The North American Society for the Study of Personality Disorders (NASSPD) 2022 Annual Conference

April 9, 2022

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

2022 Annual Conference


April 9, 2022

10:00 AM to 5:45 PM

Evaluation opens at 5:45 PM

               Course Director/ NASSPD President (2019-2022)
               Stephanie Stepp, PhD



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 two-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 2021 is the place to discover all this year’s most buzzworthy breakthroughs in the field. Continuing education credits and continuing medication 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

Who Should Attend

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

Learning Objectives

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

1. Describe the importance of understanding, diagnosing, and treating personality disorders starting in adolescence.

2. Describe new methodological and theoretical approaches for studying personality disorders and apply information to future research.

3. Identify effective treatment approaches to anger across a range of therapy modalities.

4. Describe ways stigma and cultural considerations factor into current approaches to clinical care, research, and our overall understanding of personality disorders, and identify action steps  for improvement.

Additional Information

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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 5.25 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.
  • 5.25 APA
  • 5.00 ASWB
  • 5.25 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
04/09/2022 - 7:30am EDT
Event ends: 
04/09/2022 - 6:00pm EDT

9th Annual NASSPD Conference Agenda - Saturday, April 9, 2022

09:45-10:00       Sign in to Zoom

10:00-10:10       Opening Remarks

10:10-11:00       Plenary Session - Level of Personality Functioning in Adolescents: Assessment, Course and Correlates
Carla Sharp, PhD, University of Houston

11:00-11:15       Break

11:15-12:45       Parallel Sessions

                            Applying Intensive Longitudinal Designs to Studying Personality Disorders

Moderator: Jessica Peters, PhD, Brown University, Alpert Medical School

Panelists: Philip Santangelo, PhD, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

                                               Lori Scott, PhD, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

                                               Brianna Turner, PhD, University of Victoria

                                               Aidan Wright, PhD, University of Pittsburgh

Beyond Venting: Managing Anger in the Clinic - A Discussion from Multiple Therapeutic Perspectives Moderator: Sarah K. Fineberg, MD, PhD, Yale School of Medicine

Panelists: Lois Choi-Kain, MEd, MD, McLean Hospital

                                               Vibh Forsythe Cox, PhD, University of Washington

                                               Frank Yeomans, MD, PhD, Columbia University

12:45-13:30       Lunch / Grantmanship Discussion Breakout Room

13:30-15:00       Parallel Sessions

                            Is Emotion Dysregulation a Core Feature of Borderline Personality Disorder?

Moderator: Katherine Dixon-Gordon, PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Panelists:  Sheila Crowell, PhD, University of Utah

                                                Kim Gratz, PhD, University of Toledo

                                                Anthony Ruocco, PhD, University of Toronto Scarborough

                                                Matthew Southward, PhD, University of Kentucky

Cultural Considerations in the Study and Treatment of Personality Disorders

Moderator: Shirley Yen, PhD
                                    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School

Panelists:  Amber Childs, PhD, Yale School of Medicine

                                               Craig Rodriguez-Seijas, PhD, University of Michigan

                                               Colleen Sloan, PhD, Boston University

15:00-16:15       Personality Disorders and Stigma: Ethics and Real-world Implications

Moderator:  Marianne Goodman, MD, Icahn School of Medicine

Panelists: Donald Black, MD, University of Iowa

                                               Sara Masland, PhD, Pomona College

                                               Kellyann Navarre, BA, Cleveland State University

                                               Eli Neustadter, MD, MSc, Yale School of Medicine

16:15-16:30       Break

16:30-17:45        POSTER BREAKOUT SESSIONS - No Continuing Education/Continuing Medical Education credits

17:45                   Adjournment





Posters - No Continuing Education/Continuing Medical Education credits


  1. Antisocial personality traits transcend species

Christopher Hopwood, PhD, Professor, University of Zurich


  1. Object Relations and Psychopathology Among Patients Entering a DBT Skills Program

Liyah Marshall, MA, Graduate Student, Wayne State University


  1. Is Emotion Dysregulation a Core Feature of Borderline Personality Disorder?

Katherine Dixon-Gordon, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts


  1. Overhauling Diagnostic Approaches: Should the Demonstration of Improved Patient Outcome Be Necessary?

Mark Zimmerman, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown University


  1. Demonstrations of How Focusing Narrowly on Model Fit in Factor Analysis can Result in Suboptimal Personality Disorder Measurement and Assessment

 Kasey Stanton, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Wyoming, Dept. of Psychology


  1. Call to Arms: Research Directions to Substantiate a Unified Model of Attachment and Personality Pathology

Madison Shea Smith, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, Purdue University


  1. Neuroimaging Studies of Nonsuicidal Self-Injury in Youth: A Systematic Review

Marcelo Brañas, MD, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Sao Paulo


  1. Aspects of Identity Formation Predict Borderline Personality Disorder Symptoms in Adolescence

Diana Whalen, PhD, Assistant Professor, Washington University in St. Louis


  1. Identifying Preschool Age Protective Factors in the Development of Borderline Personality Disorder: A Prospective Investigation

Kiran Boone, Undergraduate Student, Washington University in St. Louis


  1. Examining cooperative behavior following rupture: the role of BDP symptoms and belief flexibility

Jessica Duda, BA, Graduate Student, Yale University


  1. Funding Young Investigators in BPD Research

 Patricia Porter, PhD, Cofounder, Families for BPD Research


  1. Exploring Affect Impermanence: Positive Social Interaction Recall in Borderline Personality Disorder

Kimberly Hickey, BA, BM (pending), Undergraduate Student, Oberlin College


  1. Investigating Negative Affect Bias in Borderline Personality Disorder During Autobiographical Story Collection

Benjamine Preuschl Mihanda, BA, Research Assistant, Knox College


  1. Internalizing and Externalizing Problems Among At-Risk Preschoolers: The Mediating Role of Maternal Invalidation

 Olivia Frigoletto, BS, Clinical Research Coordinator, University of Pittsburgh


  1. CURB PET Imaging of Fatty Acid Amide Hydrolase in Borderline Personality Disorder with Comorbid Major Depressive Episodes

