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California School of Professional Psychology

Clinical Psychology

San Diego Campus

Associate Professor

Associate Professor

Alliant International University San Diego
10455 Pomerado Road
San Diego CA 92131


Courses, Research Interests, Publications

Personality disorders; suicidality and self-injury; shame and self-hatred; rejection sensitivity; cognitive-behavior therapy; exposure therapy; dialectical behavior therapy.

Brown, J.F., Brown, M.Z., DiBiasio, P. (2013). Treating Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and Challenging Behaviors with Adapted Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities

McNally Keehn, R., Lincoln, A.J., Brown, M.Z., & Chavira, D.A. (2012). The Coping Cat Program for children with anxiety and autism spectrum disorder: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 43(1), 57-67. DOI 10.1007/s10803-012-1541-9

Reynard, A., Gevirtz, R., Brown, M., Boutelle, K., Berlow, R. (2011). Heart Rate Variability as a Marker of Self-Regulation. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 36(3), 209-215.

Rizvi, S.L., Brown, M., & Linehan, M.M., & Bohus, M. (2011). In R. Dearing & J.P. Tangney (Eds.), Shame in the Therapy Hour. American Psychological Association.

Chen, E., Brown, M., Harned, M., & Linehan, M. (2009). A comparison of borderline personality disorder with and without eating disorders. Psychiatry Research, 170, 86-90.

Brown, M.Z., Comtois, K., Murray, A., Linehan, M., & Chapman, A.L. (2009). Shame as a Prospective Predictor of Self-Inflicted Injury in Borderline Personality Disorder: A Multi-modal Analysis. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 47, 815-822.

Dimeff, L.A., Koerner, K., Woodcock, E.A., Beadnell, B., Brown, M.Z., Skutch, J.M., Paves, A.P., Bazinet, A., Harned, M.S. (2009). Which training method works best? A randomized controlled trial comparing three methods of training clinicians in dialectical behavior therapy skills. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 47(11), 921-930.

Swanson, K.S., Gevirtz, R., Brown, M., Spira, J., Guarneri, E., & Stoletniy, L. (2009). The effect of biofeedback on function in patients with heart failure. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 34(2), 71-91.

Linehan, M., McDavid, J., Brown, M., Sayrs, J., & Gallop, R.J. (2008). Olanzapine plus dialectical behavior therapy for irritable women meeting criteria for borderline personality disorder: A double blind, placebo-controlled pilot study. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 69, 999-1005.

Chen, E.Y., Brown, M.Z., Lo, T., & Linehan, M.M. (2007). Sexually transmitted disease rates and high-risk sexual behaviors in borderline personality disorder versus borderline personality disorder with substance use disorder. Journal of Nervous & Mental Disease, 195(2), 125-129.

Chapman, A.L., & Brown, M.Z. (2007). Cognitive behavioural theory of suicidal behaviour. In: A. Shrivastava (Ed.). International Handbook of Suicide Behaviour. Gaskell Publications

Brown, M.Z., & Chapman, A.L. (2007). Stopping self-harm once and for all: Relapse prevention in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. In G.A. Marlatt & K. Witkiewitz (Eds.), Therapist's Guide to Evidence-Based Relapse Prevention. Academic Press.

Brown, M. (2006). Linehan's theory of suicidal behavior: Theory, research, and dialectical behavior therapy. In: T. Ellis (Ed.), Cognition and Suicide: Theory, Research, and PracticeGuilford Press.

Linehan, M.M., Comtois, K.A., Brown, M.Z., Heard, H.L., & Wagner, A. (2006). Suicide Attempt Self-Injury Interview (SASII): Development, reliability, and validity of a scale to assess suicide attempts and intentional self-injury. Psychological Assessment, 18(3), 303-312.

Linehan, M., Comtois, K., Murray, A., Brown, M., Gallop, R., Heard, H., Korslund, K., Tutek, D., Reynolds, S., Lindenboim N. (2006). Two-year randomized controlled trial and follow-up of dialectical behavior therapy vs therapy by experts for suicidal behaviors and borderline personality disorder. Archives of General Psychiatry, 63(7), 757-766.

Chapman, A., Gratz, K., & Brown, M. (2006). Solving the Puzzle of Deliberate Self-Harm: The Experiential Avoidance Model. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 44, 371-394.

Rosen, G., Sawchuk, C., Atkins, D., Brown, M., Lees-Haley, P., & Price, J. (2006). Risk of false positives when identifying malingered profiles using the trauma symptom inventory. Journal of Personality Assessment, 86(3), 329-33.

Brown, M., Comtois, K.A., & Linehan, M. (2002). Reasons for suicide attempts and nonsuicidal self-injury in women with borderline personality disorder. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 111(1), 198-202.

Brown, M. (2002). The impact of negative emotions on the efficacy of treatment for chronic parasuicide in borderline personality disorder. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Washington.

Ivanoff, A., Brown, M., & Linehan, M.M., (2001). Dialectical behavior therapy for for impulsive self-injurious behaviors. In D. Simeon, E. Hollander (Eds.), Self-Injurious Behaviors: Assessment and Treatment. American Psychiatric Press.

Jensen, M.P., Barber, J., Williams-Avery, R.M., Flores, L., & Brown, M. (2000). The effect of hypnotic suggestion on spinal cord injury pain. Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, 14, 3-10.

Dimeff, L.A., Rizvi, S.L., Brown, M., & Linehan, M.M. (2000). Dialectical Behavior Therapy for substance abuse: A pilot application to methamphetamine-dependent women with borderline personality disorder. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 7, 457-468.


Jocelyn McCullough. Relationships Among Emotions, Self-Harm, and Borderline Personality Characteristics

Kelsey Paulson. Consequences of anger and shame reactions in adults sexually abused as children

Errinn Bixby. Comparison of affect reduction following the cold pressor task for self-injurers and controls: An implicit and explicit study

Cristian Stanciu. Investigating the proximal causes of non-suicidal self-inflicted injury (NSSI) using semantic priming

Julia Nance. An exploration of heart rate variability biofeedback as an ancillary treatment for patients diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, an initial feasibility study

Michael Izadi. Perfectionsim, Shame, and Non Suicidal Self Injury

Sharareh Gandy. Understanding The Mechanisms Of Non-Suicidal Self-Inflicted Injury (Nssii) Among Adult Survivors Of Child Sexual Abuse

Academic History and Background

B.A. in Psychology, Stanford University

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, University of Washington, 2002

California Psychologist License PSY20785 (2006)-2006

American Psychological Association

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies

Professional Practice and Community Service

Presentation slides and handouts

Behavioral Technology and Transfer Group, Seattle, WA

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Center of San Diego