Alan E. Fruzzetti, PhD

Alan E. Fruzzetti, PhD

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Alan E. Fruzzetti, PhD, is the director, Training in Family Services for the 3East Continuum. He has adapted and implemented dialectical behavior therapy for underserved populations, and developed many successful DBT programs for people with borderline personality disorder and other problems with emotion regulation. His research focuses on the connections between severe psychopathology and interpersonal/family processes and their interplay with emotion dysregulation.

Dr. Fruzzetti is on the Board of Directors of the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder, the International Society for DBT, and the Linehan Institute. He has authored more than 100 research and clinical papers and book chapters and has lectured and trained professionals in more than a dozen countries on BPD, DBT, and family interventions.


Book cover - High-Conflict Couple

The High Conflict Couple: A Dialectical Behavior Therapy Guide to Finding Peace, Intimacy, and Validation
by Alan E. Fruzzetti
(New Harbinger Publications, 2006)

Education & Training

  • 1982 AB, Brown University
  • 1989 MS, University of Washington
  • 1993 PhD, University of Washington
  • 1992-1993 Pre-Doctoral Internship, Seattle Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center


Phone: 617.855.4394
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