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Seth Axelrod, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry; Director of Dialectical Behavior Therapy Services, Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital Intensive Outpatient Program; Director of Yale Instruction/Investigation/Intervention in Emotional Lability and Dysregulation (YIELD)

Contact Information

Seth Axelrod, PhD

Office Location

Mailing Address

  • Psychiatry

    Yale University School of Medicine, 425 George St

    New Haven, CT 06511

    United States

Research Summary

My primary clinical, research, and training interests center around personality disorders, with a focus on borderline personality disorder and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). I am particularly interested in adaptations of DBT, including DBT modified for the day hospital setting, for comorbid borderline personality disorder and substance use disorders, and for children with suicidal and self-injurious behaviors. My other research interests include trauma, PTSD, mindfulness, and emotion regulation.

Specialized Terms: Borderline personality disorder and comorbid conditions (e.g., substance use disorders, PTSD); Adaptations of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT); Mindfulness; Emotion regulation; DBT Formulation; Burnout

Extensive Research Description

Current Research collaborations include:

  • Preventing Therapist Burnout
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy Outcomes
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy modified for Children


Research Interests

Behavior Therapy; Borderline Personality Disorder; Burnout, Professional; Psychiatry; Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic; Substance Abuse Detection; Mindfulness

Selected Publications

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Substance Use Disorders.Axelrod, S. R. Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Substance Use Disorders. In M. Swales (Ed). Handbook of Dialectical Behavior Therapy. New York: Oxford University Press, 595-614.
  • Applying Dialectical Behavior Therapy Methods to Personality Disorder Patients in Healthcare Settings.Axelrod, S. R., & Lee, J. Applying Dialectical Behavior Therapy Methods to Personality Disorder Patients in Healthcare Settings. Asia Health Care Journal, 1, 5-10.