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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)



In Memoriam: Seth Axelrod, MD 1970-2022

Dr. Axelrod was interested in training clinicians in personality disorders and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). He was particularly interested in helping therapists observe personal limits to improve treatment alliance, therapy effectiveness, and therapist satisfaction, and to reduce therapist burnout. In addition to his work at Yale, he was a trainer/consultant with Behavioral Tech, LLC, an organization developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan to disseminate DBT and other empirically supported therapies. Each spring he co-chaired a conference on Borderline Personality Disorder in partnership with the National Education Alliance for BPD and co-provided by the Yale School of Medicine, Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital, and the Yale Stress Center.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    University of Kentucky (1999)
  • Predoctoral Intern
    River Valley Services, Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (1998)
  • MA
    University of Kentucky (1995)
  • BS
    Cornell University (1992)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow
    Yale University School of Medicine

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Cindy Sanderson Educator AwardInternational Society for the Improvement and Teaching of Dialectical Behavior Therapy2019
Distinguished Faculty Award in Recognition for Outstanding Contributions as a TeacherPsychology Section2016

Departments & Organizations