DBT Comprehensive Instructor Biographies

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DBT Comprehensive Online Course –

DBT Foundational; DBT Intensive; & DBT Intensive Plus

Information about the Instructors

Anthony P. DuBose, PsyD
is the Chief Training Executive & Director of CE/CME for Behavioral Tech, LLC, and a Founding Member and Advisory Board Member of the Evidence Based Treatment Centers of Seattle, PLLC. Dr. DuBose has trained and consulted    internationally in the treatment of borderline personality disorder, substance use disorders, and suicidal and self‐injurious behaviors in adults and adolescents. He collaborates with Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., ABPP, and other researchers on the study of DBT, particularly related to its dissemination and implementation. He has been licensed as a psychologist by the state of Washington since January 1998.

Vibh Forsythe Cox, PhD
, is a Training & Development Specialist at Behavioral Tech. In this role she works to advance the development, improvement, and provision of Behavioral Tech’s training and consulting services. Dr. Forsythe Cox is also a Licensed Clinical Psychologist at Cadence Child and Adolescent therapy, a DBT‐Linehan Board certified DBT program in Kirkland, Washington. There, she provides DBT and other evidence‐based treatments for teens and adults with emotion regulation difficulties. Dr. Forsythe Cox earned   her PhD in Clinical Psychology at The Ohio State University, where her research focused on characteristics of Borderline Personality   Disorder and interpersonal emotion regulation. During her time at the Ohio State University, Dr. Forsythe Cox participated in a year of specialized training in DBT, and the following year assisted the supervisor of the DBT Practicum program by providing supervision and consultation to new trainees. She was also the 2012 recipient of the Psychology Department’s Meritorious Teaching Award. Dr. Forsythe Cox has experience providing DBT in a variety of settings, including university‐based research, inpatient and outpatient hospitals, forensics, and private practice facilities. She is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychology at the University of   Washington, where she provides individual and group supervision to doctoral psychology students in the Behavioral Research and   Therapy Clinics (BRTC). Dr. Forsythe Cox is licensed as a Psychologist in the state of Washington.

André Ivanoff, PhD
, is Professor at Columbia University in the City of New York where she directs the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Training Program and Lab and teaches in the School of Social Work. Since 2011 she has served as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the nonprofit Linehan Institute.  The Linehan Institute’s mission is the dissemination and implementation of DBT.  She also serves as the President of Behavioral Tech, the training company founded by Marsha Linehan. She is former Chair of the Columbia University Social & Behavioral Institutional Review Board (Human Subjects’ Protections) Her research and clinical interests include the training of DBT in academic and post-graduate settings across mental health disciplines, development of DBT skills-based suicide & crisis prevention methods, and the general application of DBT to the problems of those involved in the criminal justice system. She has authored over 70 publications on suicidal behaviors, DBT, and behavior change methods, and trains internationally and nationally with outpatient, inpatient and correctional/forensic systems implementing DBT.

Sara Schmidt, PhD
is a Research Scientist, Trainer, and Consultant at Behavioral Tech, LLC, where she assists in developing training content, methods, and customized implementation plans. Concurrently, she is a Research Scientist and Clinical Instructor at the University of Washington’s Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics (BRTC), where she collaborates with Dr. Melanie Harned on NIMH‐funded  research measuring implementation and effectiveness of the DBT Prolonged Exposure (DBT PE) protocol in the Philadelphia Community   Behavioral Health system. She is also the Director of the BRTC’s graduate training program in DBT, and provides supervision and consultation in both DBT and DBT PE. Dr. Schmidt earned her BA in Psychology from Wesleyan University, and her MA and PhD in Clinical‐Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina. She completed her pre‐doctoral internship at Westchester Jewish   Community Services in Hartsdale, NY. Dr. Schmidt has experience providing DBT in a variety of settings, including community mental health, private practice, and residential facilities, and works with both adults and adolescents. She is a Certified DBT Clinician by the DBT‐Linehan Board of Certification and is licensed as a psychologist in the state of Washington.

