Few have touched so many as did Perry in her 30 DBT years as she passionately worked to advocate for and support those with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and especially their families.
Perry began as a therapist and skills trainer, then became a family skills trainer in 1989 on the first-ever inpatient Dialectical Behavior Therapy program, in White Plains, New York, where she also eventually directed the DBT Day Hospital program. Perry received her PhD in Social Work from NYU, and began contributing to the research literature as she studied levels of expressed emotion in families of BPD.
Perry co-founded an advocacy, support, and educational organization, the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEABPD). NEABPD is the nationally recognized organization dedicated to building better lives for millions of Americans affected by Borderline Personality Disorder. NEABPD works with families and persons in recovery, raises public awareness, provides education to professionals, promotes research and advocates with Congress to enhance the quality of life of those affected by this serious but treatable mental illness.
From its inception in 2001, NEABPD has received several grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, established BPD Awareness Month through Congress, worked with NAMI to have BPD as one of its priority populations, and hosted over 50 conferences.
She won awards from the American Psychiatric Association and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (Excellence in Community Mental Health in 2011). She leveraged the work of renowned research professionals, developed professional education courses and published two major books. NEABPD conducts the only weekly call-in series and hosts the largest media library on the disorder in the world based on its 50 conferences it has convened both nationally and internationally.
Perry co-designed a twelve-week psychoeducation course, Family Connections™, with Alan Fruzzetti, PhD, training families and professionals to voluntarily work with other families to help them improve their relationship with their BPD family members. The course has been a huge success and continues to grow around the world, with Family Connections™ now being offered in more than 22 countries.
In addition, she maintained a private practice with offices in New York City and Mamaroneck, NY.
Perry dedicated her professional life to helping families impacted by Borderline Personality Disorder. Because of her tirelessness and inspiration the work she has done will go on and continue to help countless others.