News Highlights

ABCT Lifetime Achievement Award Goes to Dr. Linehan.

May 2016

Congratulations to our founder, Dr. Marsha Linehan, for receiving the Career/Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Behavioral & Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)! We celebrate the incredible impact of her compassion and research. Join The Linehan Institute at the ABCT convention in New York.

New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall and Michi Marshall to receive award at the Linehan Institute Benefit.

February 2016

The Linehan Institute is pleased to announce that Project 375 co-founders Brandon and Michi Marshall will be honored at the Linehan Institute Benefit at the Dream Downtown Hotel in New York City on April 4th, 2016.

The Latest Research on Borderline Personality Disorder

KQED Radio. September 2, 2015.

Individuals with borderline personality disorder, a mental health condition marked by unstable moods and reckless or impulsive behavior, often have trouble maintaining their friendships and romantic relationships. Show host Michael Krasny discusses the latest research on the condition, including findings that people with the disorder may have lower activity in the regions of the brain associated with empathy.

Monicah Muhomba, PhD, Wins Award for DBT Work with College Students

Vanderbilt University. August 2015.

Dr. Muhomba recently received the American Psychological Association, Div 17, SCUCC 2015 Outstanding Contribution to Counseling Center Work Award due to the depth and breadth of her work as a counseling center professional and the cutting edge nature of the data driven, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy program.

Linehan Institute Announces Appointment of Preston Thompson as Permanent Executive Director

August 15, 2015.

The Linehan Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Preston Thompson as its new Executive Director. This appointment also marks the formal transition of Thompson to permanent CEO of Behavioral Tech, a Linehan Institute company.

New York Times Reporter Ben Carey to Receive Award from The Linehan Institute at the Linehan Institute Award Benefit

April 3, 2015

New York Times reporter and author Benedict Carey will be honored at the Linehan Institute Award Benefit at the Midtown Loft, NY on May 20, 2015.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy for High Suicide Risk in Individuals With Borderline Personality Disorder: A Randomized Clinical Trial and Component Analysis

JAMA Psychiatry. March 25, 2015.

On March 25, JAMA Psychiatry published a ground-breaking study by Dr. Marsha Linehan and colleagues, on DBT for High Suicide Risk in Individuals with BPD. This is the first component analysis of DBT and was designed to evaluate the importance of the skills training component of DBT by comparing skills training plus case management (DBT-S), DBT individual therapy plus activities group (DBT-I), and standard DBT which includes skills training and individual therapy.

After performing a single-blind, randomized clinical trial of 99 women with BPD who had at least 2 suicide attempts and/or non-suicidal self-injury acts in the last 5 years, the study found a variety of DBT interventions with therapists trained in the DBT suicide risk assessment and management protocol are effective in reducing suicide attempts. The study also found that interventions that include DBT skills training are more effective than DBT without skills training in reducing depression, anxiety, and the frequency of non-suicidal self-injury. Results indicated that standard DBT may be superior to both dismantled conditions in maintaining gains after treatment.

Reducing Suffering with Technology

International Innovation. Issue 153.

Designing technology-based solutions for mental health, Behavioral Tech Research, Inc. is currently focused on providing training and support for mental health professionals and individuals with complex psychological disorders.

NFL Should Take Lead In Rehabilitating Domestic Violence Offenders

ESPN. Sept 22, 2014.

Dr. Linehan advocates a focus on redemption and teaching skills in the NFL to help players change, rather than casting them out of the league. She believes that Brandon Marshall is the perfect person to influence the NFL to make meaningful change.

Why Ineffective Psychotherapies Appear to Work:
A Taxonomy of Causes of Spurious Therapeutic Effectiveness

Perspectives on Psychological Science: A Journal of the Association for Psychological Science. July 2014.

Clinical practice is the domain of applied psychology in which acknowledging and mitigating errors in human reasoning is most crucial. This article addresses one such set of errors.

DBT Appears Effective in Treating Suicidality, Self-Harm in Adolescents, Study Shows

Psychiatric News Alert. July 31, 2014.

According to a report published online in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) may be an effective intervention to reduce self-harm, suicidal ideation, and depression in adolescents with repetitive self-harming behavior.

The Pursuit of 'Radical Acceptance'

ESPN. July 2014.

Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshal shared the story of his battle with borderline personality disorder.

Linehan Institute Supports Landmark Legislation to Increase Access to High Quality Suicide Risk Assessment Training and Other Resources for Doctors and Nurses

March 2014.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed ESHB 2315 into law in March 2014, making Washington the first state to require suicide risk assessment, management, and treatment training for doctors and nurses. The law also creates a novel method to pilot-test a psychiatric telephone consultation line and calls for a system for regional care coordination that doctors and nurses can use for patients who need care from mental health professionals.