Michelle De Pol, BSc, Graduate Student (MSc), Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)


  1. Attachment and Alliance in therapy with individuals with borderline personality disorder

 Nathaniel Lovell-Smith, BA, Graduate Student, Penn State University


  1. Co-occurring trauma and non-suicidal self-injury among people with chronic pain: A systematic review and neurobiological framework

 Benjamin Johnson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Fairleigh Dickinson University


  1. Big Five Facets and Panic-Related Symptoms Across Three Years in World Trade Center Responders

 Christopher Khudari, BA, Graduate Student, Stony Brook University


  1. The Relationship between Childhood Sexual Abuse Disclosure and Borderline Personality Disorder Symptoms: A Systematic Review

 Caitlin Krause, MA, Doctoral Student, Fairleigh Dickinson University


  1. Operationalizing the “favorite person” in BPD: A qualitative study of social media posts

 Alexandra Stein, BA, Graduate Student, Fairleigh Dickinson University


  1. Dynamic Relationship Between NSSI and Suicide Ideation in Adults with Suicide Attempt and NSSI History

Gabrielle Ilagan, BA, Graduate Student, Fordham University

Virtual Meeting
Pittsburgh, PA
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



Donald W. Black, MD
Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
Professor of Psychiatry
University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa

Lois Choi-Kain, MEd, MD
Director, Gunderson Personality Disorders Institute
Director, Gunderson Personality Disorders Institute Research Program
McLean Hospital
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School
Belmont, MA

Sheila Crowell, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT

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

Sarah K. Fineberg, MD, PhD (Planning Committee)
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry
Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven, CT

Vibh Forsythe Cox, PhD
Director, Marsha M. Linehan DBT Clinic
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

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

Marianne Goodman, MD
Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine
Mount Sinai
New York, NY
Clinical investigator
James J Peters VA Medical Center
Bronx, NY

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

Sara Rose Masland, PhD
Licensed Psychologist
Assistant Professor of Psychological Science
Pomona College
Claremont, CA

Kellyann Navarre, BA
Department of Psychology
Study Coordinator/Graduate Assistant
Cleveland State University
Cleveland, OH

Eli Neustadter, MD, MSc
Medical Student
Yale School of Medicine
New Haven, CT

Jessica R. Peters, PhD (Planning Committee)
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Providence, RI

Craig Rodriguez-Seijas, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology

Clinical Science
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

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

Philip Santangelo, PhD
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
mHealth Lab

Karlsruhe, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany

Lori N. Scott, PhD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, PA

Carla Sharp, PhD (Keynote Speaker)
Professor of Psychology, University of Houston
Houston, TX

Colleen Sloan, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine
Clinical Psychologist, VA Boston Healthcare System
Boston, MA

Susan C. South, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences
Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana

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

Brianna J. Turner, PhD
Associate Professor - Psychology

University of Victoria
Victoria, BC

Amber Wimsatt Childs, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Director of Training for the Yale Doctoral Internship in Clinical and Community Psychology, School of Medicine
Co-Director, Division of Quality and Innovation
Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital (YNHPH) 
New Haven, CT

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

Shirley Yen, PhD
Associate Professor
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Harvard Medical School
Director of Psychology Training
Massachusetts Mental Health Center 

Boston, MA

Frank Yeomans, MD, PhD
Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Director of Training, Personality Disorders Institute
Weill Cornell Medical College 
Adjunct Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry
Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons
President, International Society for TFP
New York, NY




For additional information on presenters or presentations, please contact Doreen Barkowitz at

Continuing Education Credit – NASSPD 2022 Annual Conference – April 9, 2022



In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the 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 5.25 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. 

As a Jointly Accredited Organization, University of Pittsburgh is approved to offer psychology continuing education by the American Psychological Association.  University of Pittsburgh maintains responsibility for this course. Psychologists completing this course receive 5.25 continuing education credits.

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 a maximum of 5.25 continuing education hours.

Licensed/Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists: LSW/LCSW/LPC/LMFT

As a Jointly Accredited Organization, University of Pittsburgh is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. University of Pittsburgh maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 5.0 continuing education credits.

Other Professionals

Other professionals are awarded .60 Continuing Education Units (CEU's). One CEU is equal to 10 contact hours. Peer Specialists: This program fulfills requirements for Certified Peer Specialist continuing education.

  1.  NBCC and General CEU – Participants will be awarded continuing education contact hour(s) certificate four to six weeks post-conference via e-mail. Please keep these certificates in a safe place. Replacements will cost $30.
  2.  CME, APA and LSW/LCSW/LPC/LMFT certificates will be issued from the CCEHS registration site.
  3. Completing the evaluation is not required, however it is encouraged. We do request that everyone complete the questions in the evaluation regarding your continuing education (CE) credit needs so we can identify the correct certificate for you.
  4. Continuing education credits are awarded when a participant attends for the full day. Partial credits are not available.
  5. We request that evaluations are completed and/or certificates are requested via within a month of the conference (May 9, 2022). Please be aware that the program evaluation will be closed, and we will no longer process certificates if they are requested six-months or more after the conference.

Available Credit

  • 5.25 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.
  • 5.25 APA
  • 5.00 ASWB
  • 5.25 Attendance
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