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Frances Aunon, PhD

Frances Aunon, PhD, is an Advanced Fellow in Mental Illness Research and Treatment at the VISN 1 Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC). Dr. Aunon completed her doctoral training in psychology at University of Washington, where she learned Dialectical Behavior Therapy, an evidence-based approach to reducing suicide risk by helping people build lives that felt meaningful to them. At VA Connecticut, she has developed her own line of independent research focusing on reducing suicide risk for Veterans. Her person-centered approach to reducing suicide risk helps Veterans identify what is most important to them, and then uses that motivation to reduce risk. The first project in this line, “Development of a Brief, Motivational Interviewing Intervention Manual for Lethal Means Safety Counseling for Implementation within Primary Care and Primary Care Mental Health Integration,” is funded by Health Services Research and Development’s Suicide Prevention Research Action Network (SPRINT) and focused on developing the manual for Dr. Aunon’s intervention based on interviews with stakeholders. This work will be extended in her upcoming VISN 1 Career Development Award, entitled “Pre-piloting a Motivational Interviewing-based Intervention for Lethal Means Safety in Primary Care.” In addition to her mentored research above, Dr. Aunon has been collaborating on a national Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention-sponsored DBT Skills training with her primary mentor, Suzanne Decker, PhD. Dr. Aunon enjoys mentoring more junior trainees in clinical supervision and on research projects.

Sarah Barnes, PhD

Sarah Barnes, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the Yale School of Medicine and a member of the Medical Staff at Yale New Haven Hospital. She is a clinical psychologist who has worked with children, adolescents, and adults across continuums of care, with a particular focus on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Dr. Barnes currently works within Ambulatory Services at Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital, splitting her time between Adult DBT and Adolescent Intensive Services. In each setting, Dr. Barnes is actively involved in the provision of clinical services, as well as teaching, training, and mentorship of psychology trainees. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Barnes is interested in the development and implementation of measurement-based care (MBC) initiatives as a means to evaluate treatment outcomes and improve quality of care. She currently lends her expertise in MBC to clinical programming/services, and research endeavors within Adult DBT and Adolescent Intensive Services.

Briana Carbone, LICSW

Erica Carr, PhD

Erika R. Carr, PhD is an Associate Professor at Yale School of Medicine and is also the Director of the Inpatient Psychology Service and Director of the Behavioral Intervention Service at Connecticut Mental Health Center in New Haven, Connecticut. She earned her doctoral degree from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and completed her internship at Emory School of Medicine/Grady Hospital. Dr. Carr’s primary research and clinical interests are positive behavioral support interventions, the sexual objectification of women, unique concerns of women with serious mental illness, recovery-oriented care, trauma, and psychology training. Dr. Carr has co-authored a recent book, Women with Serious Mental Illness: Gender Responsive and Recovery-Oriented Care.

Nancy & Nina

Nancy is the mother of a 24-year-old in recovery from BPD. She has been a business owner in the fashion and design industries. She was content manager and writer for various life-coaching enterprises. She is currently a Leader Liaison for Family Connections, with the NEABPD. She lives in California with her husband and her Havanese, Sailor. Nina is a 24 year old in recovery from BPD. She currently is a student at Southern New Hampshire University studying forensic psychology with an intention to pursue her Masters of FP. She also currently holds an active license for an EMT and CADC. She lives in California with her boyfriend and two pugs, Henry and Bella.

Joanna Fava, PhD

Joanna Fava, PhD received her undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice in NYC for a master’s degree in Forensic Psychology. She completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Forensic Psychology at Fordham University in Bronx, NY. During her graduate career, Dr. Fava learned and practiced various behavioral therapy modalities and was intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She treated individuals on probation in NYC as part of an alternative-to-incarceration research program utilizing DBT with impulsive offenders. In addition, she worked with severely traumatized individuals as part of various research protocols in the NYC area, providing CBT trauma treatments to an inner-city population. She also worked in prisons, bringing CBT and DBT informed treatments into various federal and state institutions in the tri-state area. Dr. Fava then worked at a private group practice in Long Island, NY, where she created, and was the director for, the Trauma Treatment Program, offering evidence-based trauma care to those receiving treatment for borderline personality disorder. She also gave a TEDx talk on exceeding expectations. In 2019, Dr. Fava opened a private practice in Scarsdale, NY to meet the need for psychotherapeutic groups in lower Westchester. She also joined the faculty at Weill Cornell Medicine where she supervises other clinicians to ensure patients are receiving effective and evidence-based care. Dr. Fava specializes in using individual and group CBT and DBT to treat depression, anxiety disorders, posttraumatic stress, and borderline personality disorder with adult and adolescent patients. Dr. Fava speaks regularly on topics related to resilience, mental wellness, self-care, evidence-based mental health treatments, stigma, the impact of trauma, and effective mental health care. She is working on bringing emotion regulation strategies to meet people where they are – in schools, sports organizations, and businesses -- to help people utilize the gift of emotions in ways that are effective and resist urges to act on emotions in ways that are detrimental to their day-to-day lives and goals.

