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Alan Fruzzetti

Professor Emeritus


Alan E. Fruzzetti, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology and director of the dialectical behavior therapy and research program at the University of Nevada, Reno.

He received his Bachelor of Arts from Brown University and Master of Science and doctoral degree from the University of Washington in Seattle.

His research focuses on the interplay between severe psychopathology and interpersonal processes (including couple and family interactions, partner abuse, and therapist-client interactions, and their interplay with emotion dysregulation) and the development and evaluation of effective individual and family treatments for these problems.

Fruzzetti is research director and a member of the board of directors of the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder and member of the board of directors of the International Society for the Investigation and Teaching of DBT, and on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Linehan Institute.

He has authored about 100 research and clinical papers and book chapters, and two books, and is the co-creator of the NEA-BPD Family Connections program, for parents, partners, and other loved ones of people with BPD and related problems. In addition to maintaining an active clinical practice, Fruzzetti has created multiple successful DBT applications for individuals, couples, parents and families and has provided extensive training in the United States, Europe, Australia and New Zealand in DBT.


  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Washington, 1993
  • M.S., Clinical Psychology, University of Washington, 1989
  • B.A., Political Science, Brown University, 1982