ABCT member Mitch Prinstein comments on the following article related to the link between childhood abuse and adult suicide.
This article offers a spotlight on the remarkably high rates of suicide among individuals across the world who have experienced physical, sexual, or emotional maltreatment in childhood. Suicide remains an extraordinarily high priority area for psychological research and for treatment development, as few treatment approaches have demonstrated efficacy for reducing future suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Moreover, although researchers have identified a host of distal risk factors that may increase the likelihood of suicidal behavior months or even years later, remarkably little is known regarding the proximal processes that may occur between a stressful experience and an individuals’ consideration or engagement in suicidal behavior. These are important directions for psychological scientists to consider, and exciting areas of inquiry for young scholars who are looking for research topics that need greater attention, with findings that can have maximal impact on saving lives.
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Shireen Rizvi, PhD., ABPP, directs the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Clinic at Rutgers University in the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University
Shireen L. Rizvi is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University where she also holds affiliate appointments in the psychology department and the Department of Psychiatry. She completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the VA Boston/National Center for PTSD. Her research interests include improving outcomes, training, and dissemination of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for the treatment of complex and severe populations.
Dr. Rizvi has received funding from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) for her research. Her work has resulted in over 60 peer-reviewed articles and chapters. Dr. Rizvi is board-certified in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology and in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. She is President of the Board of ISITDBT and was its conference program chair for two years. She has trained hundreds of practitioners in DBT from around the world. Dr. Rizvi received the Spotlight on a Mentor Award from the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies in 2017.
The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Clinic at Rutgers University (DBT-RU) is a research and training clinic that provides comprehensive DBT services to individuals in the community. We have been in operation since 2010. We conduct research on DBT outcomes and processes as well as use experimental paradigms to study relevant processes in the lab.
How do you stay current with developments in the field, both research and practice?
We have a weekly journal club in which students rotate taking the lead and choosing an article to present. This allows us to read recent articles that align with the research interests of the group. In addition, I rely heavily on journal alerts that let me know when a new issue is available (with titles and abstracts) as well as google scholar alerts on topics of relevance.
What conferences do you regularly attend and why?
ABCT is the only conference that I attend every year without fail. Finding the time during the semester system to regularly attend other conferences is difficult. That said, when possible, I have attended the European Society for the Study of Personality Disorders (ESSPD) biannual conference on borderline personality disorder; International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA).
How long have you been a member of ABCT?
Nearly 20 Years!
How has ABCT helped you professionally?
Since I joined, ABCT has been my "professional home." It has opened a number of opportunities for me. I learn a lot from the other members and look forward to seeing everyone every year. I have served on a number of committees and was recently elected by the membership to serve as Rep-at-Large. I've gained a lot from ABCT and hope to give back as much as possible.
How do you see the future of ABCT for both you and your students? As the field changes and grows, so will ABCT. As long as ABCT stays true to its mission, there will always be a place there for me and my students.
Are your students members of ABCT? If so, what has been most useful for them?
I encourage all of my students (as well as students in the entire program) to join ABCT in their first year. Once they attend their first meeting, they are "hooked."
For prospective students: (Who should consider applying to your lab, and how can they find out more?)
I mentor students in both of Rutgers' clinical doctoral programs. Typically, I have one or two students from the PsyD program begin working with me in their first year. Every three years or so, I also accept a student from the PhD program. Interested PhD candidates should check the website to see if I plan to take students for the upcoming year. Candidates who are interested in a career in DBT and BPD research and like complex and challenging problems are a good fit for the lab.
We asked questions of DBT-RU's students:
1) What is your area of research interest?
2) How has ABCT been helpful to you?
3) If a student were thinking about joining ABCT, what activities would you recommend they get involved in?
My research interests include BPD, DBT, non-suicidal self-injury, emotion regulation, suicidal behaviors, trauma, and international mental health.
ABCT has helped me gain exposure to a broad range of research findings related to the scientific understanding and treatment of psychological difficulties. In addition, I have had the opportunity to showcase original research, learn more about evidence-based clinical practice, and further develop my own clinical skills.
I recommend that students attend the annual conference, participate in a special interest group, and submit an abstract to share knowledge with peers and senior researchers.
My research interests include Borderline Personality Disorder, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, suicidal and self-injurious behaviors, emotion dysregulation, validation, family involvement, and caregiver burden.
ABCT has exposed me to research outside my personal interests, expanded my range of clinical interventions, and allowed me to speak with important researchers in the field.
