Information about the Conference Presenters 2013

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.

Alan E. Fruzzetti, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Research Program at the University of Nevada, Reno.  He received his B.A. from Brown University and M.S. & Ph.D. from the University of Washington in Seattle. His research focuses on the interplay between severe psychopathology and interpersonal processes (including couple and family interactions and therapist-client interactions, and their interplay with emotion dysregulation) and the development and evaluation of effective individual and family treatments for these problems.  Dr. Fruzzetti is Research Director and a Member of the Board of Directors of the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder and member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for the Investigation and Teaching of DBT, and was honored as the “Psychologist of the Year” in Nevada in 2010.  He has authored or co-authored more than 85 research and clinical papers and book chapters, and two books, and is the co-creator of the NEA-BPD Family Connections program, for parents, partners, and other loved ones of people with BPD. In addition to maintaining an active, pro-bono clinical practice, Dr. Fruzzetti has created multiple DBT applications for individuals, couples, parents, and families and has provided extensive training in the United States, Europe, New Zealand and Australia in DBT, behavior therapy, and family interventions.

Laura Meyers, PhD, ABPP is the coordinator for the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) treatment team at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System and co-leads the DBT training didactic.  She began the DBTPE Journeys program in 2012, a 12-week intensive outpatient program (with lodging) for the treatment of co-morbid PTSD and Borderline Personality Disorder, which treats veterans nationally.  She received her PhD in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina in 2006, where she received 2 ½ years of DBT training and supervision.  She interned at the Bay Pines VAHCS and completed her postdoctoral program in Serious Mental Illness and Health Psychology at the Minneapolis VAHCS.  She attended the Behavioral Tech DBT 2-week intensive training in 2007-2008.  From 2007-2012, she worked in Primary Care Mental Health Integration at the Minneapolis VA, co-led the DBT program, conducted multiple DBT trainings and consultations at other VAs, was the Evidenced Based Psychotherapy Coordinator, and a VA national Prolonged Exposure (PE) consultant.  She is also board certified in clinical psychology.

Shelley McMain, Ph.D., CPsych, is a researcher, clinician and educator. She currently holds the positions of Head of the Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Clinic, as well as Head of Personality Disorder Capacity Building and Research in the CAT’s and Women’s program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.  She has been awarded research funding from various agencies including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Ontario Mental Health Foundation. She is the recipient of a number of teaching and research awards and in 2010 was awarded the Distinguished Research Award by the European Society for the Study of Personality Disorders, the Research Award from the International Society for the Improvement and Teaching of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and the Scientific Paper Prize from the American Psychoanalytic Association. Dr. McMain has delivered numerous presentations and workshops on DBT in Canada and internationally.

Alec L. Miller, Psy.D, is Co-Founder of Cognitive and Behavioral Consultants of Westchester, LLP, a private group practice based in White Plains, NY. He is also Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychology, Director of the Adolescent Depression and Suicide Program, Director of Clinical Services at PS 8 School-Based Mental Health Program, and Associate Director of the Psychology Internship Training Program at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY. Dr. Miller is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Divisions 12 and 53), Past-President of Division 12’s Section on Clinical Emergencies and Crises, 2007 APA Division 12 Program Chair, past Chair of the International Society for the Improvement and Training of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (ISITDBT), and recipient of the Service Award from ISITDBT. He is an invited member of the International Academy for Suicide Research, a consultant on the FDA’s Suicide Classification Project, and past Associate Editor of Cognitive and Behavioral Practice. Dr. Miller received his BA from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor before earning his doctorate in clinical psychology from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology of Yeshiva University in Bronx, NY. He has become internationally known in the areas of adolescent depression and suicidology, non-suicidal self-injury, borderline personality disorder, and DBT. Since 1995, Dr. Miller has directed a clinical-research team adapting DBT for outpatient suicidal multi-problem adolescents, as well as contributing to the adaptation of DBT for other populations and settings. He has received federal, state, and private funding for his research. He has authored over 60 journal articles and book chapters as well as two books, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Suicidal Adolescents (2007) and Childhood Maltreatment (2006). Upon invitation by the American Psychological Association, Dr. Miller developed a psychotherapy training video titled, DBT for Multi-Problem Adolescents (2007). Dr. Miller became a DBT trainer in 1997 and has conducted over 300 lectures and workshops around the world. He is currently the lead trainer and supervisor for the first randomized trial of adolescent DBT which is being conducted in Oslo, Norway. As a clinician, Dr. Miller maintains a private practice in White Plains, NY, and is highly sought after as a practitioner of CBT and DBT with adolescents and adults. His clinical expertise has been highlighted by various popular media outlets such as the New York Times, CNN, CBS TV, Teen People Magazine, and Redbook.