Armida Rubio Fruzzetti, PhD

Armida Rubio Fruzzetti, PhD is the Associate Director of the 3East DBT Adolescent Outpatient Clinic at McLean Hospital and an instructor at Harvard Medical School. Armida has trained professionals throughout the United States, Europe, and the Middle East in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and in DBT with parents, couples and families. She has provided extensive clinical supervision in DBT in the U.S. and abroad and has worked in a variety of clinical settings utilizing DBT for adults and adolescents, pre-teens, and couples and families. In addition to her clinical work, she has conducted research on parent-child interactions and the development of emotion dysregulation. Armida is bilingual in English/Spanish and has worked within the Hispanic community with a focus on access to mental health care and higher education. Currently she is working on adapting DBT for use with teens that have Type 1 diabetes who struggle with suicidality and medical non-compliance and helping to adapt the NEA-BPD Family Connections program for parents of pre-teens.

Olivia Goldman, PsyD

Olivia Goldman, PsyD received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dr. Goldman completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System. She is currently completing her post-doctoral residency at the Tampa VA Healthcare System, focusing on the treatment of PTSD. Dr. Goldman practices from a contextual model grounded in relational theory. She specializes in providing evidence based treatments for trauma spectrum disorders and treatment of comorbid substance use disorders. Her research interests focus on PTSD, interpersonal relationships, and attachment theory.

Alan Fruzzetti, PhD

Alan Fruzzetti, PhD, is an internationally recognized researcher, teacher and supervisor of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Director of Training in Family Services and a senior DBT supervisor for 3East programs at McLean Hospital. He received his B.A. from Brown University and M.S. & Ph.D. from the University of Washington in Seattle. He is professor emeritus at the University of Nevada, Reno and faculty at HMS/McLean Hospital. Dr. Fruzzetti has adapted and implemented DBT for multiple underserved populations and developed many successful DBT programs for people with BPD, related problems with emotion regulation, and programs for couples, parents, and families. His research focuses on the connections between severe psychopathology and interpersonal/family processes, and their interplay with emotion dysregulation. Dr. Fruzzetti is on the Board of Directors of the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder, the DBT Board of Certification, and the World Association for DBT, and co-founder of the Center for Trauma and Stress Education. He has authored more than 100 research and clinical papers and book chapters, two books, is the editor of the Guilford DBT Practice series, and has lectured and trained professionals and the public in more than twenty-five countries in BPD, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and/or in family interventions. Alan is the co-creator of the free/open access NEA-BPD Family Connections programs for parents, partners, and other loved ones of people with BPD, trauma related to suicide attempts and related problems, and for parents with trauma. He has testified for Congressional committees about problems related to suicide and has received many honors for research, teaching, and for community service, and is married with four children.

Gabrielle Ilagan

Gabrielle Ilagan (she/her) is a first-year Ph.D. student in Fordham University’s Clinical Psychology program. She is a member of the Bronx Personality (B-PER) Lab and is advised by Dr. Chris Conway. Her research interests broadly include personality disorders, self-injurious thoughts and behaviors, how identity and interpersonal relationships interact, and issues of access to care. Prior to joining the B-PER Lab, Gabs worked at McLean Hospital's Gunderson Personality Disorder Institute researching the psychopathology and treatment of borderline personality disorder. She earned her bachelor's degree in psychology and history with a concentration in global studies from Williams College. Gabs is originally from the Philippines, so if given the option, her favorite place to work on research would be by the ocean.

