The North American Society for the Study of Personality Disorders (NASSPD)

Pittsburgh, PA US
April 2, 2020 to April 4, 2020

The North American Society for the Study of Personality Disorders (NASSPD) is an organization devoted to research concerning personality disorders.

During the past decade, the view of personality disorders has changed dramatically. Rather than being seen as chronic conditions, it has been found that they have a particularly good symptomatic outcome. We are committed to further research on these disorders. We are also committed to informing clinicians, patients, and their family members about the latest information concerning this set of disorders. Finally, we are committed to aggressively advocating for the funding that these common but disabling disorders deserve. As we move forward, we look to established leaders in the field for guidance. We also hope to cultivate a new generation of researchers who will advance the field and by doing so, will lessen the suffering of these challenging patients.

The three-day conference will be for learning and networking. NASSPD is committed to informing others about the latest in personality disorder research. From inspiring keynotes to engaging workshops and presentations, NASSPD 2020 is the place to discover all this year’s most buzzworthy breakthroughs in the field. Continuing education credits will be available.

Expand your network and connect with both new and established leaders across the field of personality disorder research. NASSPD is not just an opportunity to learn, but the foremost opportunity to make lasting connections with others across the discipline.

Target Audience

Psychiatrists, clinical and research psychologists, social workers, psychiatric residents, and psychology interns.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of the program, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the underlying neurobiological findings that correlates with suicide risk and will develop an algorithm to manage this risk in patients with personality.
  2. Describe how to match patient characteristics with specific forms of psychotherapy and select appropriate psychosocial treatments for the personality disorders.
  3. Implement an action plan to more effectively engage family members in the discussion of diagnosis and prognosis with their loved one with a personality disorder.

Additional Information

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 0.25 Attendance
Course opens: 
04/02/2020
Course expires: 
12/31/2021
Event starts: 
04/02/2020 - 8:00am
Event ends: 
04/04/2020 - 6:00pm

April 2, 2020 Schedule

8:00-09:00     Registration

9:00-09:10     Introduction

Stephanie Stepp, PhD, NASSPD President, University of Pittsburgh

9:10-12:30     Transference-Focused Psychotherapy for Working

with Patients with Borderline and Narcissistic Personality

Features

    12:30-13:30     Lunch on own

    13:30-13:40     Introduction

Stephanie Stepp, PhD, NASSPD President, University of Pittsburgh

13:40-17:00     Working with Emotions in Dialectical Behavior Therapy

 17:00              Adjournment

 

 

8th Annual Conference Agenda

 

Friday, April 3rd, 2020

 

07:30-08:45

Registration, Poster Setup

 

08:45-09:00

Opening Remarks

 

 

Stephanie Stepp, PhD, NASSPD President, University of Pittsburgh

 

09:00-09:45

Plenary Session (Shelley McMain)

 

 

Shelley McMain, PhD, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

 

09:45-10:00

Break

 

10:00-11:15

Parallel Sessions

 

 

What Works and Why? Mechanism-Focused Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder

Chair: Julianne Wilner Tirpak, MA, Boston University

Discussant: Kim Gratz, PhD, University of Toledo

 

 

Does DBT result in module-specific symptom change?  The role of emotion regulation skills in changing symptoms across domains

 

 

Jennifer Cheavens, PhD, The Ohio State University

 

 

A multi-study examination of emotional clarity as a BPD treatment mechanism

 

 

Skye Fitzpatrick, PhD, York University

 

 

Theories of borderline personality disorder: A mechanistic evaluation

 

 

Julianne Wilner Tirpak, MA, Boston University

 

 

Isolating mechanisms in the treatment of borderline personality disorder

 

 

Shannon Sauer-Zavala, PhD, University of Kentucky

 

 

Hierarchical Taxonomy of Psychopathology (HiTOP): Personality—Psychopathology Connections

Discussant: Lee Anna Clark, PhD, University of Notre Dame

 

 

HiTOP and Criterion A of the AMPD

 

 

Thomas Widiger, PhD, University of Kentucky

 

 

Higher order dimensions of psychopathology and borderline personality disorder symptoms in partial hospitalization patients

 

 

Christopher Conway, PhD, Fordham University

 

 

Development of measures to assess the Hierarchical Taxonomy of Psychopathology (HiTOP):  Integration of personality pathology with psychiatric symptomatology

 

 

Leonard Simms, PhD, The State University of New York at Buffalo

 

 

Linking structure and function: The hierarchy of personality and psychopathology in daily life

 

 

Aidan Wright, PhD, University of Pittsburgh

 

 

Physical Health, Functioning, and Borderline Personality Disorder

Chair: Mary Zanarini, EdD, Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital

Discussant: Joel Paris, MD, McGill University

 

 

