DBT-RU Staff

DBT-RU is an official practicum training site for students in the GSAPP school psychology programs and for the Clinical Ph.D. program at Rutgers University. Interested students can apply by contacting Dr. Rizvi.

Shireen Rizvi

DIRECTOR:  Shireen L. Rizvi, PhD, ABPP, is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) at Rutgers University, where she also holds affiliate appointments in the psychology department, School of Public Health, and the Department of Psychiatry. She completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the VA Boston/National Center for PTSD. Her research interests include improving outcomes, training, and dissemination of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for the treatment of complex and severe populations. Dr. Rizvi has received funding from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Rutgers University, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) for her research. Her work has resulted in over 70 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, as well as a sole-authored book entitled Chain Analysis in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and a co-edited volume, DBT in Clinical Practice (2nd edition). Dr. Rizvi is board certified in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology and in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. She is currently on the Board of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) and is a Past President of the Board of ISITDBT. Dr. Rizvi has trained hundreds of students and practitioners from around the world in DBT. She received the Spotlight on a Mentor Award from the ABCT in 2017 and was awarded Fellowship status for the same organization in 2021.


Clinicians and Research Associates 2021-2022

Kathryn Coniglio, M.S., is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in the clinical psychology Ph.D. program at Rutgers. Prior to Rutgers, she earned her B.A. in clinical psychology from Tufts University. At Rutgers, Kathryn is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and a member of the Emotion and Psychopathology Lab (PI: Edward Selby, Ph.D.). Kathryn is also completing a practicum at the Mount Sinai Eating and Weight Disorders Program. Her research interests include how emotion dysregulation, and particularly, positive emotion dysregulation, influences eating disorder psychopathology.

Kate El-Sharkawy is a fourth-year Clinical Psy.D. student at GSAPP. She received her B.A. from the University of Southern California in Art History. She currently provides comprehensive DBT at DBT-RU and serves as a clinician at the Columbia Center for Eating Disorders at New York State Psychiatric Institute. As a post-baccalaureate, she gained research experience at the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders and the Mount Sinai Eating and Weight Disorders Clinic. Her clinical interests include cognitive-behavioral and third-wave treatments for anxiety, eating, mood and trauma- and stressor-related disorders. Prior to graduate school, Kate established a career in the fashion industry, holding roles at Art + Commerce and Vanity Fair in New York City.

Jesse Finkelstein is a fourth-year clinical Psy.D. student at Rutgers University. He received his B.A. from Brown University in Political Science and Art Semiotics. His clinical interests include BPD, emotion dysregulation, sexual minorities, and the impact of technology and social media on mental health. His clinical experiences include working as an individual and group therapist at the Rutgers CAPS, and the Psychological Services Clinic at Rutgers University. His research interests include BPD, DBT, emotion regulation, sexual minority status, imagination and curiosity behavior, and the incorporation of digital technology into treatment and research.

Joanne Kim is a fourth-year Clinical Ph.D. student at Rutgers. Before coming to Rutgers, she received her B.A. in psychology from Dartmouth College and worked as a clinical research coordinator/lab manager for the Suicide Prevention Research Laboratory at Stanford University, and as a Research Associate at 23andMe. Joanne is a member of the Emotion and Psychopathology Lab (PI: Edward Selby, Ph.D.). Her research interests include emotion regulation, non-suicidal self-injury, and disclosure of suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

Febrian (Annie) Moten is a third year Clinical Psy.D. student at GSAPP. She received her B.A. from Pomona College and M.S. in clinical-counseling psychology from Illinois State University. Before coming to DBT-RU, she gained previous clinical experiences as a Substance Abuse Counselor at Chestnut Health Systems in Bloomington, IL, a Social Emotional Learning Facilitator for the New Brunswick Board of Education, and a counselor at The Haven at Piscataway High School. Her interests include borderline personality disorder, attachment, and childhood trauma.

Linda Oshin is a postdoctoral fellow at Rutgers University. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Connecticut and completed her predoctoral internship at Yale Department of Psychiatry. Linda’s research interests include improving access, relevance, and outcomes of empirically supported treatments for adolescents and young adults of color. Her clinical interests include treating youth of color and their families across different levels of acuity.

Allison K. Ruork, Ph.D. is a postdoctoral associate at GSAPP. Allison received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Nevada, Reno and completed her internship at Duke University Medical School. Her research focuses on emotion dysregulation, suicide, non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) and trauma. Her interests include environmental interventions, as well as leverging technology-driven assessment and intervention, to improve outcomes for patients struggling with NSSI and suicidal behaviors. She is the recipient of the 2019 ISITDBT Student Researcher Award for her work using ecological momentary assessment to examine the transactional model of emotion dysregulation.

