Who we are

Senior Management

Dr Thomas R. Lynch, PhD.

Thomas Lynch is the treatment developer of RO DBT and the author of the RO DBT textbook and skill manual, see Books on RO DBT.

He is the director of the Radically Open Institute that provides oversight of all therapist, supervisor and trainer pathways as well as various research and developmental initiatives and committees, and as such has the final say on all teaching materials.

You can read more about Dr Lynch on our About the Treatment Developer page.

Erica Smith-Lynch, MA, M.E.C.I., Dip. P.M.

Erica Smith-Lynch is the Chief Executive Officer and the Director of Treatment Development and Training.

Erica has been involved in the development of RO DBT since 2008 and has extensive experience working alongside Professor Lynch (her husband) in training therapists in the therapy.

For 15 years Erica owned and ran a retreat center in Southern France where she offered mindfulness-based retreats and seminars, as well as ecological retreats.

Prior to this, Erica's career was in the provision of training services across a wide variety of industries, culminating in her position as Divisional Chief Executive for a UK public limited company employing more than 300 people in 25 locations across the UK. Her career has taken her to various countries where she has experienced training in a variety of different cultures e.g. the Middle East, Africa and the USA.

Dr Roelie Hempel, PhD

Roelie Hempel is the Chief Financial Officer and Director of Dissemination & Online training.

Roelie completed her PhD in Psychology in 2008 at the Erasmus University, Rotterdam (The Netherlands), and subsequently worked as a senior research fellow at the Universities of Exeter (2008-2011) and Southampton (2011-2017) in the UK. She was the Trial Manager for RefraMED, the multi-site randomized controlled trial investigating the efficacy and mechanisms of Radically Open Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

In 2017 she decided to switch from an academic to a business career and started working full-time for Radically Open Ltd and later RO DBT Online B.V. Her passions within the company are dissemination of RO DBT both to the academic and professional worlds, and developing online contents and e-learning modules to make RO DBT more accessible to the worldwide community of clinicians wanting to learn RO DBT.

Support Staff

Jodi Bhachu-Smith

Jodi is our Business Support Manager and the first point of contact for questions about our training courses. In addition, she manages the social media accounts and with her excellent hospitality skills, ensures that our live training events run smoothly.

Jodi's career began in the vibrant hospitality sector, gaining foundational experiences at renowned establishments such as Belmond's Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, and the 3-star Michelin restaurant Core by Clare Smyth. These roles honed her skills in precision, problem-solving, and luxury service, setting a high standard for excellence.

Transitioning to a more creative and strategic role, Jodi served as a Product Coordinator and Executive Assistant at Villa Lena, blending her expertise in hospitality with product management. Here, she led the development, branding and communication of products, showcasing her ability to innovate and elevate customer engagement.

With a degree in Fashion Business from Polimoda, Jodi also excels in writing and editing. Her academic projects have explored the integration of Circular Business Models in fashion with outdoor pursuits, reflecting her passion for sustainability and innovation.