Severity of physical pain and its interference in psychosocial functioning reported by patients with borderline personality disorder and personality-disordered comparison subjects followed prospectively over a decade

 

 

Mary Zanarini, EdD, Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital

 

 

Longitudinal description and prediction of smoking among borderline patients: An 18-year follow-up study

 

 

Marcelo Brañas, MD, University of São Paulo

 

The relationship between psychosocial impairment, health status, and borderline personality disorder over time

 

 

Frances Frankenburg, MD, Boston University School of Medicine

 

11:15-12:30

Parallel Sessions

 

 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy 2020—New Directions and Novel Adaptations

Chair: Marianne Goodman, MD, James J Peters VAMC

Discussant: Shelley McMain, PhD, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

 

 

Project Life Force- A DBT adaptation for high risk suicidal individuals leveraging safety planning and group cohesion

 

 

Marianne Goodman, MD, James J Peters VAMC

 

 

A modified DBT program for dysregulated treatment court participants

 

 

Emily Edwards, PhD, James J Peters VAMC

 

 

When suicidality hits home: supporting families through the trauma and chaos

 

 

Luciana Payne, PhD, McLean Hospital

 

 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy for mothers with borderline personality disorder

 

 

Stephanie Stepp, PhD, University of Pittsburgh

 

 

Modeling Personality Pathology: Novel Applications of Quantitative Methods

Chair: Jessica Peters, PhD, Brown University

 

 

Determining the key childhood and adolescent risk factors for future BPD using regularized regression: comparison to depression and conduct disorder

 

 

Joseph Beeney, PhD, University of Pittsburgh

 

 

Borderline personality disorder symptom networks in adults and adolescents: Reliability of network features across clinical samples

 

 

Jessica Peters, PhD, Brown University

 

 

Contrasting multiple quantitative approaches to identifying core components of Cluster B pathology

 

 

Michael Crowe, MA, Brown University

 

 

The structure of psychopathology in clinically referred early adolescents:  Objectives for new research and qualified evidence of a general psychopathology factor

 

 

Vera Vine, PhD, University of Pittsburgh

 

 

Individual Paper Presentations (Personality Psychopathology and Aggression)

 

 

Pathological personality, relationship satisfaction, and intimate partner aggression: Analyses using the dsm-5 alternative model of personality disorder traits

 

 

Madison Smith, MS, Purdue University

 

 

Personality disorders and intimate partner aggression:  A replication and extension in older, married couples

 

 

Susan South, PhD, Purdue University

 

 

Lower amygdala fatty acid amide hydrolase level in violent offenders with antisocial personality disorder: A [11C]CURB positron emission tomography study

 

 

Nathan Kolla, MD, PhD, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

 

 

Exploring the roots of aggression: The hierarchical structure of antagonism across personality disorders

 

 

William Calabrese, PhD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai

 

 

 

 

12:30-13:45

Lunch - Poster Session

 

13:45-15:00

Parallel Sessions

 

 

New Constructs in Developmental Affect Dysregulation: Capturing Transdiagnostic and Symptom-Specific Risk for Psychopathology

 

 

Bridging body and mind in emotion experience: Individual differences in cardiac-subjective affect concordance and psychopathology

 

 

Vera Vine, PhD, University of Pittsburgh

 

 

Understanding the disconnect between physiological arousal and subjective experience among youth with externalizing problems and callous-unemotional traits

 

 

Amy Byrd, PhD, University of Pittsburgh

 

 

The psychiatric, behavioral, and neural correlates of early childhood overcontrol

 

 

Kristen Gilbert, PhD, Washington University School of Medicine

 

 

Self-referential neural processing: Relation to self-concept and depressive symptoms in early-adolescent girls

 

 

Rosalind Butterfield, MS, University of Pittsburgh

 

 

Physiological activation during the processing of dysphoric affect by youths at high and low familial risk for depression

 

 

Shimrit Daches, PhD, Bar-Ilan University

 

 

Emotion is the Mechanism: The Role of Emotional Responses and Regulation Strategies Within Transdiagnostic Personality Dysfunction

Chair: Kibby McMahon, MA, Duke University

Discussant: M. Zachary Rosenthal, PhD, Duke University

 

 

Considering the role of emotion regulation and anxiety in misophonia and personality disorders

 

 

Clair Robbins, PhD, Duke University

 

 

A day in the life of borderline personality disorder: Hour-by-hour associations between emotions and emotion regulation behaviors

 

 

Matthew Southward, PhD, University of Kentucky

 

 

The naturalistic unfolding of emotions in borderline personality disorder: From prompting events to unique behaviors

 

 

Nicole Cardona, MA, Boston University

 

 

The impact of a brief, emotion regulation intervention on the ability to perceive other people’s emotions in a transdiagnostic sample.

