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    2015

    Dr. Kim Gratz was awarded the 2015 Mid-Career Investigator Award from the North American Society for the Study of Personality Disorders. The award recognizes people whose work has influenced the field "through her overall professional and scientific productivity, and through contributions that have increased our understanding of personality and personality disorders or their treatment."

    Along with Dr. Amelia Aldao at The Ohio State University, Dr. Tull is serving as an editor of a special issue on Emotion Regulation for Current Opinion in Psychology. The issue will be released June 2015. You can check out the issue here

    Beginning  in the fall of 2015, Mike McDermott will be an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Louisiana - Lafayette in Lafayette, LA. Congratulations Mike!

    Beginning  in the fall of 2015, Dan Capron will be an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS. Congratulations Dan!

    Dr. Michelle Schoenleber was awarded the 2015 Gunderson Young Investigator Award from the North American Society for the Study of Personality Disorders. 

    Chris Berghoff was awarded a two-year postdoctoral fellowship (2015-2017) at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He will be working with Drs. Tull and Gratz. Congratulations Chris!

    Beginning in the fall of 2015, Dr. Michelle Schoenleber will be an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at St. Norbert College in Green Bay, WI. Congratulations Michelle!

    2014

    Dr. Gratz was awarded the Gold level (over $1,000,000 in extramural research funding) Excellence in Research Award from the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

    The PERT Lab is excited to welcome its newest psychology interns for the 2014-2015 year:

    • Christopher R. Berghoff, University at Albany - SUNY
    • Daniel W. Capron, Florida State University
    • Michael J. McDermott, University of Mississippi

    Laura Dixon was awarded a Career Development Travel Award at the 2014 Anxiety and Depression Association of America conference in Chicago, IL.

    Beginning in the fall of 2014, Dr. Katherine Dixon-Gordon will be an assistant professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA. Congratulations Katie!

    Beginning in the fall of 2014, Dr. Joseph Bardeen will be an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Auburn University in Auburn, AL. Congratulations Joe!

    Dr. Gratz was promoted to professor effective July 1, 2014.

    Drs. Tull and Gratz were recently awarded tenure.

    The PERT Lab is excited to welcome RAs Katie Collier and Rivka Cohen to the lab!

    PERT Lab RA Mary Bennett accepted a position as a graduate student in Counseling at the University of North Texas. Congratulations Mary!

    Laura Dixon was awarded a two-year postdoctoral fellowship (2014-2016) at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She will be working with Drs. Viana and Tull. Congratulations Laura!

    2013

    Joe Bardeen was awarded a Career Development Travel Award at the 2013 Anxiety and Depression Association of America conference in San Diego, CA.

    Nicole Weiss accepted a T32-funded postdoctoral fellowship in Substance Abuse Prevention Research, Division of Prevention and Community Research, Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine. Congratulations Nicole!

    Michelle Schoenleber was awarded a two-year postdoctoral fellowship (2013-2015) at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She will be working with Dr. Gratz and Dr. Jeanne Gabriele (at the G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery VA Medical Center, Jackson). Congratulations Michelle!

    Dr. Gratz was recently invited to present on her Emotion Regulation Group Therapy for deliberate self-harm at the First Swedish National Conference on Self-Harm in Stockholm, Sweden. Drs. Gratz and Tull also provided a workshop on the treatment for clinicians across Sweden working with patients who struggle with deliberate self-harm behavior.

    Dr. Tull was awarded the Silver level (over $500,000 in extramural research funding) Excellence in Research Award from the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

     

    Books by Drs. Gratz and Tull

    The following books were written by Drs. Gratz and/or Tull and were published by New Harbinger Publications.

    The Borderline Personality Disorder Survival Guide, Freedom from Self-Harm, and The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Anxiety were all awarded The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Self-Help Seal of Merit. This is an award bestowed upon outstanding self-help books that are consistent with cognitive behavioral therapy principles and that incorporate scientifically tested strategies for overcoming mental health difficulties.

