Current Research

Research at the BRTC is focused primarily on the development and evaluation of psychotherapies for individuals with severe and chronic personality disorders, with an emphasis on the understanding, assessment, and treatment of suicidal behaviors. To date, most research has focused on treatment development for suicidal individuals meeting criteria for borderline personality disorder. Most of this research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Our current research is listed below. If you are interested in participating in or referring a client to a BRTC research study, please review the list and recruitment status.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adults and Adolescents

Currently Closed for Screening.

We are conducting ongoing study of two comprehensive dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) programs: (a) a DBT program for adults and (b) a DBT program geared for adolescents and their caregivers. DBT is an evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral treatment used to treat people who experience severe, pervasive problems with emotion regulation that result in problematic behaviors such as multiple suicide attempts, nonsuicidal self-injury (e.g., cutting, burning), substance abuse, severe eating disorders, or a combination of these. Participants in both study programs will receive treatment consisting of the following components on a sliding fee payment scale.

  • DBT individual therapy
  • DBT skills training group targeting four sets of behavioral skills:
  • Mindfulness (attending to the present moment without judgment)
  • Interpersonal effectiveness (developing more effective social interactions)
  • Emotion regulation (better understanding and managing emotions)
  • Distress tolerance (increasing tolerance of distressing situations)
  • DBT phone coaching between sessions
  • DBT therapist consultation team

For more information specific to the adolescent study, see the DBT for Adolescents flyer. If you are interested in being screened for services in either study, please contact our Participant Coordinator at 206-543-9270 or

What Is a Research Study?

Clinical research studies are conducted to investigate and evaluate various aspects of treatment and treatment delivery. Through these studies, researchers find new and better ways to understand and treat various problems and improve delivery of treatment. Participating in a research study is voluntary and requires that participants understand the risks, benefits, and procedures involved in the study. Individuals who elect to participate may later leave a study at any time.

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