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Aditi Vijay, PhD

Research Director and Staff Psychologist

Dr. Aditi Vijay, is a full-time licensed clinical psychologist and Research Director at CBC. Clinically, she provides individual and family CBT & DBT to patients of all ages and co-leads DBT skills training groups. In her role as Research Director, she conducts, coordinates and oversees a wide range of research activities. Research at CBC focuses on dissemination, implementation science, and prevention research. She collaborates on the evaluation of DBT & CBT in schools, as well as other CBT & DBT treatment program at CBC.

Prior to joining CBC, Dr. Vijay was the Director of the LAUNCH Program for emerging adults at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. In this capacity she taught seminars on DBT and supervised psychology trainees, medical residents and fellows and was a co-PI on the VA study “Coming Home from Afghanistan and Iraq”. She was also an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine where she collaborated on research with a focus on emerging adults. Dr. Vijay previously founded District Psychology, PLLC, in Washington, D.C., which provided individual psychotherapy and training/consultation in DBT.

Dr. Vijay began her career as a Teach For America teacher in the South Bronx. She completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Michigan, and a Masters in the Teaching of Social Studies at Teachers, College, Columbia University. Following this she earned a Masters Degree in Education at Harvard University where she focused on developing resilience in children and inequities in education and the provision of mental health services. Dr. Vijay went on to complete her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno under the mentorship of Dr. Alan Fruzzetti. She completed her predoctoral internship at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Maryland Health Care System/University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Her research interests include the role of emotion regulation in the development and maintenance of trauma symptoms, process and outcome research in DBT, and the effective prevention of suicide. She has published peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, and presented widely on emotion regulation, DBT, interpersonal relations, and DBT for parents and families.

Dr. Vijay is an active member of the Strategic Planning Committee for DBT, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, and Association for Psychological Science. Dr. Vijay is a member of ABCTs Social Media corps, which focuses on using social media to disseminate accurate information about psychological science that is easy for everyone to understand.