Randy Wolbert LMSW, CAADC, CCS
, is a DBT trainer with Behavioral Tech.  Randy has been practicing DBT since 1995 and was a contractual trainer with BTECH since 1998 and transitioned to a full-time trainer/consultant in 2015. Randy trains and consults widely throughout the United States and Canada, assisting with several large scale public mental health system implementations.

Prior to joining Behavioral Tech full-time, Randy served as Clinical Director of InterAct of Michigan for 25 years, and had responsibility for the clinical and administrative oversite of Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), DBT, Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment and outpatient substance abuse. While learning and practicing DBT, he began independent mindfulness practice and later became a Zen student of Marsha Linehan. He has attended numerous Zen retreats. He also is engaged in further study of Zen with Greg Mayers, Rōshi, at Mercy Center of San Francisco. Randy has held mindfulness workshops teaching applications for personal and professional practice in University and clinical settings including Chile and Argentina. He has also lead several mindfulness retreats (Zen Sesshins). Randy was recognized by Willigis Jaeger as a Zen teacher in 2016 and was confirmed as a Zen teacher (Sensei) in 2018 by Marsha Linehan.  He has been granted permission to take Zen students, give Zen dharma talks, and lead Zen Sesshins. 206.675.8588

Emily Cooney, PhD
, is a clinical psychologist who has worked in the US, the UK, and New Zealand with children and adults in a range of inpatient and outpatient settings, with a particular focus on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She is co-director of the DBT and DBT for Substance Use Disorder teams for Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital’s Adult Intensive Outpatient Program.  Emily served as a research therapist on two trials of DBT under Dr Marsha Linehan at the University of Washington, and was the principal investigator on two DBT feasibility trials in New Zealand.  One compared DBT with treatment as usual for self-harming adolescents, and the other was a field trial of DBT skills training for men with anger-related problems.  In addition to providing training in DBT via Behavioral Tech and DBTNZ, she also provides DBT adherence coding for the Linehan Board of Certification.  Her research interests include treatment outcome evaluation, adaptations of dialectical behavior therapy, family processes in treatment, and factors affecting therapist burnout and resilience.

Marsha M. Linehan, PhD, ABPP
, the developer of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, is a Professor of Psychology and an adjunct Professor of   Psychiatry at the University of Washington. She is also the Director of the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics, where she conducts   research to develop and evaluate treatments for severe and complex mental disorders. She is the Founder of the Linehan Institute, Behavioral Tech, LLC, and Behavioral Tech Research. She has played a major role in the consultation, supervision, and training of mental health professionals around the world. DBT was celebrated by TIME in the book 100 New Scientific Discoveries. In 2016, the Association   for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies honored Dr. Linehan with a Career/Lifetime Achievement award.

Jennifer Sayrs, PhD, ABPP,
received her Bachelor’s degree at the University 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 the clinical coordinator for Dr. Linehan’s DBT research clinic. She has served as a research therapist on three DBT clinical trials and as DBT adherence coder on several trials. Dr. Sayrs is a trainer for Behavioral Tech, providing a wide range of DBT workshops in the US, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia. She recently began providing training in Radically Open DBT (RO‐DBT), a new form of DBT aimed at problems of over‐control, such as chronic depression.   She is also the Director of the DBT Center at EBTCS, where she provides DBT to adults, adolescents, and couples. Dr. Sayrs also has extensive training and experience in treating anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, social phobia, panic disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and obsessive‐compulsive disorder (OCD). She also treats depression, substance dependence, body dysmorphic disorder, and body‐focused repetitive disorders (hair pulling, skin‐picking). She is a graduate of the International OCD Foundation’s Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI). Dr. Sayrs is a founding member of EBTCS, where she spent seven years as Director of Training before transitioning to her role as Director of the DBT Center. Her research focuses on the effectiveness of evidence‐based treatments in a clinic setting. Dr. Sayrs is a board member and examiner for the American Board of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology, a specialty board of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). She is a licensed psychologist in the state of   Washington.

