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  • PERT Lab News

    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!

    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.

    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!

    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.

    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 presentation

    • 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.