Awards & Recognition

Marsha Linehan Recipient of 2021 John G. Gunderson Distinguished Career Contribution Award

Marsha Linehan is the recipient of the 2021 John G. Gunderson Distinguished Career Contribution Award.  The award announcement was made in October 2021 at the ISSPD Congress in Oslo, Norway.

In her tribute to Marsha,  Shelley McMain PhD, Head of the Borderline Personality Clinic at  the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, says, “Marsha Linehan truly is a woman amongst the greatest minds in the field of mental health and the field of psychotherapy. For almost 50 years she has maintained a profound commitment to advancing research in the field of personality disorders and suicidal behavior. Her inspiring personal vision to improve the lives of others, coupled with her determined curiosity and her brilliance and her scholarly methods, have helped to set the foundation for DBT to become one of the most important evidence-based therapies developed in the past century.”

Marsha Linehan Recipient of 2017 Grawemeyer Award for Psychology

Marsha was selected for the 17th prize. Her award-winning idea is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which balances acceptance and commitment to change in treating mental illness, distinguishing it from previous standard interventions. Research has shown DBT to be effective for conditions previously considered untreatable, such as borderline personality disorder, which is characterized by impulsivity, interpersonal problems, and self-destructive urges. Read more »

Marsha Linehan Recipient of 2016 Career/Lifetime Achievement Award from ABCT

Marsha has received the Career/Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Behavioral & Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)! This is the highest award given by ABCT and honors those who have made significant contributions over a number of years to cognitive and/or behavior therapy. Marsha joins the ranks of other notables such as Al Bandura, Aaron Beck, Albert Ellis, Gerry Davison, Alan Marlatt and Edna Foa. Congratulations Marsha!

Marsha Linehan Recipient of 2015 NAMI Scientific Research Award

Congratulations to Marsha for being honored the National Alliance on Mental Illness Scientific Research Award! She is being recognized for her dedication to the development and evaluation of evidence-based treatments for high suicide risk, multi-diagnostic and difficult to treat populations. The award honors those who inspire hope through research. Read more »

Marsha Linehan Recipient of James McKeen Cattell Award

Congratulations to Marsha! She is the 2014 recipient of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) James McKeen Cattell Award. The APS James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award recognizes APS Members for a lifetime of outstanding contributions to the area of applied psychological research. Recipients must be APS Members whose research addresses a critical problem in society at large. Read more »