At the Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotion Processing lab (the BEP lab), our ultimate mission is to decipher, de-stigmatize, and refine relevant effective treatments for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). In order to do this, we need to address several critical questions. First, we want to know what is BPD? Prominent theories suggest that BPD is a disorder of emotion dysregulation, and so we are currently committed to examining emotion and emotion regulation processes in BPD. We do this by measuring a range of emotional processes (e.g., emotional reactions, emotion regulation) across a range of indices (e.g., self-report, psychophysiology) using cutting edge experimental paradigms. We are hopeful that, if we can shed more light on what BPD is, we can guide more effective treatments for it.
Relatedly, we also want to know how can we improve the lives of people living with BPD in the here and now. We try to answer this question by testing a range of interventions and strategies that might help people with BPD decrease their intense emotional responses and increase their capacity to regulate their emotions and tolerate intense distress. We are particularly focused on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), an evidence-based treatment for BPD.
Regardless of what we’re studying or how we’re studying it, everything we do ultimately comes back to our clients. Every step we take in our research process is guided by our firm commitment to reduce the suffering of people with BPD, improve their quality of life, and decrease the stigma associated with BPD.