Dr. Alan E. Fruzzetti is an internationally recognized leader in program development, research, teaching and supervision in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). In addition to his work as co-founder of the Center for Trauma and Stress Education, he is Director of Training in Family Services and a senior DBT supervisor for 3East programs at McLean Hospital. He received his B.A. from Brown University and M.S. & Ph.D. from the University of Washington in Seattle. He is professor emeritus at the University of Nevada, Reno and faculty at HMS/McLean Hospital. Dr. Fruzzetti has adapted and implemented DBT for multiple underserved populations and developed many successful DBT programs for people with BPD, related problems with emotion regulation, stress and trauma, and programs for couples, parents, and families. His research focuses on the connections between severe individual distress/disorders and interpersonal/family processes, and their interplay with emotion dysregulation.
Dr. Fruzzetti is Past President of the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder and on the Board of Directors for the DBT Board of Certification and World DBT Association. He has authored over 125 research and clinical papers, monographs, manuals and book chapters, two books, and is the editor of the Guilford DBT Practice series. He has lectured and trained professionals and the public in more than twenty-five countries. Alan is the co-creator of the free/open access NEA-BPD Family Connections programs for parents, partners, and other loved ones of people with BPD, trauma related to suicide attempts and related problems, and for parents with trauma. He has testified for Congressional committees about problems related to suicide and has received many honors for research, teaching, and for community service, and is married with four children.