Marsha Linehan

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Marsha Linehan, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus
Advising: Does not accept or train psychology graduate students.
Interests: Suicide, Borderline Personality Disorder, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), dissemination of evidence-based treatments


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.


Loyola of Chicago (1971)

  • 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.