Dr. Dixon-Gordon is an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Division of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. Her research focuses on understanding how emotions and the way people manage them can lead to self-destructive behaviors and other problems, especially in the context of psychopathology, with a focus on borderline personality disorder (BPD). This research uses laboratory-based and longitudinal and micro-longitudinal research, as well as clinical trials to identify how to relieve self-destructive behaviors and emotional suffering.
In addition, Dr. Dixon-Gordon is a licensed clinical psychologist, and is board-certified in DBT, and is a DBT Trainer in Training at Behavioral Tech LLC. She directs the DBT Program in the Psychological Services Center at UMass. Her clinical work focuses on evidence-based treatments for people who struggle with self-destructive behaviors and emotion dysregulation, to help them build a life worth living.