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McLean researcher

John G. Gunderson: Personality and Psychosocial Research Program

The Personality and Psychosocial Research Program, established in 1979, focuses on research into the causes and diagnosis of borderline personality disorder (BPD).

Our seminal studies on BPD helped establish the diagnosis as an empirically validated and internationally recognized condition with specific treatments and good outcomes. Our clinician-scientists study the origins, course, development, and treatment of BPD.

Recent research has focused on interactions of BPD and mood and other psychiatric disorders, a longitudinal study of patients with BPD, and the development of general psychiatric management, a treatment approach that teaches non-specialist clinicians to treat BPD effectively.