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Dr. Gratz and the LGBT clinic in her Division of Gender, Sexuality, and Health was featured on Mississippi Public Broadcasting Radio. You can listen to the story here.
Dr. Gratz and her Division of Gender, Sexuality, and Health within the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior was featured in the electronic CenterView (eCV) of the University of Mississippi Medical Center. You can read the article here.
Dr. Tull and his Program in Integrative Health within the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior was mentioned in the electronic CenterView (eCV) of the University of Mississippi Medical Center. You can read the article here.
Drs. Gratz and Tull were recently awarded a 4-year collaborative grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), titled "Implicit Measurement of Motivations for Non-Suicidal Self-Injury." This is a multi-site study involving Simon Fraser University (PI: Alex L. Chapman, PhD), the University of Mississippi Medical Center (PI: Kim L. Gratz, PhD; Co-I: Matthew T. Tull, PhD), and the University of Massachusetts Amherst (Co-I: Katherine L. Dixon-Gordon, PhD). Go Canada!
The PERT Lab welcomes Kelly Moore as a new psychology intern for the 2015-2016 year! Kelly Moore comes from George Mason University where she worked with Dr. June Tangney. Kelly will be working with Dr. Gratz.
The Jackson Free Press recently put out an article announcing Dr. Gratz's new Division of Gender, Sexuality, and Health within the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. You can read the article here.
Dr. Tull was recently interviewed by the Clarion Ledger about mindfulness and other integrative health services at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. You can read the article here.
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!
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:
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!
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.
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.
[From the publisher] Do you struggle with anger? Is it hurting your relationships and holding you back from living the life you want? This book offers powerful, proven-effective dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) skills to help you understand and manage anger before it gets the better of you.
Anger is a natural human emotion, and everyone feels it at some point in their lives. But if you suffer from chronic anger, it can throw your life out of balance and wreak havoc on relationships with family, friends, romantic partners, and work colleagues. So, how can you get your anger under control before it causes real consequences?
Written by two world-renowned researchers in the field of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Anger offers evidence-based skills designed to help you understand, accept, and regulate chronic anger and other intense emotions. DBT is a powerful and proven-effective treatment for regulating intense emotions such as anger. With its dialectical focus on acceptance and change, its roots in basic behavioral and emotion science, and its practical, easy-to-use skills, DBT provides a unique and effective approach for understanding and managing anger.
If you're ready to move past your anger once and for all-and start living a better life-this book will show you how.
[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
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.
[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.
[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
[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.
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