Adam Carmel, PhD
is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. He received specialized training in DBT while completing a predoctoral internship at Duke University and a postdoctoral   fellowship at the University of Washington. Following his training, Dr. Carmel joined the faculty at Harvard Medical School at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where he was the Director of an outpatient DBT clinic and a DBT partial hospitalization program at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center. While at Harvard, Dr. Carmel developed a seminar on evidence‐based psychotherapy for psychiatry residents, psychology interns, social workers and medical students. He received the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching   and Mentorship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry in 2016. Dr. Carmel conducts research on implementing evidence‐based treatments in public health systems, and training clinicians in the community to treat suicidal clients. He is a clinical faculty member in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington, where he provides supervision to doctoral psychology students learning DBT in the training clinic directed by Dr. Marsha Linehan. Dr. Carmel has a private practice in Seattle where he provides DBT and other evidence‐based treatments for individuals with emotion regulation difficulties, and a skills training program for their friends and family members. He is a licensed clinical psychologist in Washington and Massachusetts.

Dan Finnegan, LICSW
, is the Director of the DBT program at Cadence Child & Adolescent Therapy in Kirkland, WA. He provides comprehensive DBT to teens and families in addition to training post‐doctoral fellows in the DBT program. He is a Certified DBT Therapist and Cadence is a Certified DBT Program, both through the Linehan Board of Certification. Prior to this, Dan worked for the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration in Washington State for 17 years. He specialized on applying Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy to adolescent forensic settings in his roles as a trainer and program manager. Dan has worked on both the administrative and line level sides of development & implementation of evidence-based programs for the State of Washington. Dan has   been working with Dr. Marsha Linehan since 2000 at the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics (BRTC) as a volunteer with her  consultation team, research therapist on clinical trials for both individual DBT and skills group, adherence coder, and supervisor for DBT.  He completed his clinical practicum at the BRTC while obtaining his MSW at the University of Washington. Dan currently holds a Clinical Associate appointment at the University of Washington.

Gwen Abney-Cunningham, LMSW
, is the DBT Services Supervisor at InterAct of Michigan, Inc. Ms. Abney-Cunningham received her Bachelors degree from Hope College and her MSW from Grand Valley State University. She has 25 years of professional experience and is a member of one of the first teams in the U.S. to apply DBT within an ACT program. Ms. Abney-Cunningham is intensively trained in DBT and an experienced workshop leader at state and national conferences. Ms. Abney-Cunningham’s experience in DBT includes individual and skills training for adults, adolescents and families and providing DBT supervision to clinicians. In addition, she has assisted in the development and implementation of DBT on ACT teams and in outpatient settings. Gwen has been involved with the large scale implementations of DBT in Michigan for Community Mental Health settings. She has been a Behavioral Tech trainer for 14 years. Gwen has also has served on the Behavioral Tech Trainer Advisory Committee and is currently on the Behavioral Tech Implementation Science Workgroup.

Suzanne Witterholt, MD
, has worked for the Minnesota Department of Human Services since 1994. For over six years, she directed a DBT inpatient unit at the Anoka Metro Regional Treatment Center. Subsequently, she turned her attention to the development of the community’s capacity to effectively treat individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder and related conditions.

Since 2006, she has been working with treatment developer, Marsha Linehan, PhD; to implement DBT certification of clinicians and programs based on the evidenced-based fidelity standards of the model. Currently, she is on the Board of Directors of the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification.

Having consulted extensively in Minnesota and throughout the United States, she is actively involved in developing access to, teaching and implementation of DBT and other evidenced-based practices in the public mental health sector. In recognition of her work, she has been named a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

Clive Robins, PhD, ABPP
,  graduated with a BS in Experimental Psychology from the University of Sussex in England before coming to the United States to attend graduate school at Stanford University and the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he completed the PhD in Clinical Psychology. He has been on the faculties of New York University and Duke University, where he is now Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience.