Primary Care May be Path to More Effective Suicide Prevention

Wbur's Common Health. February 25, 2014.

A national study suggests there may be opportunities through primary care doctors, and other specialists, to more accurately identify people at risk for suicide.

Low-Income Schools See Big Benefits in Teaching Mindfulness

KQED.org. January 17, 2014.

Read how a group of schools in Richmond, California, applied mindfulness practice to help behaviorally dysregulated children and watch their heartwarming video.

Depressed? Anxious? Give ‘mindfulness meditation’ a Go, Say Scientists

Wired.co.uk. January 07, 2014.

Quotes Madhav Goyal, MD, MPH, of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as saying, "… in our study, meditation appeared to provide as much relief from some anxiety and depression symptoms as other studies have found from antidepressants."

Mindfulness Meditation Can Help Relieve Anxiety and Depression

NPR. January 07, 2014.

Meditation does help manage anxiety, depression and pain, according to the 47 studies analyzed in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Mindfulness Meditation Helps With Mild Anxiety and Depression, Finds Review

Science 2.0. January 06, 2014.

Johns Hopkins University research suggests that about 30 minutes of daily meditation may improve symptoms of anxiety and depression, without medication.

The Mindful Revolution

Time Magazine February 03, 2014.

The February issue of Time Magazine looks into the growing evidence suggesting clear benefits of mindfulness and the science of finding focus in a stressed-out, multitasking culture.

Therapy Targets Teens At Risk Of Suicide

The Cork News. January 2014.

Pockets of Ireland with high rates of suicide are being targeted with DBT, piloted in Cork by Daniel Flynn. Mr. Flynn stated that he hoped the therapy will eventually be available to all mental health services.

Programme to Reduce Suicide, Self-harm

Irish Health. January 2014.

Dr. Linehan traveled to Ireland for a week-long training of Irish mental health professionals. The first DBT programme run by Daniel Flynn was established in Cork in 2010. In its first year, an evaluation of the programme showed a reduction in the incidence of self-harm, a reduction in ED visits and hospital admissions, and a reduction in BPD symptoms and depression.

The Most Popular Kinds Of Psychotherapy – And Why You Should Try One

Huffington Post. December 2013.

While more than 40 million adults in the United States have received some form of mental health treatment, many still have no experience of a therapy environment. This guide from the Huffington Post provides the “need-to-know information” for common kinds of therapies, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

Psychotherapy's Image Problem

The New York Times. September 2013.

Studies show psychotherapy declines in the U.S. while patients' preference is for psychotherapy over medications. Is it that psychotherapy has an image problem?

Why Teaching Mindfulness Benefits Students’ Learning

KQED.org. September 12, 2013.

This article looks at the fundamental role that social and emotional well-being play in the attainment of academic outcomes.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Improves Adherence in Teens with Chronic Illness

Newswise. September 2013.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) shows early evidence as an effective tool in improving medical regimen adherence in adolescents with chronic kidney disease (CKD), enabling them to accept their illness, have a better quality of life, and gain eligibility for organ transplantation.

Congratulations to Marsha Linehan as recipient of the IASR Morselli Medal

The Wall Street Journal. June 2013.

Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., ABPP is the recipient of the 2013 International Academy for Suicide Research (IASR) Morselli Medal. The Morselli Medal, which is named in honor of Enrico Morselli, an Italian psychiatrist (1852 -1929) from the University of Genoa who was a pioneer in suicide research, is the Academy's most distinguished award and is given every 2 years to individuals who have made outstanding and important lifetime contributions to the study of suicide, suicidal behaviors or suicide prevention.

The Linehan Institute Announces New Executive Director

The Linehan Institute. May 2013.

The Linehan Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Bridgett Chandler as its new Executive Director and CEO of its wholly owned subsidiary, Behavioral Tech, LLC.

Looking for Evidence that Therapy Works

The New York Times. March 2013.

Studies suggest surprisingly few patients receive evidence-based and effective treatments like cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and family-based treatment.

Therapist a Help to Marshall

The Chicago Tribune. March 2012.

Brandon Marshall, wide receiver for the Chicago Bears, thanks Dr. Marsha Linehan for developing DBT. Marshall was diagnosed with and treated for BPD at McLean Hospital in Boston.

Expert on Mental Illness Reveals Her Own Fight

The New York Times. June 2011.

Dr. Marsha Linehan: "So many people have begged me to come forward, and I just thought — well, I have to do this. I owe it to them."

Interview with Marsha M. Linehan

Association for Psychological Science. May 2010.

In this interview, Dr. Linehan speaks about what led her to choose psychology as a career and her process of developing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).