Nadine Larivière, OT, PhD

Nadine Larivière, OT, PhD is currently Full Professor at l’Université de Sherbrooke (Québec, Canada). She is also a researcher at the University Institute of primary care and social services (Sherbrooke) and at the Mental Health University Institute of Montreal. Her main research theme aims to understand the occupational challenges of men and women living with borderline personality disorder and their work participation, and develop evaluation and intervention tools to support engagement in meaningful activities, job tenure and life balance. She collaborates actively with health services dedicated to persons with borderline personality disorders in the province of Quebec.

Mr. Brandon Marshall

Mr. Brandon Marshall spent 12 years in the National Football League as one of the top wide receivers in the game. He would spend his career shattering records and collecting countless awards and accolades. Now, just a few years into his retirement Brandon continues to exceed expectations and redefine what it means to be an athlete. As the founder and CEO of House of Athlete, a lifestyle wellness brand giving every athlete, of all levels, access to the top-tier resources necessary to unlock their full potential and train like a pro. Brandon is utilizing his many years of experience with mental and physical health, to build an empire of limitless potential. Brandon is also the creator of the wildly successful unscripted podcast of I AM ATHLETE. The show has quickly garnered over 651,000 YouTube subscribers within its first three seasons. Co-hosted by Marshall and fellow former NFL players Chad Johnson, Fred Taylor and Channing Crowder, I AM ATHLETE is steadily gaining momentum by tackling important and controversial topics around sports, culture and society that meaningfully redefine what it means to be an African American athlete in these turbulent times. Marshall has always been a vocal advocate for several socially conscious issues, especially his own winning battle with mental illness. Marshall launched House of Athlete (HOA), a Florida-based lifestyle wellness brand built In collaboration with his wife, Michi Nogami-Marshall, who serves as House of Athlete’s creative director. HOA is based on the five pillars of training, fueling, mental fitness, recovery and ‘tribe’ and has recently opened a state-of-the-art training facility in Florida (IG - House of Athlete). As Brandon continues to expand his thriving wellness brand, which consists of state of the art Brick & Mortar locations, apparel and supplements, he is driven by unparalleled tenacity, work ethic and passion for his vision. Additionally, Marshall has a full line of supplements and a premium apparel collection for men and women. Having found success in his professional and personal life through this 360-degree approach, Marshall believes everyone is an athlete and can achieve what seems impossible. He has aspirations to make his presence and products known globally. Brandon is also widely considered to be a pioneer and the face of mental health awareness. Through his foundation, Project375 Marshall serves his community to raise awareness and give access to mental health resources. He will also use HOA as a center for his mental health platform for helping others. In between wearing his many hats, Marshall is a two-time Emmy nominee for his ongoing role as one of four hosts of SHOWTIME’s Inside the NFL, and most recently was named as a co-host of First Things First, the popular, sports-focused weekday morning show on FS1, where he brings his seemingly limitless energy and an invaluable player’s perspective to the day’s issues and events. As Brandon embarks on this new and exciting chapter in his life with all of his projects, particularly I AM ATHLETE and HOA, he looks forward to sharing his personal experiences and struggles with others in hopes they too will unleash their highest potential.

Sharon Nelson, PhD

Sharon Nelson, PhD is a clinical psychologist who works as an evaluation scientist/specialist with the Center for Evaluation and Implementation Resources (CEIR) and the Serious Mental Illness Treatment Resource and Evaluation Center (SMITREC), part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Her work with CEIR and SMITREC primarily focuses on research and evaluation of suicide risk and emergency service use for patients diagnosed with personality disorders and serious mental illness using national healthcare systems data. Sharon is currently working on projects related to evaluating the impact of advanced trainees in the VA system, risk of suicide amongst patients diagnosed with a personality disorder, the implementation of services to support patients with emerging psychotic disorders, and the impact of suicide prevention services. She is also leading efforts to develop training opportunities related to program evaluation best practices. She has extensive training and knowledge related to the care of persons with personality pathology and chronic mental health challenges and currently sits on the board of the International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders (ISSPD). Sharon’s teaching, clinical work, consultation, and research have often focused on personality disorders and issues around stigma, access to care, developing assessment measures, inpatient care, and suicidal/homicidal ideation. Outside of work, Sharon lives in Michigan with 3 rowdy children (2, 11, 19 years old), her brother (who has Down syndrome and is bad at karaoke), her husband, and 2 tiny dachshunds.