 

 

Kibby McMahon, MA, Duke University

 

 

Thorny Problems in the Clinical Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder

Chair: Sarah Fineberg, MD, PhD, Yale University

 

 

Augmenting risk management: Practical applications of Transference-Focused Psychotherapy (TFP) principles

 

 

Richard Hersh, MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

 

 

Deprescribing in borderline personality disorder

 

 

Sarah Fineberg, MD, PhD, Yale University

 

 

Thorny issues in educating residents to treat BPD

 

 

Daniel Price, MD, Tufts University School of Medicine/Maine Medical Center

 

15:00-15:15

Break

 

 

 

15:15-16:30

Parallel Sessions

 

 

Speed Data-ing Talks

 

 
  1. Borderline personality disorder features and memory bias for interpersonal partner traits

 

 

Kristen Howard, MA, The Ohio State University

 

 
  1. Changes in post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms during residential treatment for borderline personality disorder: A longitudinal cross-lagged study

 

 

Mackenzie Cummings, BA, Boston VA Medical Center

 

 
  1. The role of emotion regulation in the relationship between BPD and impulsivity

 

 

Elinor Waite, BA, University of Massachusetts Amherst

 

 
  1. Screening for borderline personality pathology on college campuses

 

 

Kiana Wall, MA, University of Houston

 

 
  1. A novel computational account of implicit suicide cognition in BPD

 

 

Kaylee Null, Pomona College

 

 
  1. Testing the influence of brooding and anger rumination on the association between suicidal outcomes and BPD features in college students

 

 

Grace Cho, ALM, University of Massachusetts Amherst

 

 
  1. Do borderline personality disorder features predict emotion regulation use and outcomes in daily life? An ecological momentary assessment study

 

 

Kayla Scamaldo, MA, University of Toledo

 

 
  1. Sympathetic arousal moderates effects of bpd features on anger reactivity during social rejection

 

 

Cheyene Horner, BA, Cleveland State University

 

 
  1. Direct and indirect effects of change in mentalizing and emotion regulation on borderline symptom change during inpatient treatment

 

 

Francesca Penner, MA, University of Houston

 

 

Using Interpersonal Theory and Dynamic Modeling to Understand Personality Pathology

Chair: Whitney Ringwald, MSW, MS, University of Pittsburgh

 

 

Influence of interpersonal perception, alcohol, and serotonin on quarrelsome behavior 

 

 

Gentiana Sadikaj, PhD, McGill University/Concordia University

 

 

Affective and interpersonal perceptions during brief psychotherapy for depression

 

 

Jeffrey Girard, PhD, Carnegie Mellon University

 

 

Personality pathology and daily interpersonal problems

 

 

Michael Roche, PhD, The Pennsylvania State College Altoona

 

 

The affiliative role of empathy in everyday interactions

 

 

Whitney Ringwald, MSW, MS, University of Pittsburgh

 

16:30-17:45

Parallel Sessions

 

 

Momentary Interpersonal Processes of Antagonism and Related Personality Disorders

Chair: Elizabeth Edershile, MS, University of Pittsburgh

Discussant: Aaron Pincus, The Pennsylvania State University

 

 

Contextual triggers within narcissism: A momentary approach

 

 

Elizabeth Edershile, MS, University of Pittsburgh

 

 

Antagonism in daily life

 

 

Colin Vize, MS, Purdue University

 

 

Attachment and borderline personality disorder: Differential effects on daily socio-affective processes

 

 

Aleksandra Kaurin, PhD, University of Pittsburgh

 

 

Individual Paper Presentations (Antisocial Personality Disorder/Psychopathy, Impulsivity and Suicide)

 

 

Examining the structure of the triarchic psychopathy measure:  Sharpening assessment of psychopathy constructs

 

 

Kasey Stanton, PhD, Virginia Tech

 

 

Personalized models of psychopathology as contextualized dynamic processes: An example from individuals with borderline personality disorder

 

 

William Woods, MS, University of Pittsburgh

 

 

Exploring a cascade model of urgency: Momentary dynamics of stress, positive experience, affect, and impulsivity and their correlates

 

 

Brinkley Sharpe, BA, University of Pittsburgh

 

 

Possible underreporting on the MMPI-2-RF and its implications for suicide risk assessment: Findings from inpatient and outpatient settings.