Dr. Robins is board certified in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and is a Founding Fellow in the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. He has served as an Associate Editor and on the editorial boards of several scientific and professional journals, has published more than 80 articles and book chapters on depression, borderline personality disorder, and cognitive-behavioral and dialectical behavior therapies, and has been the recipient of research grant funding from the National Institute of Mental Health among others.

In 1993, Dr. Robins completed the first intensive training in dialectical behavior therapy conducted by Dr. Marsha Linehan, and during that year established the DBT program at Duke University Medical Center, which he directed until 2015. He has provided DBT to many patients, trained and supervised more than 70 psychology interns and postdoctoral fellows, taught graduate-level courses in Psychological Intervention, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and the Psychology of Mindfulness, given more than 25 Grand Rounds and other invited presentations at Universities and Medical Centers, most concerning DBT, and conducted more than 90 DBT trainings and workshops for mental health professionals. He was a co-investigator with his colleague Cedar Koons on the first randomized controlled trial of DBT outside Dr. Linehan’s laboratory, published in 2001.

Nicole Taylor Kletzka, PhD, DBT-LBC
, completed the Linehan Board of Certification process in 2015 and joined Behavioral Tech in 2016. She has trained and consulted with several system implementation projects. She specializes in working with inpatient, forensic populations. Nicole is the DBT Coordinator and a Consulting Forensic Examiner for Michigan’s Center for Forensic Psychiatry. In that role, she developed and implemented a center-wide DBT program, which includes a mentor program to involve frontline staff as DBT coaches. She has expertise in DBT for patients with intellectual disabilities, and in trauma-informed treatment. Dr. Kletzka previously worked at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego with child trauma victims and has been an affiliate member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network for over a decade. She has published and presented in multiple venues on DBT, staff burnout, trauma treatment, objective and performance-based personality assessment, and treatment outcomes.

Andrada D. Neacsiu, PhD
, has completed her doctoral degree (with distinction) in Clinical Psychology at the University of Washington under the mentorship of Dr. Linehan and did her internship training in behavioral medicine at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. She completed a postdoc at Duke University Medical Center under the mentorship of Dr. Rosenthal. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the department of Psychiatry at Duke. Her research focuses on neuroscience informed treatment development for emotion dysregulation, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and borderline personality disorder (BPD). Clinically, Dr. Neacsiu specializes in cases that are complex and difficult to treat, such as cases where there are multiple comorbidities, cases combining psychological and medical problems, and BPD cases.
Ronda Oswalt Reitz, PhD, is the Coordinator for Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) services for the Missouri Department of Mental Health. In this role she is charged with the implementation, support, and evaluation of DBT programming in public mental health settings state wide.  Dr. Reitz specializes in large scale implementation of DBT and has developed comprehensive DBT programming in community mental health systems, inpatient hospitals, and in juvenile and adult forensic settings.  Dr. Reitz is also a national trainer-consultant for BTech, the treatment dissemination company founded by Dr. Marsha Linehan, the developer of DBT.  Dr. Reitz is a graduate of the University of Kansas.
Nicholas L. Salsman, PhD, ABPP, is an associate professor of psychology at Xavier University where he is the director of the Xavier University Psychological Services Center and runs the Xavier University Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program. Dr. Salsman received his BA from Transylvania University and his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Louisville. He completed an internship at the adult and child psychiatry departments of Vanderbilt University. He also served as a postdoctoral fellow and research associate for Dr. Marsha Linehan at the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics (BRTC) at the University of Washington from 2005-2007. While at the BRTC, he served as a DBT therapist on two large randomized clinical trials of DBT and an adherence coder on two research trials. He has published on topics including DBT, Borderline Personality Disorder, and emotion regulation. He has regularly given local, national, and international workshops, presentations, and invited talks on DBT, has consulted with and trained clinicians at various facilities, and trains and supervises doctoral clinical psychology students. Dr. Salsman has received grant funding to develop adaptations of DBT for older adults with complicated grieving and older adults with chronic pain. He is licensed as a psychologist in the state of Ohio.

