Friday, May 3, 2019

9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Mary S. Harkness Auditorium
Sterling Hall of Medicine
333 Cedar Street
New Haven, CT 06519

Featured Presenters:    Melanie Harned, PhD, ABPP; David Klonsky, PhD; Daniel Lee, PhD; and Monnica Williams, PhD, ABPP

This year’s conference will address research, treatment, and support options for individuals who struggle with problems associated with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and their families. Our presenters include researchers, treatment developers, master clinicians, and individuals with lived experience. Our hope is that this conference will contribute to better understanding, support, and assistance for trauma survivors suffering from emotional dysregulation, and decrease stigma for them and their families.

Our conference is aimed at mental health professionals, training clinicians and researchers, as well as those with lived BPD experience and their family members. Presentations are designed to make cutting edge research and practice accessible to both professionals and lay audience members, and ample time is provided for questions from the audience throughout the conference day.

Continuing Education Credits

Social Workers: This program has been approved for 5.75 Continuing Education Credit Hours by the National Association of Social Workers, CT and meets the continuing education criteria for CT Social Work Licensure renewal.
Psychologists: This conference will provide 5.25 hours of educational programming and will offer 5.25 CE credits.
Other: A certificate of attendance for this program is provided.


By completion of the conference, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the Ideation-to-Action Framework and Three-Step Theory of Suicide and discuss how it can be applied to Borderline Personality Disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • Identify ways to include cultural considerations in the treatment of PTSD in people of color.
  • Discuss the relationship between emotion regulation and post-traumatic stress, and the implications of this for people with BPD who have been exposed to trauma
  • Describe the rationale, basic structure, and procedures for integrating PTSD treatment into Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Review research findings evaluating the safety and effectiveness of the DBT-PE protocol.
  • Describe support options for family members of those who struggle with emotional dysregulation.

Registration Fees

  • Professional Early Bird: $130.00 (by April 5)
  • Professional: $150.00
  • Family Member: $50.00
  • Consumer: $25.00
  • Trainee: $50.00 (Yale and Yale New Haven Hospital trainees please email
  • Group discounts of 15% are available for Professional groups of 5 or more. Group members must register together with a single check or credit card payment (see instructions on registration website).

Conference Program

Faculty Speakers

Linda Cozzens, MD
Primary Care Pediatrician, Reliant Medical Group
Linda Cozzens, MD is a pediatrician, wife, and mother of three young adults. She has worked as a primary care pediatrician at Reliant Medical Group in Southboro, Mass., for 26 years. She loves getting to know families over time, and watching their stories unfold, and she now has the great pleasure of caring for the children of some of her former patients. She is passionate about helping parents of children who are affected by challenges her own children have faced. For the past three years she has taught a recurring 15 module webinar series, “DBT Parent Support and Skills Group” for parents of students at La Europa Academy, a residential treatment center in Murray, Utah. She has been the parent partner in five two-day Family Connections workshops at that same program. She is also active in the Type 1 Diabetes community, as a volunteer for AYUDA (American Youth Understanding Diabetes Abroad) as well as fundraising for the JDRF for the past 11 years.

Frank Fortunati, MD, JD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine
Medical Director, Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital
Associate Chief of Psychiatry, Yale New Haven Hospital



Melanie Harned, PhD, ABPP
DBT Program Coordinator, VA Puget Sound Health Care System
Senior Research Scientist, Department of Psychology, University of Washington
Dr. Melanie Harned began developing the DBT PE protocol in 2005 and received a grant from NIMH in 2009 to formally develop and test the treatment in an open trial and a pilot randomized controlled trial. In 2015, she was awarded a second grant from NIMH to evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment in public mental health settings. In 2018, Dr. Harned was awarded a third grant from NIMH to prepare to conduct a large-scale hybrid effectiveness-implementation trial of DBT with the DBT PE protocol in routine practice settings. She has published extensively on topics related to DBT and DBT PE and regularly provides training and consultation in these treatments in the U.S. and internationally. Dr. Harned is a licensed psychologist in the state of Washington, a certified DBT therapist, PE therapist, and PE supervisor, and is board certified in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology.

David Klonsky, PhD
Professor, Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia
E. David Klonsky, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. He has more than 100 publications on suicide, self-injury, and related topics, and has been recognized by awards from the American Association of Suicidology, Association for Psychological Science, and Society of Clinical Psychology (APA). He is Past-President of the International Society for the Study of Self-injury, Associate Editor of Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, and has advised the American Psychiatric Association for DSM-5 and both the US and Canadian governmental organizations regarding suicide and self-injury prevention. In 2015 he published the Three-Step Theory (3ST) of suicide.

Daniel Lee, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Behavioral Science Division, National Center for PTSD, VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston University School of Medicine
Dr. Lee completed his undergraduate training at the University of Massachusetts and his masters and doctoral training at Auburn University under the mentorship of Dr. Frank Weathers. He completed his predoctoral internship through the VA Boston Healthcare System Psychology Internship Training Program. Dr. Lee is currently a NIMH T32 postdoctoral fellow at the Behavioral Science Division of the National Center for PTSD at the VA Boston Healthcare System and Boston University School of Medicine. His program of research has focused on understanding the association between emotion regulation and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), development and evaluation of emotion regulation and PTSD assessment instruments, and understanding mechanisms of PTSD treatment.

Emma Eden Ramos
Emma Eden Ramos is the author of two novels and one poetry chapbook. Her novels have been reviewed in The San Francisco Book Review, The Roanoke Times, and other well-known papers. Ramos’s poetry chapbook was shortlisted for the Independent Literary Award in 2011. Ramos has also written articles and essays for Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism, Women Writers, Women’s Books, Agnes Films Journal, and other magazines. She worked as an editor and contributor at Luna Luna Magazine, and has had her articles mentioned on,, and on WBAI 99.5 Pacifica Radio. Ramos is the editor in chief of Eudaimonia Press, an independent publishing company, and teaches high school in New York City.

Monnica T. Williams, PhD, ABPP
Associate Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences & Department of Psychiatry, University of Connecticut
Monnica Williams, Ph.D. is the Director of the Laboratory for Culture and Mental Health Disparities and the Clinical Director of the Behavioral Wellness Clinic, LLC in Mansfield, Connecticut. She has conducted clinical research on psychological and pharmacological treatments of OCD, PTSD, and anxiety disorders. Her research interests also include the role of culture and race on mental illness. She is an authority on obsessive-compulsive disorder, including sexual orientation-themed OCD (called SO-OCD or HOCD). She has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and scientific reports, with a focus on anxiety-related conditions and cultural differences, including articles about therapeutic best practices. She is an associate editor of The Behavior Therapist and New Ideas in Psychology, and she is on the editorial board of the Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Her work has been funded by local and federal competitive grants, including the National Institutes of Health and the American Psychological Foundation.