Jill H. Rathus, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at Long Island University/CW Post Campus in Brookville, New York, and Co-Director of the Family Violence Program at CW Post. Dr. Rathus received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University, completed her clinical internship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY, and received her PhD from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Her primary areas of clinical and research focus are Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Relationship Distress, and Domestic Violence. She has developed and conducted programs in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for adolescents and adults as well as males referred for intimate partner violence, and received foundation and university funding to study and adapt DBT. She co-authored the primary text on adolescent DBT (DBT with Suicidal Adolescents, Guilford Press) and co-developed a new DBT skills module, Walking the Middle Path. She has also co-developed a DBT-informed treatment for youth exposed to trauma (Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress [SPARCS]), an approach now being evaluated widely. She serves as reviewer to several psychology journals, consults on treatment development, participates on National Institute of Mental Health grant review committees, and trains mental health professionals in DBT and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has published dozens of peer-reviewed articles and chapters, most recently on DBT, adolescent suicidality, marital distress, and domestic violence. In addition to her book on DBT, she has published Marital Distress: Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Couples (Jason Aronson); Assessment of Family Violence: A Handbook for Researchers and Practitioners (APA Press); Assessment of Partner Violence: A Handbook for Researchers and Practitioners (APA Press). Finally, she maintains a private practice in Great Neck where she directs the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program.

Laurence Katz, MD is a child and adolescent psychiatrist, is a leading expert in the use of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) (a short-term evidence-based psychotherapy for suicidal behaviour) with suicidal adolescents. He is the only Canadian DBT trainer affiliated with Behavioural Tech LLC in Seattle, Washington [] and has previously worked with Drs. Cox and Miller (New York) to evaluate the feasibility of using DBT on an inpatient unit.  Using his specific skills in DBT training, Dr. Katz will lead the adaptation of DBT to be culturally-grounded for First Nations populations and will train Swampy Cree Tribal Council mental health workers to provide DBT in their own communities.

Lorie Ritschel, Ph.D. received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Kansas in 2006. She completed her predoctoral internship and one year of postdoctoral fellowship at Duke University Medical Center under the direction of Drs. Thomas Lynch and Clive Robins. She completed an additional postdoctoral fellowship in adolescent mental health at Emory University School of Medicine under the direction of Dr. W. Edward Craighead. She joined the faculty at Emory in 2008 and started the DBT program for adolescents and young adults at Emory’s Child and Adolescent Mood Program (CAMP). Dr. Ritschel specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and emotion dysregulation in adolescents and adults using Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Behavioral Activation (BA). From a research perspective, she is particularly interested in treatment outcomes research and in non-suicidal self-injury (e.g., cutting) as an emotion regulation strategy.

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.

Rhea Holler, Psy.D. is a licensed staff psychologist at CBT California and Director of the DBT-ACES program at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. She was intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) while completing a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Harbor-UCLA Adult Outpatient Clinic in Torrance, California. She continues to provide DBT treatment to adult clients in both private practice and public mental health settings throughout Los Angeles County.  Dr. Holler currently trains nurses, social workers, psychiatrists, and psychologists in empirically-based treatment methods, including DBT and other Cognitive Behavior Therapies. She was also appointed adjunct faculty at the Azusa Pacific University Department of Graduate Psychology, teaching doctoral students the most current evidence-based therapy methods. Her research interests include improving work outcomes for DBT participants utilizing the DBT-ACES approach, improving professional quality of life for public mental health providers, and providing effective clinical trainings in public sector settings.

Adam Carmel, Ph.D. is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington, where he is currently the coordinator and instructor of the University of Washington DBT Resident Training Program. He completed a pre-doctoral internship at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Carmel served as a research associate at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center and the San Francisco VA Medical Center, and conducted a system wide evaluation of DBT within the San Francisco Department of Public Health as part of his dissertation research. His research interests include suicide prevention, implementing evidence-based practices in public sector settings, and improving outcomes for high utilizers of behavioral health services.

Helen Best, M.S.Ed. is the President and Co-founder of the Treatment Implementation Collaborative, LLC based in Seattle, WA.  She has worked with mental health systems of care for 15 years with a strong track record of supporting small and large scale evidenced based practice implementation initiatives.  Drawing on her Masters in Adult Education and Training, she has extensive experience developing training and implementation plans for mental health agencies, treatment teams, county, state, and national governments, and with private for and nonprofit organizations. She has worked extensively in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. She is well versed in system assessment, contracting in both private and public settings, culture transformation, team formation, training plans and ongoing sustainability for evidence based practices. She spent fourteen years supporting the dissemination of Dialectical Behavior Therapy as executive management at Behavioral Tech, LLC with the primary focus of developing Dialectical Behavior Therapy within agency settings.  Helen project managed the largest Dialectical Behavior Therapy implementation projects to date with state wide initiatives in MI, CT, NY, and the province of British Columbia, as well as national initiatives in New Zealand and Norway. She has supported thousands of clinicians and teams with the implementation of treatment within their practice settings.  She grew up internationally, living in Africa, Asia, Europe and the United States.  She works tirelessly to support executive, clinical, program and unit level management and front line custodial, case management, and paraprofessional staff alike. Helen’s focus is always to achieve that fine balance between flexibility, adaptability and a rigorous adherence to relevant data.

