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M. Zachary Rosenthal, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University

M. Zachary Rosenthal, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences/Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Director, Sensory Processing and Emotion Regulation Program/Duke Cognitive Behavioral Research and Treatment Program
Duke University Medical Center

Durham, NC

Dr. Rosenthal is an Associate Professor with a joint appointment in the Duke University Medical Center Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Duke University Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. He is director of both the Sensory Processing and Emotion Regulation Program and the Duke Cognitive Behavioral Research and Treatment Program (CBRTP).

After completing an internship in medical psychology at Duke University Medical Center, Dr. Rosenthal received his Ph.D. from the University of Nevada in Reno.

Dr. Rosenthal is a licensed clinical psychologist in North Carolina who is trained in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and is an expert in the treatment of borderline personality disorder (BPD) and other difficult-to-treat populations using dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). He is a faculty member in the Duke medical psychology internship program, training and supervising medical psychology interns on the CBT track. In addition, Dr. Rosenthal provides educational training to community mental health and substance abuse professionals through a partnership between Duke University and the North Carolina Evidence-Based Practices Center.

Dr. Rosenthal’s line of research has focused on characterizing problems with emotional functioning and emotion regulation in BPD. He is the principal investigator on a NIDA-funded project and a separate project funded by the Department of Defense, examining whether a virtual reality-based cue exposure platform and cellular phone-based extinction reminder delivery system can improve treatment for addiction. This work has been featured on ABC’s “Good Morning America” as an example of cutting edge research using new technologies. In addition, he is the principal investigator on a study funded by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, examining whether specific problems with emotion regulation characterize depressed adults who have recently attempted suicide.

Dr. Rosenthal has published in scientific journals and book chapters, including Emotion, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Psychology Review, Journal of Traumatic Stress, and Behavior Research and Therapy.


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