Welcome to the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics (BRTC) at the University of Washington. For over four decades under Professor Marsha M. Linehan’s leadership, the BRTC was a clinical research center specializing in the development and improvement of effective and pragmatic treatments for individuals with severe, complex and treatment resisting mental disorders. Much of our research had 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 at the BRTC is dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), which is a cognitive behavioral treatment developed by Professor Linehan. The BRTC used to operate a clinical research training program, preparing graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to become clinician-scientists. In 2021, the Department of Psychology reorganized the training program into the Marsha M. Linehan DBT Clinic, a specialty clinic within the Psychological Services and Training Center. The MML DBT Clinic aims to continue disseminating and implementing treatments that allow individuals to build lives that they experience as worth living.

Activities at the BRTC had been funded by the National Institutes of Health, private foundations and our generous supporters.  Research and clinical activities ended when Professor Linehan retired in 2019.