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About the Treatment Developer

Dr. Thomas R. Lynch, PhD

Professor Emeritus in Clinical Psychology, University of Southampton

Professor Thomas R. Lynch is Professor Emeritus of Clinical Psychology at the University of Southampton. He is the treatment developer of Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO DBT), an evidence-based treatment that is supported by 20 years of clinical experience and translational research that parallels established guidelines for treatment development (e.g., UK Medical Council, 2008; Rounsville & Carroll, 2001; 2006).

Professor Lynch received his PhD in clinical psychology at Kent State University (1996; USA) and completed postdoctoral training at Duke University (1997; USA). He was the Director of the Duke Cognitive Behavioral Research and Treatment Program and member of the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry at Duke University from 1998-2007. He moved to the UK in 2007 to the University of Exeter and now is located at the University of Southampton, School of Psychology.

He has received five research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH USA), a National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) research award, an American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) research award, and a John A. Hartford Foundation award. He is the Principal Investigator on two National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA R01s) while at Duke University. One was a multi-site study of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) for borderline personality disorder with opiate dependence and the second a virtual reality study examining novel methods to enhance cue exposure treatment for cocaine addiction. Currently he is the Chief investigator of a multi-centre RCT funded by the Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation program and Medical Research Council—Project REFRAmed—REFRactory depression: Mechanisms and Effectiveness of radically open-dialectical behavior therapy.

He has been a standing Member of the Interventions Committee for Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders, Personality Disorders, and Disorders of Late Life at the National Institute of Mental Health Grant Review Committee (ITSP NIMH; USA; 2005-2007) and his research has been recognized in the Science and Advances Section of the National Institute of Health FY 2005 Congressional Justification Report. He is a recipient of the John M. Rhoades Psychotherapy Research Endowment, is a Beck Institute Scholar, and is a Grandfathered Fellow in the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Professor Lynch is also well-known for being an authoritative, entertaining and charismatic speaker. He is in frequent demand as a speaker internationally—e.g., Europe, USA, and Canada.

For more information, please see Dr Lynch’s University webpage.