 

 

Lauren Khazem, PhD, National Center for Veterans Studies, University of Utah

 

 

A Q&A Panel on Grant Writing for Young Researchers: NIH, NSF, and Beyond

 

 

 

 

 

 

17:45

Convener: Benjamin Johnson, MS, The Pennsylvania State University

Panel members: Joseph Beeney, PhD, University of Pittsburgh; Kenneth Levy, PhD, The Pennsylvania State University; Lori Scott, PhD, University of Pittsburgh; Carla Sharp, PhD, University of Houston; Aliona Tsypes, MA, The State University of New York at Binghamton; Salome Vanwoerden, MA, University of Houston

Adjournment

 

 

Saturday, April 4th, 2020

 

 

 

 

08:30-09:15

Plenary Session

 

 

Joel Paris, MD, McGill University

 

09:15-09:30

Break

 

09:30-10:45

Parallel Sessions

 

 

15 Minute Pitches on the Meaning of Criterion A

Chair: Carla Sharp, PhD, University of Houston

Discussant: Lee Anna Clark, PhD, University of Notre Dame

 

 

Criterion A viewed through a developmental lens

 

 

Carla Sharp, PhD, University of Houston

 

 

Importance of self and other in defining personality pathology

 

 

Aaron Pincus, PhD, The Pennsylvania State University

 

 

Criterion A and the Five Factor Model

 

 

Thomas Widiger, PhD, University of Kentucky

 

 

An object relations perspective on the DSM-5's alternative model for personality disorders

 

 

Kenneth Levy, PhD, The Pennsylvania State University

 

 

Social Influences on Emotional, Cognitive, and Behavioral Responding in Borderline Personality Disorder and Related Pathology

Chair: Kim Gratz, PhD, University of Toledo

 

 

Impact of in-vivo and future social rejection on self-esteem in borderline personality pathology

 

 

Julia Richmond, MA, University of Toledo

 

 

 

The influence of social rejection on responses to an analogue addictive behaviors paradigm among young adults with BPD pathology

 

 

Kim Gratz, PhD, University of Toledo

 

 

The relevance of perceived social and emotional scarcity to emotional responding in the laboratory among adults with borderline personality pathology

 

 

Keith Edmonds, MA, University of Toledo

 

 

Learning in BPD: The influence of social stimuli and emotional state

 

 

Katherine Dixon-Gordon, PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst

 

 

Dynamic Risk Factors for Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors in Youth and Young Adults

Chair: Lori Scott, PhD, University of Pittsburgh

Discussant: Tina Goldstein, PhD, University of Pittsburgh

 

 

Last night’s sleep predicts today’s suicidal ideation among high-risk depressed adolescents and college students: Preliminary results from a longitudinal multi-method investigation of the sleep-suicide association

 

 

Tina Goldstein, PhD, University of Pittsburgh

 

 

Examining theory-based risk factors for suicide: What can we learn from an ideographic approach?

 

 

Sarah Brown, PhD, University of Pittsburgh

 

 

The daily experiences and relationships (DEAR) study: An intensive longitudinal study of dynamic suicide risk processes in young adults

 

 

Lori Scott, PhD, University of Pittsburgh

 

 

Am I really here?  Dissociation in daily life and adolescent suicide risk

 

 

Vera Vine, PhD, University of Pittsburgh

 

10:45-12:00

Parallel Sessions

 

 

Moderators of the Relationship between Personality, Personality Disorders, and Self-Injurious Thoughts and Behaviors

Chair: Matthew Tull, PhD, University of Toledo

 

 

The moderating effect of extraversion on the link between neuroticism with suicide ideation, single attempts, and multiple attempts

 

 

Hilary DeShong, PhD, Mississippi State University

 

 

Perceived efficacy for emotion regulation: Examining general and comparative emotion regulation self-efficacy in borderline personality disorder and nonsuicidal self-injury

 

 

Tara Spitzen, MA, University of Toledo

 

 

The role of dispositional capability for suicide in suicidal ideation and attempts among patients with borderline personality disorder: Examination of the COMT Val158Met polymorphism

 

 

Matthew Tull, PhD, University of Toledo

 

 

Suicide risk among individuals with BPD features and reduced pain sensitivity

 

 

Lauren Haliczer, MA, University of Massachusetts Amherst

 

 

Narcissistic Personality Disorder: Recent Developments in Studies and Treatment

Chair: Ela Ronningstam, PhD, Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital

Discussant: Glen Gabbard, MD, Baylor College of Medicine

 

 

Facilitators and obstacles for change in pathological narcissism and narcissistic personality disorder

 

 

Elsa Ronningstam, PhD, Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital

 

 

Are all individuals with pathological narcissism or narcissistic personality disorder really vulnerable deep down inside? And do they need positive affirmations?

