Directory Detail

Image of Marsha Linehan

Marsha Linehan, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Interests: Suicide, Borderline Personality Disorder, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), dissemination of evidence-based treatments

Advising

Do I accept and train new psychology graduate students in general?
No

Research

My entire career has been focused on the assessment and treatment of suicidal behaviors among individuals with multiple and severe disorders. I have developed a comprehensive cognitive behavioral treatment (Dialectical Behavior Therapy; DBT) that has reliably demonstrated its ability to reduce suicide attempts among individuals with borderline personality disorder. I am an established treatment development researcher with 30+ years of experience conducting behavioral treatment research with individuals at high risk for suicide and leading a research clinic that has already been successful at developing and disseminating effective treatments for suicidal behaviors. In addition, I have developed and researched assessment measures related to suicidal behavior (including the Reasons for Living Questionnaire and the Suicide Attempt Self-Injury Interview) as well as methods for disseminating DBT and other evidence-based therapies required to successfully treat chronically suicidal individuals. I have also published widely in the area of suicide, borderline personality disorder, and treatment development and outcome research.

Selected Publications

  • Coyle, T.N., Shaver, J.A., Linehan, M.M. (2018). On the Potential for Iatrogenic Effects of Psychiatric Crisis Services: The Example of Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adult Women With Borderline Personality Disorder.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. Vol 86 (2), 116-124.
  • McCauley, E., Berk, M.S., Asarnow, J., Adrian, M., Cohen, J. Korslund, K., Avina, C., Hughes, J., Harned, M., Gallop, R., Linehan, M.M. (2018). Efficacy of Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescents at High Risk for Suicide: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Psychiatry, 75(8): 1-10.
  • Ward-Ciesielski, E.F, Tidik, J.A., Edwards, A.J., Linehan, M. M. (2017) Comparing Brief Interventions for Suicidal Individuals Not Engaged in Treatment: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Journal of Affective Disorders. 222, 153-161
  • Wilks, C, Yin, Q., Ang, S.Y., Matsumiya, B., Lungu, A.,Linehan, M.M., (2017) Internet-Delivered Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills Training for Suicidal and Heavy Episodic Drinkers: Protocol and Preliminary Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR Research Protocol, 6(10), 207.
  • Linehan, M. M., Korslund, K. E., Harned, M. S., Gallop, R. J., Lungu, A., Neacsiu, A. D., McDavid, J., Comtois, K. A., & Murray-Gregory, A. M. (2015). Dialectical Behavior Therapy for High Suicide Risk in Borderline Personality Disorder: A Component Analysis. JAMA Psychiatry, 72(5), 475-82.
  • Neacsiu, A. D., Eberle, J. W., Kramer, R., Wiesmann, T., & Linehan, M. M. (2014). Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills for Transdiagnostic Emotion Dysregulation: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 59, 40-51.

In the News