Dr. Skye Fitzpatrick is the Director of the TULiP (Treating & Understanding Life-Threatening Behaviour and Posttraumatic Stress) Research Lab at York University. Dr. Fitzpatrick completed her PhD in 2018 at Ryerson University, a predoctoral internship in Seattle at the University of Washington, and postdoctoral fellowship in the Center of Alcohol Studies at Rutgers University. Her current research interests focus on the examination of emotional and relationship processes in the treatment of BPD and PTSD, and identifying ways to streamline and refine concurrent treatments for this comorbidity.
Ms. Sonya Varma is a clinical psychology graduate student in the Treating and Understanding Life-threatening Behaviour and Posttraumatic Stress Lab at York University, under the supervision of Dr. Skye Fitzpatrick. Prior to beginning her graduate training, Ms. Varma worked as a Research Analyst under the supervision of Dr. Shelley McMain in the Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Clinic at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Her primary role involved coordinating a multi-site randomized control trial evaluating a brief duration of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) for individuals with BPD. Ms. Varma has presented at national and international conferences on emotion processing and the therapeutic relationship in BPD. Ms. Varma's research is guided by a deep interest in identifying ways to optimize BPD interventions, determining what interventions work best for who and why. She is currently working to enhance our understanding of the distinct ways in which Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), emotion dysregulation (i.e., disrupted experiences of emotion and difficulties modulating it), and interpersonal difficulties impact BPD pathology.
Amanda A. Uliaszek is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological Clinical Science at the University of Toronto where she has been the director of the Personality, Psychopathology, and Psychotherapy Lab since 2011. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Northwestern University and completed her predoctoral residency at the University of Illinois Chicago Medical Center. Dr. Uliaszek’s research is concentrated on a multi-leveled approach to the study of borderline personality disorder (BPD) symptomatology, as well as the efficacy and effectiveness of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), an evidence-based psychological treatment for BPD. Dr. Uliaszek has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles examining BPD and DBT, has presented her work at dozens of international conferences, and conducted clinical workshops in multiple hospitals and treatment facilities. Dr. Uliaszek is a registered psychologist in Ontario, with an expertise in the delivery of DBT and cognitive-behavioral therapy for a range of personality disorders, depressive and anxiety disorders, and eating disorders.