Nancy McDonald, MS, CAC, LPC is the Director of Quality Management for Chester County Department of Human Services.  She was a clinical supervisor for a large not for profit MH/DA agency for ten years and became their Regional Director for the next 10 years. She has been with the county for 13 years and has led and coordinated numerous evidence based practice implementation initiatives balancing constraints and goals of the payers – County and their Managed Care Company (MCO), along with consumer and provider Agency organization needs.  In her role with Chester County Nancy collected a team that has successfully implemented four evidence based practices in the last six years – 2 DBT, TF-CBT, TREM….and currently working on Parent Child Interactive Therapy. As the Director of Quality Management with the County, Nancy has project managed the implementation of these practices which requires the coordination of the nuance of each agency’s  structure and expertise, the clinician’s motivation for skill development, the MCO’s requirements, combined with the requirements and structure of the EBPs rollout requirements and implementation plan. By using data, incentives and quality oversight (provider organizations, clinicians, and clinical outcomes), the County and the MCO have found a formula for sustainability.

Shari Manning, Ph.D. is the Chief Executive Officer and one of the three founders of TIC. She is the former President/CEO of Behavioral Tech, LLC and Behavioral Tech Research, Inc, two companies that provide training, consultation and research in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. She is also the founder of the South Carolina Center for Dialectical Behavior Therapy (now the SC Center for DBT, LLC), a private practice that offers standard outpatient and intensive DBT treatment for adults and adolescents. She has supervised therapists at the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics at the University of Washington and the University of South Carolina as well as training and supervising therapists and programs at the SC Department of Mental Health and SC Department of Corrections. Dr. Manning consults extensively to state and private mental health programs, domestically and internationally, at all levels of client care, including forensic and criminal justice settings. Her research includes investigations of the efficacy of DBT with incarcerated women with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and with adult women with co-morbid BPD and eating disorders. Dr. Manning has written several published chapters and articles on DBT and its implementation and her book for family members, Loving Someone with Borderline Personality Disorder: How to Keep Out-of-Control Emotions from Destroying Your Relationship.

Kathryn E. Korslund, Ph.D., ABPP, received her undergraduate degrees from the University of Washington and her doctoral degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania at Hahnemann University. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship under the direction of Dr. Marsha Linehan at the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics at the University of Washington. Presently, she is a Research Scientist in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington and the Associate Director of the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics. She is a Co-Investigator with Dr. Linehan on her NIMH and NIDA funded research. Dr. Korslund has written book chapters and journal articles on treatment of borderline personality disorder and suicidal behavior and has served as a content editor for a videotape series on behavioral skills. Her clinical experience with DBT focuses on treatment and consultation for adult populations and those with psychotic disorders. She has given several presentations and workshops on DBT in the greater Pacific Northwest.

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.

Jennifer Sayrs, Ph.D., ABPP, received her BS at theUniversity of Washington and her PhD at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she studied Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and behavioral theory. She then served as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Marsha Linehan at the University of Washington, where she was clinical coordinator of Dr. Linehan’s DBT research clinic. She has served as a research therapist on three DBT clinical trials and as DBT adherence coder on two trials. She is a trainer for Behavioral Tech, providing a wide range of DBT workshops in the US, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia. She provides DBT to adults, adolescents, and couples. She also has extensive training and experience in treating anxiety disorders (including generalized anxiety disorder, social phobia, panic disorder, and PTSD), depression, substance dependence, body dysmorphic disorder, and body-focused repetitive disorders (trichotillomania and skin-picking). Dr. Sayrs is a founding member of the Evidence Based Treatment Centers of Seattle, where she spent seven years as Director of Clinical Training. She is now Director of the DBT Center of Seattle, as well as a therapist for the Anxiety and Stress Reduction Center of Seattle. Her research focuses on the effectiveness of evidence-based treatments in a clinic setting. Dr. Sayrs is licensed as a psychologist in the state of Washington.

*Faculty Disclosure Statement: Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., ABPP is the treatment developer of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Her research clinic receives licensing fees for Behavioral Tech’s and ISITDBT’s use of her materials for this training. In addition, Dr. Linehan’s company (Behavioral Tech Research) owns the online training courses distributed by Behavioral Tech and Dr. Linehan receives royalty fees for use of the content she wrote for these products. She also receives royalties for her two books on DBT and her research on DBT is funded by the federal government. Laurence Katz, M.D. is a volunteer member of the Behavioral Tech Continuing Education Working Group (CEWG). Dr. Katz does not receive compensation for participation in this planning committee. Shelley McMain, Ph.D., C.Psych, Laura Meyers, Ph.D., ABPP, Alan Fruzzetti, Ph.D., Charlie Swenson, M.D., Lorie Ritschel, Ph.D., Alec Miller, Psy.D., Jill Rathus, Ph.D., Nancy McDonald, MS, CAC, LPC, Helen Best, M.S.Ed., Shari Manning, Ph.D., Rhea Holler, Psy.D., Adam Carmel, Ph.D., Kathryn E. Korslund, Ph.D., ABPP, Shireen Rizvi, Ph.D., and Jennifer Sayrs, Ph.D., ABPP do not have any significant financial interest in the material presented, ISITDBT, or Behavioral Tech, LLC, the sponsor of continuing education for this event.