Dr. Shireen Rizvi, ABPP

Professor, Core Faculty
Department Chair, Clinical Psychology
University of Washington
Office: Psychology, A229
Phone: 848-445-3914

I received my doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Washington where I studied borderline personality disorder and Dialectical Behavior Therapy for more than five years under the mentorship of Dr. Marsha Linehan. I completed my predoctoral clinical internship at the Boston Consortium in Clinical Psychology and an NIMH postdoctoral fellowship at the National Center for PTSD at the Boston VA Healthcare System. Following this fellowship, I was Assistant Professor of Psychology at the New School for Social Research in NewYork City from 2006-2009 before coming to GSAPP in 2009.

At GSAPP, I teach courses related to cognitive behavioral therapy and DBT. I also direct the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Clinic at Rutgers (DBT-RU) which is a research and training clinic for individuals with the borderline personality disorder and associated problems.

I am a professional member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology (SSCP), and the American Psychological Association. I am also a founding member of the New York City Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Association. Furthermore, I am President of the Board of the International Society for the Improvement and Teaching of DBT (ISITDBT; I am board certified in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology and in Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

I serve as a primary mentor students in both the Psy.D. and Ph.D. programs. In 2017, I was presented with the “Spotlight on a Mentor” award from ABCT.

Books & Articles: 

A sample of publications (* indicates student co-author):

Oliveira, P.N.,* & Rizvi, S.L. (in press). Phone coaching in Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Frequency and relationship to client variables. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

Rizvi, S.L., & Sayrs, J.H.R (in press). Assessment-driven case formulation and treatment planning in Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Using principles to guide effective treatment. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice.

Rizvi, S.L., Hughes, C.D.*, Hittman, A.D.*, & Vieira Oliveira, P.* (2017). Can trainees effectively deliver Dialectical Behavior Therapy for individuals with the borderline personality disorder? Outcomes from a training clinic. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 73, 1599-1611.

Rizvi, S.L., Hughes, C.D.*, & Thomas, M.C.* (2016). The DBT Coach mobile application as an adjunct to treatment for suicidal and self-injuring individuals with borderline personality disorder: A preliminary evaluation and challenges to client utilization. Psychological Services, 13, 380-388.

Rizvi, S.L., Steffel, L.M.*, Carson Wong, A.* (2013). An overview of Dialectical Behavior Therapy for professional psychologists. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 44, 73-80.

Learning Theory and CB Foundations
Fundamentals of Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy in Practice

My research interests include improving outcomes, training, and dissemination of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for the treatment of complex and severe populations. I have received funding from the National Insitute of Mental Health (NIMH), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) for my research. My research has culminated in over 60 peer-reviewed articles and chapters.

A Promising Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder
Rutgers Today, October 15th 2010

2017 Spotlight on a Mentor Award, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies 

2014 Rutgers University Presidential Fellowship for Teaching Excellence

2002 Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology, Dissertation Grant Award

2002 University of Washington, Department of Psychology, Dissertation Research Award