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    2014

    The PERT Lab is excited to welcome its newest psychology interns for the 2014-15 year:

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

    Dr. Gratz was promoted to Full 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 post-doctoral fellowship (2014-2016) at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She will be working with Dr. Viana. 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 post-doctoral 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 post-doctoral 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, Mississippi). 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.

    2012

    Dr. Dixon-Gordon was awarded the Resident Research Award from the University of Mississippi Medical Center pre-doctoral psychology residency program. Congratulations Katie!

    Dr. Dixon-Gordon was awarded the APA Division 18 - VA Section Outstanding Trainee Award. Congratulations Katie!

    Dr. Dixon-Gordon was awarded the VA Doctor's Day House Staff Honorable Mention Award. This marks the first time that a psychology resident has received this award. Congratulations Katie!

    The PERT Lab is excited to welcome its newest psychology interns for the 2012-13 year:

    • Nicole Weiss, Jackson State University
    • Michelle Schoenleber, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • Joseph Bardeen, Northern Illinois University

    Nicole Weiss matched at the University of Mississippi Medical Center pre-doctoral psychology residency program (2012-13). Congratulations Nicole!

    Katie Dixon-Gordon was awarded a two-year post-doctoral fellowship (2012-2014) 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, Mississippi). Congratulations Katie!

    2011

    Join the PERT Lab at the 8th annual NAMI WALKS for the Minds of America, Saturday, November 5, 2011, at Winner's Circle Park in Flowood, MS.

    In collaboration with Dr. Alex Chapman at Simon Fraser University, Drs. Gratz and Tull have a new workbook out from New Harbinger Publications. The workbook is focused on how to use DBT skills to manage symptoms of anxiety. The workbook can now be ordered from Amazon.com.

    Drs. Tull and Gratz were recently awarded an R21 grant from the National Institutes on Drug Abuse to examining risk-taking within alcohol and cocaine dependent patients with and without PTSD.

    Dr. Tull was promoted to Associate Professor effective July 1, 2011.

    The PERT Lab is excited to welcome its newest psychology interns for the 2011-12 year:

    • Katherine L. Dixon-Gordon, Simon Fraser University
    • Chris Fairholme, Boston University

    Andres Viana was awarded a Career Development Travel Award at the 2011 Anxiety Disorders Association of America conference in New Orleans, LA.

    Jason Lavender was awarded the Academy for Eating Disorders NIMH Student/Early Career Investigator Travel Fellowship for the 2011 International Conference on Eating Disorders in Miami, FL.

    2010

    Dr. Tull was awarded the President's New Researcher Award at the 2010 conference for the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, San Francisco, CA.

