Welcome to the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics (BRTC) at the University of Washington. As a clinical research center, our focus is the development and improvement of effective and pragmatic treatments for individuals with severe, complex and treatment resisting mental disorders. To date, much of our research has focused on individuals with high risk of suicide, those with high risk comorbid with post-traumatic stress disorder, those addicted to heroin or other drugs, as well as individuals with borderline personality disorder. The primary treatment under development at the BRTC is dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), which is a cognitive behavioral treatment developed by Dr. Marsha M. Linehan. The BRTC also operates as a clinical research training center, preparing graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to become clinician-scientists. Our aim is to continue developing treatments that allow individuals to build lives that they experience as worth living.

Research at the BRTC has been funded-to-date by the National Institute of Health, the Borderline Personality Disorder Research Foundation, the Bennett Family Foundation, gifts from private donors, and consulting income generated by research staff.