 

 

Michal Weiss, PhD, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

 

 

Transference and countertransference in dynamic psychotherapy with patients with pathological narcissism

 

 

Holly Crisp, MD, Baylor College of Medicine

 

 

Current Research on the Neurobiology of Borderline Personality Disorder

 

 

Amygdala resting state functional connectivity in bipolar II and borderline personality disorders

 

 

D. Bradford Reich, MD, Harvard Medical School

 

 

Cumulative life stress and hippocampal activation during recognition memory in major depressive disorder and borderline personality disorder

 

 

Anthony C. Ruocco, PhD, University of Toronto

 

 

Embodiment and borderline personality disorder

 

 

Royce Lee, MD, The University of Chicago

 

 

Distinct neural correlates of provoked aggressive behavior in borderline personality disorder

 

 

Jennifer Fanning, PhD, McLean Hospital

 

12:00-13:00

Lunch

 

13:00-13:45

Plenary Session (Jill Hooley)

 

 

Jill Hooley, PhD, Harvard University

 

13:45-14:30

Parallel Sessions

 

 

Novel Treatment Approaches in Borderline Personality Disorder

Chair: Sarah Fineberg, MD, PhD, Yale University

 

 

Peer interventions as a protective factor to support recovery in borderline personality disorder

 

 

Paula Tusiani-Eng, LMSW, MDiv, Emotions Matter, Inc.

 

 

Jillian Papa, MPH, Action for Healthy Kids

 

 

Magnetic seizure therapy for treatment-resistant depression and suicide ideation in patients with borderline personality disorder: Results from an open-label feasibility trial

 

 

Jenna Traynor, PhD, Cpsych, University of Toronto Scarborough/Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

 

 

Mapping treatment components to targets in dialectical behavior therapy

 

 

Katherine Dixon-Gordon, PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst

 

 

Individual Paper Presentations (Personality Disorder Symptoms and Treatment)

 

 

Tailoring social support strategies to individuals with borderline personality features

 

 

Stella Nicolaou, BA, Gettysburg College and University of Barcelona

 

 

Recurrent major depression with or without personality disorder: Does it matter who patients talk about in psychotherapy?

 

 

John Christopher Perry, MD, MPH, McGill University

 

 

Modification of treatment principles for various types of Narcissistic Personality Disorder patients

 

 

Igor Weinberg, PhD, Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital

 

 

Borderline personality and related pathologies as a network of temporally connected symptoms

 

 

Haya Fatimah, MA, University of South Florida

 

 

Individual Paper Presentations (Borderline Personality Disorder: Etiology, Differential Diagnosis and Treatment)

 

 

How participants with borderline personality disorder experience a 22-week Dialectical Behavioral Therapy group in a non-traditional therapeutic setting

 

 

Aaron Shalan-Webb, MS, The Priory Hospital Roehampton London/Body & Soul Non-Traditional Therapeutic Setting

 

 

Effects of parental environment on genetic and environmental contributions to borderline personality features in adolescents 

 

 

Haya Fatimah, MA, University of South Florida

 

 

Integrating Dialectical Behavior Therapy and parenting interventions for at-risk parent child dyads

 

 

Maureen Zalewski, PhD, University of Oregon

 

 

Bipolar and borderline personality disorder comorbidity: Differential diagnosis and implications for treatment

 

 

Nina Hotkowski, MSW, Western Psychiatric Hospital

 

14:30-14:45

Break

 

14:45-15:30

Awards Ceremony

 

15:30-15:45

Closing Remarks

 

 

15:45

Stephanie Stepp, PhD, NASSPD President, University of Pittsburgh

Adjournment

 

The Westin Pittsburgh
1000 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
United States

Course Director

Stephanie D. Stepp, PhD
President, NASSPD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology
Principal Investigator, STEADY Study and Mood-Y
Study University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA

 

Faculty

Dara E. Babinski, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry
Pennsylvania State College of Medicine
Hershey, PA

Joseph E. Beeney, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital
Pittsburgh, PA

Marcelo Brañas, MD
Clinical Psychiatrist
University of São Paulo
Institute of Psychiatry
Butanta, São Paulo, Brazil

Sarah L. Brown, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate
Department of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, PA

Rosalind D. Butterfield, MS
Graduate Student
Department of Psychology
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Amy L. Byrd, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital
Pittsburgh, PA 

William Calabrese, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher
Department of Psychiatry
Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai
New York, NY

Nicole Cardona, MA
Graduate Research Fellow
Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders
Boston University
Boston, MA

Jennifer Cheavens, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH

Qi Chen
Undergraduate Research Assistant
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Grace Cho, ALM
Graduate Student
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Clinical Affective Science Lab
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA

Alexandria M. Choate, BA
Graduate Student
Department of Psychology
University of South Florida
Tampa, FL

Lee Ann Clark, PhD
Professor of Psychology and Chair
Department of Psychology
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN

Christopher C. Conway, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology
Fordham University
New York, NY

