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.
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 the Program Chair for the 2010 and 2011 annual conference of the International Society for the Improvement and Teaching of DBT (ISITDBT; www.isitdbt.org).
Awards and Honors:
2006-08Recipient, NIH Extramural Loan Repayment Program for Clinical Research
2002Societyfor a Science of Clinical Psychology, Dissertation Grant Award
2002University of Washington, Department of Psychology,Dissertation Research Award
Rizvi, S.L., Steffel, L.M., Carson Wong, A. (in press). An overview of Dialectical Behavior Therapy for professional psychologists. Professional Psychology:Research and Practice.
Rizvi, S.L., Dimeff, L.A., Skutch, J.,Carroll, D., & Linehan, M.M. (2011). A pilot study of the DBT Coach: An interactive mobile phone application for individuals with borderline personality disorder and substance use disorder. Behavior Therapy, 42, 589-600.
Rizvi, S.L. (2010). Development and preliminary validation of a new measure to assess shame: The Shame Inventory. Journal of Psychopathology andBehavioral Assessment, 32, 438-447.