Definitely attend the annual conference and submit a poster!
My research interests include BPD, emotion dysregulation more broadly, DBT, family interventions, behavioral healthcare, and treatment dissemination.
ABCT has shown me the kinds of related research others are conducting, which has introduced me to different treatments, study settings, and methodologies. This exchange of ideas has been helpful for meeting and working with other researchers, and also inspiring future directions of my own research.
I would suggest joining the list serve, which will connect you to article alerts, clinical and research discussions, and job postings. I would also recommend attending the conference to hear first-hand what projects other researchers are working on.
Molly St. Denis
I am primarily interested in the effectiveness of third wave, mindfulness-based treatments for individuals with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and/or intense emotion dysregulation.
ABCT has been wonderful in helping me expand my knowledge of current research and evidence-based treatment approaches. I always feel reinvigorated to pursue my clinical and research interests after attending the annual conference. I can also see that it will be an essential platform for networking and professional development throughout my career.
I would highly recommend signing up for the list serve, submitting your work as a poster, and attending the annual convention (duh!). I would also recommend taking advantage of the many ABCT offerings, including networking opportunities in your area.
My research interests include BPD, DBT, suicidal and self-injurious behaviors, emotion regulation, rumination/repetitive negative thinking, experiential avoidance, affective forecasting biases, treatment and assessment development, modification, and evaluation, and the incorporation of mobile technology into treatment and research.
ABCT has given me opportunities to learn about research outside my area, present my work to other psychologists/researchers, and meet, connect, and interact with other researchers with similar interests to mine.
I would recommend attending the annual conference, submitting your work as a poster or symposium, and attending special interest groups, symposia/talks, and poster sessions relevant to your research.
Skye Fitzpatrick, PhD
I have two primary areas of interest: First, I am interested in translational science and basic emotion science-informed experimental methods to understand the nature of, and refine relevant treatments for, borderline personality disorder (BPD). Second, I am interested in identifying ways to optimize the efficiency and effectiveness of dialectical behavior therapy and the comorbid treatment of BPD and posttraumatic stress disorder.
ABCT has been my "home organization" since my first year of graduate school. My annual involvement in ABCT meetings, symposia, and meet and greets has helped me to connect to a network of innovative BPD researchers who are now among my most central mentors, collaborators, and colleagues.
I would recommend that students get involved in special interest groups that are relevant to their areas of research. I think that these kinds of groups are what help emerging researchers to integrate into their academic fields.
Top Row Standing L-R: Eitan Schur, Alex King, Michael Marks, Melissa Kearney, Kate Bailey, Liza Pincus, Maria Alba, Jessica Weatherford, Christine Cho, Skye Fitzpatrick, Chris Hughes
Sitting L-R: Denise Guarino, Molly St. Denis, Shireen Rizvi, April Yeager, An Nyugen
Alan Kazdin recounts how he came to be a psychologist and discusses where his emphasis is now: studying models of treatment delivery with the idea of completely changing who, and how many, can access treatment. He notes that "most people in need of psychological help receive no treatment." This is based on current delivery models. He's hoping to find ways to make delivery scalable and accessible, overcoming the current inherent limits.
Call for Papers: Special Issue of Behavior Therapy
The impact and treatment of sleep disorders
Sleep disorders are a significant public health problem in general, and are particularly elevated among psychiatric populations. This Special Issue aims to highlight cutting-edge research on the treatment of sleep disorders as well as work that makes significant contributions to our understanding of how sleep disorders impact the treatment of comorbid psychological disorders. Some of the essential questions that this special issue will seek to address include:
1. What is the efficacy or effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral therapies for sleep disorders, including traditional and eHealth interventions?
2. How do sleep disorders impact the treatment outcomes of comorbid psychological disorders?
3. What are the mechanisms that may explain the connection between sleep disorders and other psychological disorders, and how can this inform treatment planning?
This is not an exhaustive list, but instead illustrates the type of research questions of interest. Studies that assess sleep disorders using interview or polysomnography methods are encouraged. Papers for this special issue must highlight the clinical value of the findings. In addition to original research, review articles, short reports, brief commentary, case reports, and meta-analyses are invited.
Please direct inquiries and submit proposal abstracts to Carmen McLean (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than February 1, 2019. If invited to contribute, final papers will be due July 1, 2019. Papers not considered for the special issue are of course still welcome for submission to the journal as an author initiated manuscript.