Holly Crisp-Han, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX

Michael Crowe, MA
Doctoral Candidate
Brown University
Providence, RI

Thomas M. Crow, MA
Doctoral Candidate
Department of Psychology
Pennsylvania State College
State College, PA

Mackenzie H. Cummings, BA
Research Technician
Boston VA Medical Center
Boston, MA

Shimrit Daches, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
Bar-Ilan University
Ramat-Gan, Israel

Samantha C. Dashineau, MS
Graduate Student
Department of Psychological Sciences
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN

Hilary L. DeShong, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
Mississippi State University
Mississippi State, MS

Khushwant K. Dhaliwal, BA
Post-Graduate Research Fellow
Department of Psychiatry
Yale School of Medicine
New Haven, CT

Katherine L. Dixon-Gordon, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA

Kate D. Dorrell, BS
Research Assistant
UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital
Pittsburgh, PA

Linna Duan, MA
Medical Student
Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven, CT

Elizabeth A. Edershile, MS
Graduate Student
Department of Psychology
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Keith A. Edmonds, MA
Graduate Student
Department of Psychology
University of Toledo
Toledo, OH

Emily R. Edwards, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
VISN 2 MIRECC
James J. Peters VA Medical Center
Bronx, NY

Nathan V. Elia
Student Research Assistant
Department of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Jennifer R. Fanning, PhD
Associate Research Psychologist & Faculty Member
Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders Laboratory
Center for Depression, Anxiety, and Stress
McLean Hospital
Belmont, MA

Haya Fatimah, MA
Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology
Department of Psychology
University of South Florida
Tampa, FL

Sarah K. Fineberg, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry
Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven, C

Skye S. Fitzpatrick, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
York University
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Mia G. Francisco, BS
Post-Baccalaureate Research Assistant

Social Cognition, Relationships and Personality Lab
Department of Psychology
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Frances Frankenburg, MD
Professor of Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry
Boston University School of Medicine
Boston, MA

Stephanie L. Freitag, MS
Graduate Student in Clinical Psychology
Department of Psychology
Binghamton University (SUNY)
Binghamton, NY

Olivia Frigoletto, BS
Research Assistant
Department of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Glen O. Gabbard, MD
Clinical Professor
Department of Psychiatry
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX

Kristen Gilbert, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, MO

Jeffery M. Girard, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Language Technologies Institute
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA

Tina R. Goldstein, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Marianne Goodman MD
Director, Suicide Prevention Clinical and Research Program
James J. Peters VA Medical Center
Director, Suicide Prevention Clinical and Research Program
Associate Director, Mental Illness, Education, Research, Clinical Care Center (MIRECC), VISN 2
Professor, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Past President, North American Society for the Study of Personality Disorders (NASSPD)
New York, NY

Kim L. Gratz, PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Psychology
University of Toledo
Toledo, OH

Lauren A. Haliczer, MA
Graduate Student
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA

Katherine E. Hein, MHS
Research Assistant
McLean Hospital
Belmont, MA

Richard G. Hersch, MD
Special Lecturer
Department of Psychiatry
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
New York, NY

Jill M. Hooley, D. Phil.
Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

Cheyene K. Horner, BA
Graduate Student
Department of Psychology
Cleveland State University
Cleveland, OH

Nina J. Hotowski, MSW
LCSW/Senior Research Clinician
Child and Adolescent Bipolar Spectrum Services
Western Psychiatric Hospital
Pittsburgh, PA

Kristen P. Howard, MA
Graduate Student
Department of Psychology
The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH

Gabrielle S. Ilagan, BA
Research Assistant
Adult Borderline Center and Training Institute
McLean Hospital
Belmont, MA

Evan Illiakis, BA
Clinical Research Assistant
Adult Borderline Center and Training Institute
Harvard Medical School
McLean Hospital
Belmont, MA

Samantha H. Ingram, MS
Graduate Student |
Department of Psychology
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN

Noah Jennette
Undergraduate Research Assistant
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Benjamin N. Johnson, MS
Doctoral Candidate
Department of Psychology
Laboratory for Personality, Psychopathology, and Psychotherapy Research
Pennsylvania State University
State College, PA

Aleksandra Kaurin, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Psychology
Personality Processes and Outcomes Laboratory
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Sophie Kerr, BA
Doctoral Student
Department of Psychology
University of Houston
Houston, TX

Lauren Khazem, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
National Center for Veterans Studies
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT

Nathan J. Kolla, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Chloe M. Lambrinidou
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Department of Psychology
Ponoma College
Claremont, CA

Joely M. Lawless
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Department of Psychology
Social Cognition, Relationships, and Personality Lab
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Royce J. Lee, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience
The University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Kenneth N. Levy, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of PsychologyPennsylvania State University
State College, PA