Melanie Rosen is a second-year clinical Psy.D. student at GSAPP. She received her B.A. from Appalachian State University and her M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University. She currently works as a clinician at both DBT-RU and the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at Rutgers University. Prior to joining the DBT-RU team, Melanie gained clinical experience working at The Haven at Piscataway High School. Melanie’s research and clinical interests include suicide and NSSI, means reduction approaches to suicide prevention, emotional dysregulation, and serious mental illness.

Molly Stern is a third-year clinical Psy.D. student at GSAPP. Upon receiving her B.A. in Sociology and Economics from Wesleyan University in 2014, she moved out to San Francisco, where she worked for a non-profit foundation and the Crisis Support Services of Alameda County before going back to school to study psychology at U.C. Berkeley. During her time at GSAPP, she has worked with individuals of all ages and backgrounds with a variety of anxiety disorders and as part of a multidisciplinary team within a primary care setting. Molly is interested in psychological impacts of health crises, emotional dysregulation, anxiety disorders, and how mindfulness-based treatments affect outcomes.

Jessica Weatherford is a fourth-year Clinical Psy.D. student at GSAPP. She received her B.S. from California Polytechnic State University, her M.B.A. from St. Mary's College of California, and her M.S. from Brandman University. She was previously the Director of Organizational Development and Learning at the Girl Scouts of Northern California. She currently works as a clinician in the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program at Rutgers University as well as a behavioral health clinician at Family Medicine at Monument square. She has also worked as a clinician at University Behavioral Health Care with the Substance Abuse Treatment Services program. Her interests include borderline personality disorder, trauma, emotional dysregulation and the role of mindfulness in various treatment modalities.

April Yeager is a second-year clinical Psy.D. student at GSAPP. She received her B.A. in psychology from Rutgers University. Previously, she gained research experience through DBT-RU and the Kleiman Lab. Her prior clinical experiences include working as a clinician at Rutgers CAPS and the Center for Psychological Services. Currently, she is also a clinician at the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at Rutgers University. Her research and clinical interests include BPD, suicidal behaviors, and emotion regulation.

Qing Yin is a third-year clinical psychology Ph.D. student at Rutgers University. She received her B.S. in psychology from University of Washington and M.S. in clinical behavioral psychology at Eastern Michigan University. Her interest centers around translating science to clinical practice to improve behavioral interventions for emotion dysregulation and suicide. Her research interests include emotion dysregulation, suicide thinking and behavior, process of change in DBT, repeated measure designs, and novel approaches of DBT implementation.

Research Assistants 2021-2022

Alexander Hauser is a senior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Biological Sciences at Rutgers University. After college, Alexander plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology, and is interested in studying clinical interventions for personality disorders and affective disorders.

Ana Lopez is a third-year undergraduate student at Rutgers University. She is majoring in Biological Sciences within the School of Arts and Sciences. She has been a research assistant at DBT-RU since January 2021 and has worked alongside fellow lab members getting exposure to this field. Ana plans to pursue a Juris Doctor degree and specialize in patent law.

Hannah Pucker is a first-year clinical Psy.D. student at GSAPP. She received her B.A. in psychology from Bowdoin College in 2019. Previously, she participated in the Post-Baccalaureate Clinical Fellowship at McLean Hospital, working as a community residence counselor on a short-term, residential unit for adolescents (ART) and as a clinical educator at a DBT-adherent residential program for adolescent boys (3 East). She also conducted research on BPD with Dr. Mary Zanarini in the Laboratory for the Study of Adult Development. Her research and clinical interests include severe mental illness, suicidality, and improving access to treatments like DBT.

Shania Sekhon is an undergraduate student in her fourth-year at Rutgers University. She will be receiving her B.A. in psychology and sociology. Previously, she worked as a program assistant at the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center and a research assistant at the Rutgers Social Perception Lab. She also spent a semester shadowing Dr. Anthony Tobia, a psychiatric clinical faculty member at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Shania plans to pursue a M.A. in Mental Health Counseling in the future.

Thanharat (Poojah) Silamongkol is a first-year clinical Psy.D. student at GSAPP. She graduated from Macalester College in 2018. Prior to coming to GSAPP, she worked as a research coordinator at the Research in Adolescent Depression Lab at the University of Minnesota. She is interested in suicide, self-harm, attachment, and emotion regulation in adolescents.

Madison Taylor is a research assistant for DBT-RU. She received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2020. She previously worked in the Boundaries of Anxiety and Depression Lab and DeRubeis Lab at the University of Pennsylvania. She is is also currently works as a research coordinator Dr. Evan Kleiman (Psychology Dept., School of Arts & Sciences). Her interests include developing and implementing brief, technology-driven interventions in young adults, such as college students. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in the future.