marsha smsqMarsha Linehan, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. She is the developer of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), a highly successful treatment for suicidal behaviors and borderline personality disorder. Dr. Linehan recently revealed that she had been institutionalized as a teenager for self-harming and suicidal behaviors, likely as a result of BPD. She went on to develop DBT to help others recover from similar difficulties. In the New York Times, Dr. Linehan stated, “So many people have begged me to come forward, and I just thought — well, I have to do this. I owe it to them. I cannot die a coward”. gunderson smsq

John Gunderson, MD, is a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in Boston. At McLean Hospital he is Director of the Borderline Center’s clinical, training, and research program. His studies on the diagnosis and treatment of borderline personality disorder helped transform BPD to an internationally recognized disorder and earned him recognition as the “father” of Borderline Personality Disorder. He has increased awareness of the burdens for families and championed the involvement of families as collaborators. peter smsq

Peter Fonagy, PhD, is the Director of the Child and Family Program at The Menninger Clinic, Houston Texas and the Director of the Research Department of Clinical Health Psychology at the University College, London.  Dr. Fonagy is particularly interested in borderline personality disorder, which for a long time was assumed to be treatment resistant. He and Anthony Bateman developed a treatment for BPD – Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT). alan smsq

Alan Fruzzetti, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program at the University of Nevada, Reno. He provides extensive training for DBT in the United States and abroad. Dr. Fruzzetti is Research Director of the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEA-BPD) and is co-developer of the Family Connections Program.  Dr. Fruzzetti  teaches skills to families in order to reduce stress, conflict, depression and feelings of hopelessness; and build the family’s support for their loved one with BPD. perry smsq

Perry Hoffman, PhD, is President of the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder and Research Associate at Weill Medical College at Cornell University in New York. NEA-BPD raises public awareness about BPD by providing education and promoting research; and has hosted over 30 conferences worldwide, featuring internationally recognized BPD researchers and scientists. Dr. Hoffman, along with Dr. Fruzzetti, developed Family Connections, a twelve week educational program for families who have a member with BPD. Alec smsq

Alec Miller, PsyD, is the Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, and is also the Director of the Adolescent Depression and Suicide Program. Dr. Miller has become internationally known in the areas of adolescent suicide, non-suicidal self-injury, and borderline personality disorder.  Since 1995, he has directed a clinical research team adapting DBT for outpatient suicidal multi-problem adolescents. antonia smsq

Antonia New, MD, is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY. Her research focus is on problems regulating emotions which result in symptoms such as impulsive aggressive behaviors and borderline personality disorder. She uses brain imaging techniques, genetic studies, and laboratory assessment of behavior to explore and develop treatments for emotion dysregulation, a key feature of BPD. mary smsq

Mary Zanarini, EdD, oversees an extensive research program at McLean Hospital in Belmont Massachusetts. Dr. Zanarini and her colleagues at McLean have followed, for over 10 years, nearly 300 former inpatients with borderline personality disorder. Within that time half of the patients in the study achieved recovery- no longer meeting diagnostic criteria for borderline personality disorder as well as achieving good social and occupational functioning. Dr. Zanarini is also the author of McLean Screening Instrument for Borderline Personality Disorder. valerie smsq

Valerie Porr, MA, is a mental health advocate and the founder and President of the Treatment and Research Advancements National Association for Personality Disorder (TARA NAPD). She conducts psycho-educational training seminars for family members of those with BPD in New York and elsewhere.seminars for family members of those with BPD in New York and elsewhere.seminars for family members of those with BPD in New York and elsewhere.seminars for family members of those with BPD in New York and elsewhere. frank smsq

Frank Yeomans, PhD, is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York and Director of Training at the Personality Disorders Institute of Weill-Cornell. Dr. Yeomans’ primary interests are the development, investigation, teaching, and practice of psychotherapy for personality disorders. He has authored and co-authored books on Transference-Focused Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality Disorder. jon smsq

Jon G. Allen, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston TX. He is also Senior Staff Psychologist at the Menninger Clinic, , specializing in trauma-related disorders and depression. His clinical work includes conducting psychotherapy with clients, diagnostic consultations and psycho-educational programs.



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National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder
The mission of the NEA-BPD is to raise public awareness, provide education, promote research and BPD, and enhance the quality of life of those affected by this serious mental illness. GO→


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Founded in 1979, NAMI has become the nation’s voice on mental illness. As the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization, it is dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and as well as their families, through advocacy, research, support, and education. GO→


Borderline Personality Disorder Demystified
This web site is intended for people with borderline personality disorder, for their families, and for psychiatrists and other mental health care providers. Selected information provides an understanding of the symptoms, history, causes and nature of BPD. Also presented are the various methods of treatment now available as well as of their effectiveness and risks. GO→


Behavioral Tech, LLC.
Founded by Dr. Marsha Linehan, trains mental health care providers and treatment teams who work with complex and severely disordered populations in the use of compassionate, scientifically valid treatments and to implement and evaluate these treatments in their practice setting. GO→


National Institute of Mental Health
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead Federal agency for research on mental and behavioral disorders, and is one of 27 components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The NIMH is actively involved in strategic planning and priority-setting for the Institute as whole as well as for specific research areas. GO→


Borderline Personality Disorder Resource Center
The Borderline Personality Disorder Resource Center (BPDRC) at New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical College has been set up specifically to help those impacted by the disorder find the most current and accurate information on the nature of BPD, and on sources of available treatment. GO→


National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression
The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is committed to alleviating the suffering caused by mental illness by awarding grants that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research. 100% of all donor contributions for research are invested in NARSAD Grants, leading to discoveries in understanding causes and improving treatments of mental disorders.  GO→