, Psy.M., is a Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student at the Rutgers University Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hofstra University. During his four years at Rutgers University, Pedro was continuously involved in a DBT clinic where he studied DBT, provided individual therapy, and led skills groups under the direct supervision of Dr. Rizvi. In addition, he participated in Dr. Rizvi’s research lab where he assisted his fellow students in the completion of several BPD related research studies and completed his dissertation. His dissertation focused on exploring the frequency and type of phone coaching contacts that DBT therapists receive and investigated several predictors of phone coaching. Pedro is currently an officer in the Air Force completing his internship at the Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center. His areas of interest include BPD, PTSD, and mindfulness based interventions. He is currently working on publishing his dissertation and co-authoring a study on the effectiveness of delivering DBT in a training clinic.

*Faculty Disclosure Statement: Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., ABPP is the treatment developer of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She receives licensing fees for Behavioral Tech’s and ISITDBT’s use of her materials for this training.Kelly Koerner, Ph.D., Charlie Swenson, M.D., Shireen Rizvi, Ph.D. are not affiliated with nor have any significant financial interest in any organization(s) that may have a direct interest in the subject matter of the presentation or may be co-sponsoring or offering financial support to the course.