SPD Scientific Work Group Participants

Rosenthal, M. Zachary, PhD

Title: Professor
Department: Psychiatry, Medical Psychology
Institution: Duke University School of Medicine
Mailing Address: DUMC (3026), 2213 Elba St., Durham, NC 27710
Phone: (919) 684-6702

M. Zachary Rosenthal, Ph.D., is an Assistant 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). Dr. Rosenthal received his Ph.D. from the University of Nevada, Reno, after completing an internship in medical psychology at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Rosenthal’s line of research has focused on characterizing problems with emotional functioning and emotion regulation in borderline personality disorder (BPD). Over the past few years, his research has expanded to the development of novel computer-based interventions for treatment-resistant populations. He is the PI on a NIDA-funded project and a separate Dept. of Defense funded project 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 PI on an American Foundation for Suicide Prevention funded study examining whether specific problems with emotion regulation characterize depressed adults who have recently attempted suicide. He 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.

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 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 trainings to community mental health and substance abuse professionals through a partnership between Duke University and the North Carolina Evidence-Based Practices Center.