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 is the author of Treating Impulsive, Addictive, and Self-Destructive Behavior: Mindfulness and Modification Therapy, published through Guilford Press.
MMT can be tailored to target specific client needs and specific dysregulated behaviors. Dr. Wupperman is currently conducting a comparison trail of MMT custommized to target cocaine use in underserved individuals. 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 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.
Treating Impulsive, Addictive, and Self-Destructive Behaviors: Mindfulness and Modification Therapy.
Wupperman, P. Treating Impulsive, Addictive, and Self-Destructive Behaviors: Mindfulness and Modification Therapy. New York, NY: Guilford Press. 2019 2019
Mindfulness and Modification Therapy for Behavioral Dysregulation: A Comparison Trial Focused on Substance Use and Aggression.
Wupperman P, Cohen MG, Haller DL, Flom P, Litt LC, Rounsaville BJ. Mindfulness and Modification Therapy for Behavioral Dysregulation: A Comparison Trial Focused on Substance Use and Aggression. J Clin Psychol 2015, 71:964-78. 2015
Borderline personality features and harmful dysregulated behavior: the mediational effect of mindfulness.
Wupperman P, Fickling M, Klemanski DH, Berking M, Whitman JB. Borderline personality features and harmful dysregulated behavior: the mediational effect of mindfulness. J Clin Psychol 2013, 69:903-11. 2013
Full List of PubMed Publications
- Berking M, Wupperman P: Emotion regulation and mental health: recent findings, current challenges, and future directions. Curr Opin Psychiatry. 2012 Mar. PMID: 22262030
- Berking M, Margraf M, Ebert D, Wupperman P, Hofmann SG, Junghanns K: Deficits in emotion-regulation skills predict alcohol use during and after cognitive-behavioral therapy for alcohol dependence. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2011 Jun. PMID: 21534653
- Berking M, Wupperman P, Reichardt A, Pejic T, Dippel A, Znoj H: Emotion-regulation skills as a treatment target in psychotherapy. Behav Res Ther. 2008 Nov; 2008 Aug 30. PMID: 18835479