Alexis Mattia, BS
Doctoral Student, Clinical Psychology
Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology 
Rutgers University
Piscataway, NJ

Kibby McMahon, MA
Graduate Student

Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Duke University
Durham, NC

Shelley McMain, Ph.D., C.Psych
Head, Borderline Personality Disorder Clinic
Clinician Scientist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
Associate Professor
Director, Psychotherapy, Humanities, and Psychosocial Interventions (PHPI) Division,
Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
General Vice President Elect, Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Mikaela Milinkovic, BPsycSc
Graduate Student
School of Psychology
University of Sydney
Sydney, Australia

Megan A. Miller
Undergraduate Research Assistant
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Eli S. Neustadter, MSc
Medical Student
Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven, CT

Stella Nicolaou, BA
Graduate Student
Department of Psychology
Gettysburg College and University of Barcelona
Gettysburg, PA & Barcelona, Spain

Kaylee E. Null
Undergraduate Student
Department of Psychology
Pomona College
Claremont, CA

Emily O’Gorman, MA
Graduate Student
Department of Psychology
University of Toledo
Toledo, OH

Jessica G. Hernadez Ortiz, BS
Graduate Student
Department of Psychology
University of Houston
Houston, TX

Jillian Papa, MPH
Director of Research and Evaluation
Action for Healthy Kids
Chicago, IL

Joel Paris, MD
Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry
McGill University
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Nikita G. Parulkar, BS
Research Assistant
Clinical Affective Sciences Lab
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA

Luciana G. Payne, PhD
Clinical Psychologist
3East Residential DBT Program
Harvard Medical School
Department of Psychiatry
McLean Hospital
Belmont, MA

Francesca L. Penner, MA
Graduate Student
Department of Psychology
Developmental Psychopathology Lab
University of Houston
Houston, TX

John Christopher Perry, MD, MPH
Professor of Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry
McGill University
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Jessica R. Peters, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Brown University
Providence, RI

Aaron Pincus, PhD
Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology
Pennsylvania State University
State College, PA

Daniel G. Price, MD
Assistant Professor and Director of Residency Training
Department of Psychiatry
Tufts University School of Medicine/Maine Medical Center
Boston, MA

D. Bradford Reich, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

Julia R. Richmond, MA
Graduate Student
Department of Psychology
University of Toledo
Toledo, OH

Whitney Ringwald, MSW, MS
Graduate Student
Department of Psychology
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Clair Robbins, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science
Duke University School of Medicine
Durham, NC

Michael Roche, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
Pennsylvania State University – Altoona
Altoona, PA

Elsa Ronningstam, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School/ McLean Hospital
Boston, MA & Belmont, MA

M. Zachary Rosenthal, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Director, Center for Misophonia and Emotion Regulation
Director, Cognitive Behavioral Research and Treatment Program

Director, Clinical Psychology Fellowship Program
Co-Chief Psychologist
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences &

Department of Psychology & Neuroscience
Duke University

Durham, NC

Anthony C. Ruocco, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
University of Toronto Scarborough
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Gentiana Sadikaj, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
McGill University/Concordia University
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Shannon Sauer-Zavala, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY

Kayla M. Scamaldo, MA
Graduate Student
Department of Psychology
University of Toledo
Toledo, OH

Lori N. Scott, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Tanya V. Shah
Undergraduate Student
Department of Psychological Science
Ponoma College Mind Lab
Ponoma College
Claremont, California

Aaron Shalan-Webb, MS
Cognitive Behavioral Therapist
The Priory Hospital Roehampton London/ Body & Soul Non-Traditional Therapeutic Setting
Roehampton, London, United Kingdom

Carla Sharp, PhD
Professor and Director of Clinical Training
Department of Psychology
Developmental Psychopathology Lab
University of Houston
Houston, TX

Brinkley M. Sharpe, BA
Laboratory Manager
Department of Psychology
Personality Processes and Outcomes Laboratory
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Brandon M. Sibbach
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Department of Psychology
Social Cognition Relationship and Personality (SCRAP) Lab
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Leonard J. Simms, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
State University of New York At Buffalo
Buffalo, NY

Alison L. Smith
Undergraduate Student & Research Assistant
Department of Psychology
Social, Cognition, Relationships, and Personality Lab
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Madison S. Smith, MS
Doctoral Candidate
Department of Psychological Sciences
Relationships and Mental Health Lab
Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana

Susan C. South, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Psychological Sciences
Relationships and Mental Health Lab
Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana

Matthew W. Southward, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar
Department of Psychology
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY

Tara L. Spitzen, MA
Graduate Student
Department of Psychology
University of Toledo
Toledo, OH

Kasey Stanton, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Blacksburg, VA

Christina Temes, PhD
Lecturer
Department of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