ABCT is delighted to announce a new partnership with PsyberGuide.
Please watch these pages for an expanding list of CBT-relevant apps being reviewed by the staff at PsyberGuide and the editors at Cognitive and Behavioral Practice.
PsyberGuide (PsyberGuide.org) is a non-profit website reviewing smartphone applications and other digital mental health tools. Its goal is to help people make responsible and informed decisions about the technologies they use for management of mental health. PsyberGuide is committed to ensuring that this information is available to all, and that it is free of preference, bias, or endorsement.
PsyberGuide is funded by One Mind, a leading non-profit organization supporting collaborative brain research to provide patients who suffer from brain disease and injury better diagnostics and treatment. With over 325,000 emerging digital health technologies, and an estimated 15,000 of those designed for mental health, One Mind recognized the lack of advice or guidelines to help people navigate the expanding marketplace of mental health apps. Thus in 2013, One Mind established PsyberGuide to address this growing problem.
In 2017, One Mind welcomed Dr. Stephen Schueller as Executive Director. Dr. Schueller is an Assistant Professor of Psychological Science at University of California. Irvine. His work focuses on expanding the accessibility and availability of mental health services through technology.
PsyberGuide & ABCT established this partnership with the aim of disseminating reviews of digital mental health tools to a broad audience of researchers, psychologists, psychiatrists and other mental-health practitioners who are interested in using these tools in their practice of behavioral, cognitive, and biological evidence-based principles.
In the coming months, app reviews from both PsyberGuide and Cognitive and Behavioral Practice will be integrated on both sites to expand the reach of information on available apps. ABCT will be developing a dedicated app review page which will host a sample of relevant PsyberGuide reviews. PsyberGuide will also link to C&BP reviews on their site, where relevant.
PsyberGuide Executive Director, Dr. Stephen Schueller, said "ABCT has been a leader in advancing the use of innovative behavioral and cognitive treatments. Technological behavioral and cognitive treatments will play a role in the future of mental health care and we're excited to team with ABCT to ensure researchers and practitioners are equipped to effectively use technology to help improve people's lives."
Cognitive and Behavioral Practice's apps are reviewed with the idea of providing guidance to clinicians in choosing apps that allow them to best serve the needs of their clients. Reviews will often cover cost, targeted clients, basic purpose, the research data behind them, as well as quick overviews of their utility.
To see Cognitive and Behavioral Practice's review apps, click on the app that most interests you:
MMFT Review Summaries
Anxiety Coach is an app for iOS devices ($4.99 at time of publication; Mayo Clinic, 2016) marketed as a self-help program for anxiety for children and adults. The primary focus is to help individuals understand and identify anxiety symptoms, create a hierarchy, and develop plans for exposure tasks. The program was designed by clinical researchers with expertise in CBT for anxiety. There is potential to support ongoing therapy, such as to allow patients to provide real-time data when reviewing between-session anxiety and exposure details with a therapist. Whiteside and colleagues (2014) have published case studies and reported feasibility/acceptability data which are promising. Our expert reviewer felt that the focus of the app on helping users conduct exposure tasks is unique and valuable, and the program had good navigation and an easy to follow user interface.
SuperBetter is an iOS app and website that is marketed to help users pursue goals, which can include mental health goals. The app was developed using game theory and mechanics that mimic "behaviors and techniques that have been clinically shown to give individuals more control over their thoughts and feelings" according to the developer, Jane McGonigal, who has authored books on the subject of leveraging gaming to increase well-being. There are video-game features like "power-ups," "quests," "Power Packs" and a "Community" where individuals can join in to engage in forums or play together as "Allies." Our reviewer found a strong development team and breadth of content, but felt the overall quality of the content lacking in terms of potential to promote clinically significant levels of improvement without active or guided practice with real-world behavior change. Preliminary RCTs have shown feasibility, though attrition rates continue to be a concern. Our reviewer recommends caution if considering this as a stand-alone option for depression or as an adjunct to face-to-face therapy without further data on effectiveness and further development of human safety plans.
Sleepio is a 6-week treatment program for insomnia delivered online and through mobile app. The program includes evidence-based components including psychoeducation, relaxation techniques, cognitive thought challenging sleep scheduling and sleep tracking compatibility (with other wearable trackers). Our reviewer felt the navigation was easy to use and the platform engaging. The program has been tested in a large RCT and smaller trials with promising results. The program is more costly than online competitors ($300 for a 1-year subscription). Our reviewer felt it was a good option as stand-alone first-line intervention and a model internet-based CBT intervention.