Cathleen Payne

Cathleen Payne graduated from college with the top grade point in her major, was Phi Beta Kappa, and then obtained a law degree. She married and worked as a law clerk in the Ohio Supreme Court. From 1995-1999, she worked as a guardian ad litem, representing abused and neglected children’s best interests in court. Nothing helped with the multiple bouts with suicide and the rages that escalated out of control and took a toll on her and the marriage. In 2003, she was diagnosed with BPD, and, after advocating for specialized treatment for people with BPD, was finally able to get DBT therapy in 2005. She then got a master’s in library science and worked as a school librarian. In October of 2016, she joined the Board of Directors for the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder and has served that organization as Secretary of the Board since that date.

Shannon Schrader, MA

Shannon Schrader, MA is currently a sixth-year student in George Mason University’s Clinical Psychology doctoral program. She is completing her internship at Yale School of Medicine with placements in the Substance Abuse Treatment Unit (SATU) and The Consultation Center (TCC). During graduate school, Shannon’s areas of clinical and research experiences have included substance misuse and post-incarceration adjustment. She is particularly interested in the role of self-control processes in substance use disorders.

Marie-Paule de Valdivia, MBA, LCSW

Marie-Paule de Valdivia, MBA, LCSW, was a board member and the Family Connections committee chair for NEA-BPD for close to a decade before serving her last year on the board as its Executive Vice President. She is intensively trained in DBT and studied under Seth Axelrod, Ph.D., program director, and Emily Cooney, Ph.D at the Yale New Haven Intensive Psychiatric Hospital, where she eventually co-directed the DBT programs at an intensive outpatient level of care. An avid advocate for families, she speaks frequently and internationally about the need for family support and she continues to volunteer her time with leader training at NEA-BPD. Marie-Paule is the founder and director of Families On The Line, a private group practice aimed at working with patients and coaching their family members in DBT based family skills.

Ambrose Wong, MD, MSEd, MHS

Ambrose Wong, MD, MSEd, MHS is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and a physician-scientist at Yale School of Medicine. His research focuses on teamwork, patient safety, behavioral health, and healthcare disparities. As the Research Director at Yale Center for Medical Simulation, he also uses healthcare simulation to improve teamwork and patient safety. He has expertise in qualitative and mixed-methods techniques for health services research. Dr. Wong applies systems approaches to address workplace violence and find better strategies to manage agitation and deliver behavioral care. He has authored eighteen peer-reviewed publications on behavioral emergency care and received an NIH CTSA KL2 Award to implement an agitation code team response intervention in the emergency department. He is the current recipient of an NIMH K23 career development award to investigate the use of health IT in preventing episodes of agitation for behavioral patients in the emergency department.

Peggilee Wupperman, PhD

Peggilee Wupperman, PhD is invested in improving treatment for individuals with dysregulated emotions and behaviors (often known as disruptive, impulsive, or self-destructive behaviors). She is a Professor of Psychology at John Jay College/City University of New York, an Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale School of Medicine, and a licensed psychologist in New York state. Dr. Wupperman is the developer of Mindfulness and Modification Therapy (MMT), a psychotherapy that helps clients break free from disruptive behaviors and build more fulfilling, meaningful lives. She is author of the book Treating Impulsive, Addictive, and Self-Destructive Behavior: Mindfulness and Modification Therapy (Guilford Press), and she writes a blog for Psychology Today entitled, “Beyond Self-Destructive Behavior.” Dr. Wupperman’s research focuses on mindfulness, emotion regulation, and psychotherapy outcomes. She regularly conducts clinical workshops and consultations for mental-health practitioners at all levels.

Nathan Kimbrel, PhD

Dr. Nathan Kimbrel is an Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University and Co-Associate Director of the VISN 6 Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Currently an investigator on over $60,000,000 in research funding, Dr. Kimbrel's research focuses primarily on areas of etiology, assessment, and treatment of PTSD, depression, suicide, and non-suicidal self-injury. He works primarily with Veterans, firefighters, and emergency medical personnel due to their high levels of occupational exposure to traumatic stress. In addition, Dr. Kimbrel has long-standing interests in genetics, epigenetics, gene by environment interactions, personality, smoking, comorbidity, and advanced statistical analyses.