    Recent PERT Lab Presentations

    • Gratz, K. L. (November 2014). Invited discussant in J. R. Peters (Chair), Anger and aggression in BPD: Using multidisciplinary approaches to explore predictors, functions, and outcomes. Symposium to be presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.
    • Gratz, K. L., Chapman, A. L., Dixon-Gordon, K. L., & Tull, M. T. (June 2014). Development 
    • and validation of a novel implicit association task for examining the emotion-relieving function of DSH. 
    • Presentation given at the annual conference of the International Society for the Study of Self-Injury, 
    • Chicago, IL.
    • Tull, M. T., Dixon-Gordon, K. L., Chapman, A. L., & Gratz, K. L. (June 2014). Development and validation of the Clinician-administered Non-suicidal Self-injury Disorder Index. Presentation given at the annual conference of the International Society for the Study of Self-Injury, Chicago, IL.
    • Gratz, K. L., Kiel, E. J., Viana, A. G., & Tull, M. T. (April 2014). Maternal borderline personality pathology and emotion socialization: The roles of maternal emotion regulation and infant temperament. Presentation given at the annual meeting of the North American Society for the Study of Personality Disorders, Boston, MA.
    • 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. Intensive training workshop sponsored by HUMAN ACT, Stockholm, Sweden.
    • Gratz, K. L., & Tull, M. T. (June 2014). An innovative approach to treating self-harm: Acceptance-based emotion regulation group therapy. Invited clinical pre-conference workshop to be given at the annual meeting of the International Society for the Study of Self-injury, Chicago, IL.
    • Gratz, K. L., Kiel, E. J., Viana, A. G., & Tull, M. T. (April 2014). Maternal borderline personality pathology and emotion socialization: The roles of maternal emotion regulation and infant temperament. Presentation given at the annual meeting of the North American Society for the Study of Personality Disorders, Boston, MA.
    • 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 Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS.
    • Tull, M.T. (January 2014). Brief behavioral activation for depression and anxiety. Workshop provided for the Asthma and Allergy Clinic, 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 pathology. Workshop given at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville, TN.
    • Gratz, K.L. (Chair) & Tull, M.T. (Panelist) (November 2013). Research spotlight: Randomized controlled trial and 9-month follow-up of an emotion regulation group therapy for deliberate self-harm among women with borderline personality pathology. Presentation given at the 47th annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville, TN.
    • Tull, M.T. & Dixon-Gordon, K.L., Chairs (November 2013). New frontiers in the study of emotion regulation: Innovative laboratory-based methods of emotional responding and regulation. Symposium presented at the 46th annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville, TN.
    • Tull, M.T. (September 2013). Mental health, substance abuse, and HIV/AIDS. Training provided for the Care and Management Overview of HIV Infection Continuing Education course, Delta Region AIDS Education and Training Center, Jackson, MS.
    • Gratz, K. L., & Tull, M. T. (August 2013). Emotion Regulation Group Therapy for Deliberate Self-Harm: Training Workshop. Intensive training sponsored by the Swedish National Self-Harm Project, Lund, Sweden.
    • 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.
    • Gratz, K.L. (October 2012). Efficacy of an acceptance-based emotion regulation group therapy for self-harm among women with borderline personality pathology: Randomized controlled trial and nine-month follow-up. Invited presentation given at the First Swedish National Conference on Self-Harm, Stockholm, Sweden.
    • Gratz, K.L., & Tull, M.T. (October 2012). Targeting emotion regulation in the treatment of deliberate self-harm among women with borderline personality pathology: An acceptance-based emotion regulation group therapy. Invited workshop given in Stockholm, Sweden.
    • Gratz, K.L. (April 2012). The role of emotion dysregulation in the pathogenesis and treatment of borderline personality disorder and related behaviors. Invited workshop for the annual meeting of the Louisiana Academy of Medical Psychologists, Baton Rouge, LA.
    • Tull, M.T. (April 2012). Negative clinical outcomes associated with PTSD and substance use disorder comorbidity: Identifying potential mechanisms and targets for treatment. Invited workshop for the annual meeting of the Louisiana Academy of Medical Psychologists, Baton Rouge, LA.
    • Gratz, K.L., & Dixon-Gordon, K.L. (April 2012). The rising problem of deliberate self-harm: Myths, functions, and effective interventions. Invited workshop for the 5th Annual Mississippi School for Addiction Professionals, Hattiesburg, MS.
    • Tull, M.T. (April 2012). Best treatment practices for posttraumatic stress disorder. Workshop provided for the 5th annual Mississippi School for Addiction Professionals, Hattiesburg, MS.
    • Gratz, K.L. (February 2012). The role of distress tolerance and emotion regulation in BPD and self-injury. Invited teleconference for the Florida Borderline Personality Disorder Association.
    • Tull, M.T. (December 2011). Assessing negative clinical outcomes and HIV-risk behaviors among substance users with posttraumatic stress disorder. Invited presentation for the Collaboration for Research in Infectious Diseases, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS.
    • Tull, M.T. (September 2011). Innovative cognitive-behavioral techniques for the treatment of emotional and substance use disorders. Invited workshop for the annual Mississippi Psychological Association conference, Biloxi, MS.
    • Tull, M.T. (May 2011). Mental health disorders and HIV: Comorbidity and treatment implications. Training provided for the Care and Management Overview fo HIV Infection Continuing Education course, Delta Region AIDS Education and Training Center, Jackson, MS.
    • Gratz, K.L., & Lavender, J.M. (April 2011). Understanding and treating self-harm in adults. Invited workshop for the 4th Annual Mississippi School for Addiction Professionals, Hattiesburg, MS.
    • Tull, M.T. (April 2011). Treatment of emotional disorders and substance use. Invited workshop for the 4th annual Mississippi School for Addiction Professionals, Hattiesburg, MS.
     

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    • 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/