Shireen L. Rizvi, PhD, ABPP
, is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, Director of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Clinic (DBT‐ RU), and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Rutgers University. She 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 direct 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. Dr. Rizvi has written and presented numerous theoretical and research papers on BPD, DBT, and cognitive‐behavioral therapy (CBT). Her areas of research and clinical expertise include shame, treatment development, trauma, and development of mobile technology applications to aid in skills generalization. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Sarah Reynolds, PhD is a clinical psychologist with over ten years of experience providing DBT training, system consultation, and direct service in a wide variety of settings. These include private practice, community mental health, assertive community treatment teams, residential treatment facilities, state mental hospitals, and inpatient and outpatient psychiatry centers. She developed expertise in DBT during a three‐year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington under the mentorship of Professor Marsha Linehan. At the Linehan research clinic Dr. Reynolds was a DBT research therapist, clinical supervisor, and expert adherence coder. From 2002—2007  she was Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where she led a DBT team, developed an elective rotation in DBT for psychiatry residents, and conducted research on borderline personality disorder (BPD) and women’s health outcomes. Dr. Reynolds is former Program Chair for ISITDBT (2008 & 2009) and continues to serve as a member of the executive board. She participated as a DBT expert panelist at the 2011 meeting of the National Educational Alliance for BPD (NEA‐BPD). She has   published both theoretical and empirical articles on DBT, personality disorder, and suicidal behavior. She is in private practice in New York City where she conducts DBT with both adolescents and adults. She also teaches at the Columbia University School of Social Work where she is Adjunct Assistant Professor.
Robin McCann, PhD, was intensively trained by Dr. Marsha Linehan in 1994. In 1995, Dr. McCann implemented DBT in a forensic hospital; this program continues as the prototype for DBT forensic inpatient treatment in the United States. In 2000, the JCHO recognized this program as a model of staff training. Upon joining Behavioral Tech in 1996, Dr. McCann provided DBT training in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Texas, Montana, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. She has written several chapters and an article on DBT implementation in forensic settings. Currently Dr. McCann is the Director of Psychology at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo. Dr. McCann received the “employee of the year” award in 2000.

Mike Batcheler
is a clinical psychologist who has worked in NZ and UK mental health settings since the mid‐1990s after initially working for NZ Department of Corrections in the early 1990s. He was a founding member of New Zealand’s first dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) program was a research therapist on a NZ DBT trial with self‐harming adolescents and their families. He is a founding member of DBTNZ. Mike has considerable experience consulting and training in New Zealand. He has been a trainer for a number of Behavioral Tech licensed events including DBT intensive trainings. He is a DBT‐Linehan Board of Certification Certified Clinician™.

Amy Gaglia
is a senior trainer with British Isles DBT, an international affiliate of the Linehan Institute. She completed her MSW in New York in 2003 where she trained in DBT at New York Hospital in a Day Hospital and Outpatient setting. She was a founding member and team manager of the Newham DBT Team between 2003-2008. Together with that team she was intensively trained in DBT 2004 in Northampton, USA. Amy then spent a year in 2008-2009 establishing a DBT informed transitional living programme for people with severe and enduring mental illness in Philadelphia, PA, USA. In 2008, Amy and the Newham Team received for Research for Patient Benefit, National Institute for Health funding to do a pragmatic RCT on DBT versus treatment as usual for the treatment of self harm and personality disorder. As part of her work on the RCT, she trained and calibrated on the DBT-ACS, the research-based tool for measuring adherence to the model in DBT sessions. After completing the RCT, Amy co-wrote an article on the dropout rate in the RCT. The research revealed that the only statistically significant predictor of dropout was being the recipient of care coordination in the year before receiving DBT. Amy has also worked in the London Borough of Hackney and SLaM. Amy has 15 years experience delivering DBT, 13 years clinical experience offering DBT to adults in the NHS in a secondary care mental health setting, additionally seconded for periods to do DBT-A informed work. She also has 1 year experience offering DBT in a transitional living facility in the USA and 1 year offering DBT in Day Hospital Setting and Outpatient Department in a large hospital in the USA.