Extensive Research Description
Dr. Wupperman is invested in improving treatment for individuals with dysregulated emotions and behaviors (often known as self-destructive, addictive, or impulsive behaviors). Dr. Wupperman's research focuses primarily on evaluating and disseminating a transdiagnostic psychotherapy (Mindfulness and Modification Therapy; MMT) developed to target dysregulated behaviors. Related research includes: 1) exploring constructs underlying emotion and behavior dysregulation, and 2) investigating the effects of mindfulness and emotion-regulation skills on mental health and well-being. She recently completed her third grant-funded clinical trial of MMT, which can be customized to target specific populations and dysregulated behaviors.
MMT has shown promising results in decreasing alcohol and drug abuse, anger issues, physical aggression, binge eating, trichotillomania, compulsive checking, and a variety of other dysregulated behaviors. MMT works to help clients: 1) clarify life values, and 2) acquire the capability to experience the moment – including negative emotions and cravings/urges – without engaging in harmful behaviors that can interfere with lives that feel valuable and fulfilling. MMT also targets risk factors for dysregulated behavior, such as lack of pleasurable/fulfilling life experiences, difficulty living according to personal values, and difficulty with relationships.
Dr. Wupperman is currently writing a book on improving therapy for clients with dysregulated behavior (Guilford Press). She regularly conducts MMT workshops, trainings, and consultations for mental-health practitioners at all levels. She also authors a Psychology Today blog focused on self-destructive (dysregulated) behaviors: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/beyond-self-destructive-behavior