TicHelper.com is an 8-week online treatment program for Tic Disorders in youth (8-adolescence) based on the empirically-supported Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT) protocol and developed in collaboration with experts who developed and tested CBIT. The program includes evidence-based components including psychoeducation, training in developing competing responses and multiple videos to illustrate concepts. There is also some parent-focused content. Our reviewer felt the program was age-appropriate, appealing and easy to navigate. While the online program does not offer the tailoring allowed in face-to-face individual therapy, there are branching structures which allow some tailoring of content. There is pilot feasibility data on the prototype but no research trials published at the time of this review. Our reviewer notes that the strengths outweigh the weaknesses and the program is unique in the market of targeting this condition and using evidence-based treatment components.
Triple P Online is an online self-help parent training program aimed at reducing child behavior problems through evidence-based "positive parenting practices." The program is available through the website, www2.tripleponline.net, at time of review for $79.95. The program is comprised of 8 video-based modules. Our expert reviewer found the program to include high-quality content with relevant and easily locatable resources, and felt the navigation was easy-to-use and appealing. The program's main weakness lies in its lack of monitoring and adaptation to the user's state (e.g., child's and parent's behaviors), and real-time reminders for desired actions. Overall the program was found to be a valuable parent training resource for addressing child behavior problems by our reviewer.
Psychotherapy.net is an online magazine and video library and production company targeting clinicians, educators, and clinical trainees. At present, the website offers two video steaming subscription plans for individual use: 1) a "Choice plan", which allows access to 2 monthly videos for a fee of $39 each month; and 2) an "Unlimited plan" for $79 monthly, which allows unlimited access to the full online library of over 200 training videos. The primary strength of the website is the breadth of available psychotherapy training videos, which cover several major theoretical orientations, modalities, and clinical populations. However, our expert reviewer notes that the resource is limited by the current absence of information related to evidence-based practice recommendations.
Awards Ceremony: Friday, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Delaware A & B
Washington Marriott Wardman Park
Linda Carter Sobell, Ph.D., ABPP, Nova Southeastern University
Mark B. Sobell, Ph.D., ABPP, Nova Southeastern University
Ricardo Muñoz, Ph.D., Palo Alto University
Shannon Wiltsey Stirman, Ph.D., National Center for PTSD and Stanford University
Outstanding Service to ABCT
Former Behavior Therapy Editors Richard G. Heimberg, Ph.D., Temple University; Thomas H. Ollendick, Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; and Michelle G. Newman, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
Distinguished Friend to Behavior Therapy
Joel Sherrill, Ph.D., Division of Services and Intervention Research, NIMH
Anne Marie Albano Early Career Award for Excellence in the Integration of Science and Practice
Joseph McGuire, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Virginia A. Roswell Student Dissertation Award
Gabriela Khazanov, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Leonard Krasner Student Dissertation Award
Eric Lee, M.A., Utah State University
John R. Z. Abela Student Dissertation Award
Joanna Kim, M.A., University of California, Los Angeles
Student Research Grant Recipients
Laurel D. Sarfan, Miami University (Ohio), "Using the Approach Avoid Task: Testing the Relation Between Implicit and Explicit Experiential Avoidance and Social Anxiety Symptoms"
HONORABLE MENTION: Daniel P. Moriarity, Temple University, "Reward Sensitivity, Stress Reactivity, and Mood Psychopathology"
ADAA Travel Awards
Shannon Blakey, M.S., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Martha Falkenstein, Ph.D., McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Elsie Ramos Memorial Student Poster Awards
Emma Brett, Oklahoma State University
Jonah Meyerhoff, University of Vermont
Kristen E. Frosio, Oklahoma State University
Student Travel Award
Lillian Reuman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
ABCT weighs in on the effects on children of being separated from their parents
Members consulted the literature on this, and posted results from the literature. Needless to say, the findings don't paint pretty pictures. Studies included refugees in Christmas Island, survivors of natural disaster in Australia, left behind children in China, and more.
Detention is not good for children; children in detention handle it better if with their parents; Chinese children left behind as their migrant parents work fair worse than children who accompany their migrant parents even though the living conditions are tougher; foster care, when parents are alive, is sometimes a source of confusion.
Problems are detailed in our posting, with full coverage here
Call for Papers has gone out and registration is open.