Julianne Wilner Tirpak, MA
Graduate Student
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Boston University
Boston, MA

Jenna M. Traynor, PhD, Cpsych
Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Psychology
University of Toronto Scarborough
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Aliona Tsypes, M.S.
PhD Candidate
Department of Psychology
Binghamton University (SUNY)
Binghamton, NY

Paula Tusiani-Eng, LMSW, MDiv
President/Executive Director
Emotions Matter Inc.
Garden City, NY

Matthew T. Tull, PhD
Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology
University of Toledo
Toledo, OH

Evelyn Hernandez Valencia, BA
Research Assistant
Department of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Salome Vanwoerden, MA
Doctoral Candidate, Clinical Psychology

University of Houston
Clinical Psychology Intern
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
Houston, Texas & Pittsburgh, PA

Vera Vine, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Western Psychiatric Hospital
Pittsburgh, PA

Colin E. Vize, MA
Graduate Student
Department of Psychological Sciences
Purdue University
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
West Lafayette, IN & Pittsburgh, PA

Elinor E. Waite, BA
Graduate Student
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA

Kiana Wall, MA
Graduate Student

Department of Psychology
University of Houston
Houston, TX

Igor Weinberg PhD
Assistant Professor
McLean Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Belmont, MA & Boston, MA

Michal Weiss, PhD
Clinical Psychologist
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Jerusalem, Israel

Emma-Clementine O. Welsh, BA
Graduate Student, Dept. of Psychology
Binghamton University (SUNY)
Binghamton, NY

Thomas Widifer, PhD
Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY

William C. Woods, MS
Graduate Student
Department of Psychology
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Aidan G.C. Wright, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Maureen Zalewski, PhD
Associate Professor
Psychology Department
University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon

Mary C. Zanarini, EdD
Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School/ McLean Hospital
Boston, MA & Belmont, MA

 

Physicians
In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) andthe Accreditation  Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 19.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity. 

Psychologists
UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program is being offered for up to 17.5 continuing education credits.

Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors/Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professionals: CADC/CCDP
The Office of Educational Resources and Planning, UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital is certified by the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) to provide Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) and Certified Co-occurring Disorders Professional (CCDP) continuing education credits. This program is being offered for up to 17.5 continuing education credits.

Counselors
UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5059. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital is solely responsible for all aspects of this program. This program is being offered for up to 17.5 continuing education hours.

Licensed/Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists: LSW/LCSW/LPC/LMFT
This program is offered for up to 17.5 hours of social work continuing education through co-sponsorship of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work, a Council on Social Work Education-accredited school and, therefore, a PA pre- approved provider of social work continuing education. These credit hours satisfy requirements for LSW/LCSW, LPC and LMFT biennial license renewal. For information on social work continuing education call (412) 624-3711.

Other Healthcare Professionals
Nurses and other health care professionals are awarded up to 1.75 Continuing Education Units (CEU's). One CEU is equal to 10 contact hours. Nurses: For attending this program you will receive a Certificate of Attendance confirming up to 17.5 hours of continuing education. These hours may be considered eligible for completing the 30 hours of continuing education required for biannual nursing re-licensure in Pennsylvania.

Available Credit

  • 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 0.25 Attendance
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Due to COVID 19, theThe North American Society for the Study of Personality Disorders (NASSPD) Conferences is being cancelled. 
 

Registration Information at https://www.nasspd.org/

Thursday, April 2, 2020 Early Bird Registrants (until 11:59 pm EST on March 1, 2020):
Professional NASSPD Members: $110; Trainee/Family/Consumers NASSPD Members: $55
Professional Non-members: $160; Trainee /Family/Consumers Non-Members: $80

Thursday, April 2, 2020 Standard Rate Registrants: Rates begin on March 2, 2020:
Professional NASSPD Members: $150; Trainee/Family/Consumers NASSPD Members: $75
Professional Non-members: $200; Trainee /Family/Consumers Non-Members: $100

3-Day Conference Early Bird Registrants (until 11:59 pm EST on March 1, 2020):
Professional NASSPD Members: $325; Trainee/Family/Consumers NASSPD Members: $175
Professional Non-members: $475; Trainee /Family/Consumers Non-Members: $250
3-Day Conference Standard Rate Registrants. Rates begin on March 2, 2020:
Professional NASSPD Members: $425; Trainee/Family/Consumers NASSPD Members: $200
Professional Non-members: $575
; Trainee /Family/Consumers Non-Members: $300

Please contact Harmony Mohr for workshop selection at mohrh@upmc.edu.

We encourage participation by all individuals. If you have a disability or require special accommodations, advance notification of any special needs will help us better serve you. Please notify us of your needs at least two weeks in advance of the program by calling Nancy Mundy at 412-204-9090.