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My research is focused on topics related to personality disorders, DBT, and assessment in forensic psychology. I have presented my research at multiple international conferences and published in multiple peer-reviewed academic journals. I recently spoke as an invited panel discussant on the topic of antiracism in DBT at the annual international conference hosted by the International Society for the Improvement and Teaching of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (ISITDBT). In 2021, I co-directed the Yale National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEABPD) Conference on "BPD and The Search for Self."

See my recent publications, interviews, and upcoming speaking engagements and trainings.

“You Didn’t Cause Racism, and You Have to Solve it Anyways”: Antiracist Adaptations to Dialectical Behavior Therapy for White Therapists

Article by Drs. Ashley Pierson, Vinushini Arunagiri, and Debra Bond in The Journal of Cognitive and Behavioral Practice.

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Addiction and Borderline Personality Disorder: Interview by The Carlat Report

Dr. Pierson explores the relationship between borderline personality disorder and substance use and describes treatment approaches for patients with comorbid personality disorder and addiction. We describe an emerging approach to reduce opioid overdose deaths: supervised drug consumption sites. Plus, updates on some of the latest research on smoking cessation, alcohol use disorder, and problem gambling.

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Exploring Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) with a Yale Professor of Psychiatry - Dr. Ashley Pierson

Listen to an interview with Dr. Pierson on an episode of Scoot, a podcast by The Scooty Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the destigmatization of mental health issues.  

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Antiracist Applications to Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) w/ Ashley Pierson, Ph.D.

Past talk at University of North Carolina (UNC) School for Social Work. This workshop introduced methods for clinicians to use DBT to increase their antiracism competencies, including practical applications of the DBT technology to target one’s own racist attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors in the context of therapy. 2 CEs.

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