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Shireen Rizvi Shireen Rizvi Ph.D. ABPP
University of Washington

Associate Professor, Clinical Core Faculty

Office: Psychology, A229
Phone: 848-445-3914
Web Site:

Research Interests and Clinical Work:

My research interests include borderline personality disorder, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, treatment development for serious mental health problems, suicidal behavior, trauma, and development of mobile technology applications to aid in skills generalization.

A Promising Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder
Rutgers Today, October 15th 2010

Instructor for the Following Courses:
Learning Theory and CB Foundations (Fall)
Fundamentals of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (Spring)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy in Practice (Fall)

I received my doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Washington where I studied borderline personality disorder and DBT for more than five years under the mentorship of Dr. Marsha Linehan. My dissertation research focused on the use of the DBT skill of “opposite action” to treat shame (Rizvi & Linehan, 2005). I completed my predoctoral clinical internship at the Boston Consortium in Clinical Psychology and an NIMH postdoctoral fellowship at the National Center for PTSD at the Boston VA Healthcare System. Following this fellowship, I was Assistant Professor of Psychology at the New School for Social Research in NewYork City from 2006-2009 before coming to GSAPP.

I am a professional member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) and Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology (SSCP). I am also a founding member of the New York City Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Association. Furthermore, I am President of the Board for the International Society for the Improvement and Teaching of DBT (ISITDBT;

I serve as a primary mentor students in both the Psy.D. and Ph.D. programs. I will not be accepting a Ph.D. student for the 2017-2018 academic year but will continue to work with incoming Psy.D. students.

Awards and Honors:
2014 Rutgers University Presidential Fellowship for Teaching Excellence
2002 Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology, Dissertation Grant Award
2002 University of Washington, Department of Psychology, Dissertation Research Award

Selected Publications:
Rizvi, S.L., & Steffel, L.M. (2014). A pilot study of two brief forms of DBT skills training for emotion dysregulation in college students. Journal of American College Health, 62, 434-439.
Rizvi, S.L., & Ritschel, L.A. (2014). Mastering the art of chain analysis in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 21, 335-349.
Rizvi, S.L., Steffel, L.M., Carson Wong, A. (2013). An overview of Dialectical Behavior Therapy for professional psychologists. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 44, 73-80.

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