    • Chapman, A. L., & Gratz, K. L. (2013). Borderline personality disorder: A guide for the newly diagnosed (authored). Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.

      [From the publisher] Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mood disorder marked by extreme, fluctuating emotions, black-and-white thinking, problems with interpersonal relationships, and in extreme cases, self-harm. If you have recently been diagnosed with BPD, you likely have many questions. What treatment options are available? How do you tell your friends and loved ones? And what are the common side-effects of medication?

      A diagnosis of BPD can definitely change your life, but it can also be a catalyst for personal transformation and growth. In Borderline Personality Disorder: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed, two renowned experts on BPD present an easy-to-read introduction to BPD for those who have recently been diagnosed. Readers will learn the most common complications of the illness, the most effective treatments available, and practical strategies for staying on the path to recovery.  

    • Chapman, A. L., Gratz, K. L., & Tull, M. T. (2011). The dialectical behavior therapy skills workbook for anxiety: Breaking free from worry, panic, PTSD, and other anxiety symptoms (authored). Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.

      [From the publisher] If you have an anxiety disorder or experience anxiety symptoms that interfere with your day-to-day life, you can benefit from learning four simple skills that therapists use with their clients. These easy-to-learn skills are at the heart of dialectical behavior therapy, a cutting-edge therapeutic approach that can help you better manage the panic attacks, worries, and fears that limit your life and keep you feeling stuck.

      This book will help you learn these four powerful skills: (1) Mindfulness helps you connect with the present moment and notice passing thoughts and feelings without being ruled by them; (2) Acceptance skills foster self-compassion and a nonjudgmental stance toward your emotions and worries; (3) Interpersonal effectiveness skills help you assert your needs in order to build more fulfilling relationships with others; and (4) Emotion regulation skills help you manage anxiety and fear before they get out of control.

      In The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Anxiety, you’ll learn how to use each of these skills to manage your anxiety, worry, and stress. By combining simple, straightforward instruction in the use of these skills with a variety of practical exercises, this workbook will help you overcome your anxiety and move forward in your life.

    • Gratz, K. L., & Chapman, A. L. (2009). Freedom from self-harm: Overcoming self-injury with skills from DBT and other treatments (authored). Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.

      [From the publisher] Self-injury can be as addictive as any drug, and the secrecy and shame many sufferers feel about this behavior can keep them feeling trapped. But if you're ready to replace self-harm with a set of healthy coping skills, this compassionate and practical book can help.

      This complete guide to stopping self-injury gives you the facts about self-harm, corrects common myths about this behavior, and provides self-soothing techniques you can begin using right away for regulating difficult or overwhelming emotions. Freedom from Self-Harm also includes self-assessment worksheets, guidance for seeking professional help, and information about the most effective therapies and medications. Drawn from treatments such as dialectical behavior therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy, the tools in this book can help you cope with your emotions whenever you feel the urge to self-harm.

    • Chapman, A. L., & Gratz, K. L. (2007). The borderline personality disorder survival guide: Everything you need to know about living with BPD (authored). Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.

      [From the publisher] If you or someone you love is struggling with borderline personality disorder (BPD), you need up-to-date, accurate, and accessible information on the problems you’re facing and where you can turn for help. But where do you look? Much of the professional literature on BPD is too technical and confusing to be of much help. And searching the Internet for accurate information can be treacherous, with some sites providing useful information and others giving dangerous advice and misinformation. If you’re living with BPD, this compassionate book offers what you really need: an easy-to-follow road map to guide you through this disorder and its treatment.   

      This book provides answers to many of the questions you might have about BPD: What is BPD? How long does it last? What other problems co-occur with BPD? Overviews of what we currently know about BPD make up the first section of the book. Later chapters cover several common treatment approaches to BPD: DBT, mentalization-based treatment (MBT), and medication treatments. In the last sections of the book, you’ll learn a range of useful coping skills that can help you manage your emotions, deal with suicidal thoughts, and cope with some of the most distressing symptoms of BPD.

