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Director, Personality Disorders Research
Director, Dialectical Behavior Therapy Clinic
Director, Division of Gender, Sexuality, and Health
Office: (601) 815-6450
Dr. Gratz is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at UMMC, where she serves as Director of Personality Disorders Research and director of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Clinic. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2003, following completion of her pre-doctoral internship training (with an emphasis on the treatment of borderline personality disorder) at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School. After being awarded the Psychosocial Fellowship from McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School in July 2003, she served as a Clinical and Research Fellow in the Center for the Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder at McLean Hospital from 2003-04, and an Assistant Research Psychologist in this program from 2004-05. In 2005, Dr. Gratz joined the Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Maryland (where she served as Director of the Personality Disorders Division of the Center for Addictions, Personality and Emotion Research for three years), and was awarded the Young Investigator’s Award of the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEA-BPD).
Dr. Gratz's clinical and research interests focus on the
role of emotion dysregulation, or
maladaptive ways of responding to emotions, in borderline personality disorder
(BPD), self-injury, and other risky behaviors (including suicidal behaviors,
substance misuse, and risky sexual behaviors). In particular, her
research focuses on understanding the nature and consequences of emotional
dysregulation and avoidance in these conditions (through the use of novel
behavioral/experimental paradigms), and applying this understanding to the
development of more effective treatments. She is also interested in
disseminating these treatments to community clinicians and training clinicians
in delivering these treatments.
Recent projects include: examining the efficacy and
underlying mechanisms of an
acceptance-based, emotion regulation group therapy (ERGT) for self-injury among
women with borderline personality pathology; examining the effectiveness of
this treatment in a large-scale nationwide study in Sweden; a laboratory-based
study of BPD-relevant personality traits and emotion regulation capacity among
women and their infants; a longitudinal study using a novel cognitive
task to examine emotional relief/regulation as a prospective predictor of
self-injury among young adults with and without BPD; development
of a structured interview for assessing DSM-5 NSSID; an examination of the
personality traits and underlying processes associated with borderline personality
symptoms in youth; and a longitudinal laboratory-based investigation of emotion
regulation as a prospective predictor of sexual revictimization and its
proximal risk factors.
Dr. Gratz currently serves as Co-Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on 5 federal grants examining emotion dysregulation, BPD, substance use, and/or mother-child relationships, including a large operating grant funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, an R01 funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, an R15 funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, an R21 funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, and an R21 funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
For more information about Dr. Gratz's research or her DBT Clinic, please visit the Personality and Emotion Research and Treatment Laboratory webpage.
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