Alan Fruzzetti, Ph.D.

Alan E. Fruzzetti, Ph.D. is Director of Training in Family Services and Director of DBT Adherence for 3East DBT programs at McLean Hospital, and Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He received his B.A. from Brown University and M.S. & Ph.D. from the University of Washington in Seattle. Alan has adapted and implemented Dialectical Behavior Therapy for multiple underserved populations and developed many successful DBT programs for people with BPD, other problems with emotion regulation, and programs for couples, parents, and families. His research focuses on the connections between severe psychopathology and interpersonal/family processes, and their interplay with emotion dysregulation.

Dr. Fruzzetti is President of the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder, on the Board of Directors of the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, and co-founder of the Center for DBT and Families. He has authored well over 100 research and clinical papers and book chapters, two books, is the editor of the Guilford DBT Practice series, and has lectured and trained professionals and the public in more than two dozen countries in BPD, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and/or in family interventions. Alan is the co-creator (with Dr. Perry Hoffman) of the NEA-BPD Family Connections (FC) program for parents, partners, and other loved ones of people with BPD and related problems, and the new FC adaptation for parents with trauma related to suicidality in their loved ones. He has received many honors for research, teaching, and for community service, and is married with four children.

Past Trainings:

  • Brief DBT Family Interventions in a Crisis and Beyond (2021)
  • DBT with Reactive or High Conflict Couples (2022)