       

    Recent Workshops and Invited Presentations

    • Gratz, K.L., & Tull, M.T. (March 2015). Targeting emotion dysregulation in the treatment of deliberate self-harm: An acceptance-based emotion regulation group therapy. Five day intensive workshop provided for the National Self-Harm Project, Stockholm, Sweden.
    • Gratz, K.L., & Tull, M.T. (March 2015). Supervising therapists delivering an acceptance-based emotion regulation group therapy for deliberate self-harm. Two day intensive workshop for emotion regulation group therapy supervisors in the National Self-Harm Project, Stockholm, Sweden.
    • Gratz, K.L. & Tull, M.T. (October 2014).  Targeting emotion dysregulation in the treatment of deliberate self-harm: An acceptance-based emotion regulation group therapy. Two day intensive workshop provided for the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN.
    • Tull, M.T. (October 2014). Addressing the problem of comorbidity in substance dependent patients: New initiatives and treatment. Invited presentation for the Advisory Council of the Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Services, Mississippi State Department of Mental Health, Jackson, MS.
    • Gratz, K.L. Tull, M.T. (June 2014). An innovative approach to treating deliberate self-harm: Acceptance-based emotion regulation group therapy. Clinical pre-conference workshop provided at the annual meeting of the International Society for the Study of Self-injury, Chicago, IL.
    • Gratz, K.L.  (March 2014).  Emotion regulation in borderline personality and related pathology. Invited presentation for the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences Seminar Series, University of Missisippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS.
    • Gratz, K.L.  Tull, M.T. (March 2014).  Targeting emotion dysregulation in the treatment of deliberate self-harm: An acceptance-based emotion regulation group therapy. Two day intensive workshop provided for Human ACT, Copenhagen, Denmark.
    • Gratz, K.L. Tull, M.T. (March 2014).  Targeting emotion dysregulation in the treatment of deliberate self-harm: An acceptance-based emotion regulation group therapy. Two day intensive workshop provided for Human ACT, Stockholm, Sweden.
    • Tull, M.T. (March 2014). Mental health, substance abuse, and HIV/AIDS. Invited presentation for the Department of Infectious Diseases Grand Rounds, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS.
    • Gratz, K.L. Tull, M.T. (November 2013). Acceptance-based emotion regulation group therapy for deliberate self-harm among women with borderline personality disorder. Workshop provided at the 47th annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville, TN.
    • Gratz, K.L. Tull, M.T. (August 2013).  Targeting emotion dysregulation in the treatment of deliberate self-harm: An acceptance-based emotion regulation group therapy. Three day intensive workshop provided for the National Self-Harm Project, Lund, Sweden.
    • Coffey, S.F., Connolly, K.M., & Tull, M.T.  (July 2013). Exposure therapy for anxiety disorders. Second Annual Evidence Based Psychotherapy Institute, Division of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS.
    • Gratz, K.L. (July 2013). Deliberate self-harm in youth: Myths and effective interventions. Invited presentation for the 25th Annual Lookin' to the Future Conference of Southern Christian Services for Children and Youth, Natchez, MS.
    • Gratz, K.L.  (June 2013). Randomized controlled trial and nine-month follow-up of an acceptance-based emotion regulation group therapy for deliberate self-harm among women with borderline personality pathology. Invited keynote address given at the annual meeting of the International Society for the Study of Self-injury, Vancouver, Canada.
    • Gratz, K.L.  (March 2013). Targeting emotion regulation in the treatment of deliberate self-harm among women with borderline personality pathology: Efficacy of an acceptance-based emotion regulation group therapy. Invited presentation for the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder's Teleconference Series.
     

    Upcoming Events

    ISSPD XIV Conference
    ISSPD XIV Conference

    • Join us in attending the International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders conference in Montreal, Canada October 13-16, 2005.  Go to the website for more information: http://www.isspd.com/