DIRECTOR: Shireen L. Rizvi, PhD, ABPP, is Associate 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 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), 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 book entitled Chain Analysis in Dialectical Behavior Therapy . 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 i is a Past President of the Board of ISITDBT. Dr. Rizvi has trained hundreds of practitioners from around the world in DBT. She received the Spotlight on a Mentor Award from the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies in 2017.
Maria Alba is a fourth-year Clinical Psy.D. student at GSAPP. She received her B.A. from Rutgers University in Psychology and Women's & Gender Studies. Maria's clinical experiences include providing evidence-based trauma treatment to children and families in the foster care system; treating adults with cognitive behavioral therapy at the Center for Psychological Services at GSAPP; and co-leading Family Connections. Currently, she provides comprehensive DBT to adolescents and adults at DBT-RU and serves as a CBT and DBT therapist on the Children's Day Unit, a day hospital program for adolescents. She previously was a research assistant for DBT-RU and currently volunteers with the Rutgers Community Partners in Youth Mental Health. Her research and clinical interests include trauma, parental involvement in child treatment, DBT, BPD, and child and adolescent populations.
Kathryn Coniglio, M.S., is a fourth-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 and worked as the clinical research coordinator for the Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. 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.). Her research interests include how emotion dysregulation, and particularly, positive emotion dysregulation, influences eating disorder psychopathology.
Kate El-Sharkawy is a third-year Clinical Psy.D. student at GSAPP. She received her B.A. from the University of Southern California in Art History. She currently works as a clinician in both the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program and the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at Rutgers University. 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 primary interests include the cognitive-behavioral treatment of mood, anxiety and eating disorders, and relatedly, women’s health. 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 third-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.
Febrian (Annie) Moten is a second-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 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.
Molly Stern is a second-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 before going back to school to study psychology at U.C. Berkeley. Before coming to DBT-RU, her clinical experiences included working at the Crisis Support Services of Alameda County as a Crisis Counselor and Shift Supervisor. During her first year at GSAPP, she worked with individuals of all ages and backgrounds with a variety of anxiety disorders. Molly is interested in psychological impacts of health crises, emotional dysregulation, anxiety disorders, and how mindfulness-based treatments affect outcomes.
Jessica Weatherford is a third-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 Chapman 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 and has 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.
Research Assistants 2020-2021
Melanie Rosen is a first-year clinical Psy.D. student at GSAPP. Prior to coming to Rutgers, she graduated with her B.A. from Appalachian State University in 2017, and with her M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2020. Melanie has both clinical and research experience working with people with suicidal ideation and emotion dysregulation, as well clinical experience doing basic neuropsychiatric testing and psychometry. Her research interests include cognitive processes and neuropsychology, suicidality and emotion dysregulation, and severe mental illness such as personality disorders and schizophrenia spectrum disorders.
Jeganee Srijeyanthan is a recent graduate of Rutgers University, with a B.A. in Psychology and Cognitive Science. Previously, she worked as an addiction and co-occurring disorder group counselor intern, a lab assistant in the Stigma, Health, and Close Relationships Laboratory, and as a member of an on-campus peer-counseling organization, Scarlet Listeners. Jeganee has an interest in working with mood disorders, anxiety, and BPD, and she plans to pursue a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology.
Madison Taylor graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2020 with a B.A. in Psychology. During her time at Penn, Madison conducted research in the Boundaries of Anxiety and Depression lab during an independent study. For her honors thesis, Madison worked in the DeRubeis Lab to develop and evaluate a brief online mental health promotion intervention for college students. Madison plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in the future.
April Yeager is a first-year clinical Psy.D. student at GSAPP. She received her B.A. in psychology from Rutgers University in 2017. Previously, she worked as a research assistant for DBT-RU and as a research coordinator for Dr. Evan Kleiman (Psychology Dept., School of Arts & Sciences). Currently, she is gaining clinical experience providing cognitive behavioral therapy at Rutgers Counseling, Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program & Psychiatric Services (CAPS). Her research and clinical interests include BPD, suicidal behaviors, and emotion regulation.
Qing Yin is a second-year clinical psychology Ph.D. student at Rutgers University. She received her B.S. in psychology from University of Washington, following which she assisted a study on computerized DBT skills training. She was then trained in the philosophy and principles of behavior analysis and received her 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 ideation and behavior, process of change in DBT, repeated measure designs, and novel approaches of DBT implementation.