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Profile: Dr. Marsha M. Linehan

Marsha Linehan

Marsha Linehan (BS '68, MA '70, PhD '71) is a professor of psychology, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and director of the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Linehan is the developer of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which is used worldwide for the treatment of suicidal behaviors, borderline personality disorder, and other severe and complex mental disorders including eating disorders, drug addiction, and post-traumatic stress syndrome.

In addition to her teaching career and the development of DBT, Dr. Linehan is the founder of Behavioral Tech LLC, a behavioral technology transfer group; Behavioral Tech Research, Inc., a company that develops innovative technologies to disseminate science-based behavioral treatments for mental disorders; and the Linehan Institute, which advances the dissemination of evidence-based treatments. She is also the founder of the Suicide Strategic Planning Group and the DBT Strategic Planning Group.

Dr. Linehan has received several awards for her contributions to the field of clinical research and the study and treatment of suicidal behaviors, including the Louis I. Dublin Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Field of Suicide, the Distinguished Research in Suicide Award, the creation of the Marsha Linehan Award for Outstanding Research in the Treatment of Suicidal Behavior established by the American Association of Suicidology, the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology, the award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Clinical Psychology, and awards for Distinguished Contributions to the Practice of Psychology and Distinguished Contributions for Clinical Activities. She is past president of both the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy and the Society of Clinical Psychology, Division 12, American Psychological Association. She is also a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychopathological Association, and she is a diplomat of the American Board of Behavioral Psychology.

Dr. Linehan has published four books-including two treatment manuals- on topics of psychology, serves on a number of editorial boards, and has published extensively in scientific journals.