Telehealth Group Therapy

IRB Approved Study Number: 



Katherine Dixon-Gordon PhD


Phone Number: 

(413) 345-0053

Type of Subjects: 

Middle-aged Adult


Receive free group therapy as part of the Mapping Aspects of Psychotherapy in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (MAPDBT) research study. The goal of MAPDBT is to compare how different parts of evidence-based group therapy may improve emotional functioning among people who struggle to manage their emotions and have self-destructive behaviors. Participants will receive 6 weeks of free group therapy. Although these group interventions are based on evidence-based care, they are experimental as we do not know how six weeks of each separate group will affect your symptoms.

Participants would be required to attend 6 weeks of virtual group therapy (2 hours each session), come for 3 in-person visits (3 hours each session) to the Clinical Affective Science Lab (CASL) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (maintaining social distance and following safety guidelines), and complete sets of online surveys. Unfortunately, the in-person sessions cannot be done virtually. In addition, participants will be compensated a small amount for participation (up to $210 for the full study).

Before people sign up for the study, we like to provide participants with more information on what participation involves. Additionally, we would also like to ask some questions about some psychological symptoms they may have experienced in order to ensure that they qualify for the study. This phone call should take about 30-40 minutes to complete and can be scheduled by emailing

We will be launching a final round of groups in mid-October, and will be completing participant enrollment soon. Please contact our lab now to complete the screening process and pre-group requirements, many of which can be completed virtually!

Visit the CASL website for more information: or call 413-354-0053

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