Experts Who Diagnose & Treat Borderline Personality Disorder on Tami Green
Blaise A. Aguirre, MD
"Tami Green's life story of Borderline Personality Disorder recovery offers hope and inspiration to those asking the question, "Can I have a life with joy even though I have Borderline Personality Disorder?"
Dr. Aguirre is the medical director of the Adolescent Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Center at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA, which opened in 2007. He is co-author of Helping Your Troubled Teen: Learn to Recognize, Understand, and Address the Destructive Behavior of Today's Teens (with Cynthia Kaplan, PhD and Michael Rater, MD), Fair Winds Press (2007). Author of several books and texts, Dr. Aguirre is a staff psychiatrist at McLean Hospital and an instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
Anthony W. Bateman, MA, MD, FRCPsych
"Tami Green is an excellent and inspirational speaker about Borderline Personality Disorder. She understands its effect on individuals and families. She herself has experienced borderline personality and been able to recover from it. She is therefore able to give a first hand account about the destructive experience of borderline personality disorder and yet show how it is possible to fight the disorder and to recover."
"Tami is supportive of others, listens carefully, and provides excellent information about the roles that family members can play in helping their loved ones to seek help and to recover. She not only gives hope to others but also provides effective practical advice about how patients can progress to recovery with the help of services and family members. We use her small book on self-help for managing the symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder in my unit in the United Kingdom and our patients love it."
Dr. Bateman is Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy; Visiting Professor, University College, London; Hon. Senior Lecturer, Royal Free & University College Medical School (Royal Free Campus); and served as Visiting Consultant, Menninger Clinic, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. Dr. Bateman developed Mentalization-based Treatment with Dr. Peter Fonagy for personality disorder and studied its effectiveness, which is documented in research trials. He is currently an expert member of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) development group for treatment guidelines for Borderline Personality Disorder in the United Kingdom. He has authored several books, including Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality Disorder: a Practical Guide (with Dr. Fonagy), Oxford University Press (2006), and numerous research articles and book chapters on Borderline Personality Disorder and the use of psychotherapy in psychiatric practice.
Robert O. Friedel, MD
Dr. Friedel is Distinguished Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Virginia Commonwealth University and Professor Emeritus at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He served for two years as a research fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, MD.
Dr. Friedel's research interests have focused, in part, on developing effective pharmacological treatments for patients with Borderline Personality Disorder and on identifying biological defects in patients with this disorder. He founded Borderline Personality Disorder Clinics at UAB and at MCV/VCU and now directs the MCV/VCU Clinic.
In 2004, Dr. Friedel published a book for patients with Borderline Disorder, their families and mental health professionals, titled Borderline Personality Disorder Demystified, which may be purchased through his Web site and on Amazon.com.
Dr. Friedel has also published more than 100 scientific articles, book chapters and books and is listed in Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare and in Who's Who in America.
Alan E. Fruzzetti, PhD
Dr. Fruzzetti is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Director, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Research Program, University of Nevada, Reno; Director of Research, National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder, Rye, NY; and co-designer of the Family Connections© course, with Dr. Perry Hoffman, for families of those with symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder.
Dr. Fruzzetti focuses his research, teaching and writing on the further development, evaluation, and training of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) with individuals, couples and families with chronic or severe individual and/or family distress. His most recent book is The High Conflict Couple – A Dialectical Behavior Therapy Guide to Finding Peace, Intimacy and Validation, New Harbinger Publications (2006). Dr. Fruzzetti has provided extensive DBT training in the United States, Europe, and Australia.
Glen O. Gabbard, MD
"I think your book, Self Help for Managing the Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder, is an extremely helpful and practical guide for people with the disorder. You are probably going to help a lot of people with it."
Dr. Gabbard is Brown Foundation Professor of Psychoanalysis and Professor and Director, Baylor Psychiatry Clinic. Widely published, he has authored or edited 23 books and more than 290 papers, including books on media depictions of psychiatry and mental illness in films. He was Joint Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and was Associate Editor of the American Journal of Psychiatry.
Dr. Gabbard's distinguished awards include the Strecker Award for outstanding psychiatrist under age 50 in 1994, the Sigourney Award for Outstanding Contributions to Psychoanalysis in 2000, the American Psychiatric Association Distinguished Service Award in 2002, the American Psychiatric Association Adolf Meyer Award in 2004, and the Rush Medical College Distinguished Alumnus in 2005.
His research focuses on mentalization in Borderline Personality Disorder; genetics of Borderline Personality Disorder; psychodynamic psychotherapy; and psychoanalysis.
John G. Gunderson, MD
"Tami Green is living proof what our research states: that those with BPD can and do get better and stay better. Her encouragement to others to expect positive results from treatment is to be applauded."
Dr. Gunderson is a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA and Director, Center for Treatment and Research on Borderline Personality Disorder, at McLean Hospital, Belmont, MA. His extensive research on the diagnosis and treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder has been instrumental in bringing BPD international recognition. His numerous research studies, articles, and books include "Borderline Personality Disorder: An Overview," Social Work in Mental Health, Vol. 6, No. 1/2 (2008) and Understanding and Treating Borderline Personality Disorder: A Guide for Professionals and Family Members (with Dr. Hoffman), American Psychiatric Press, Inc. (2005).
Perry D. Hoffman, PhD
"Tami Green has a unique ability to put an articulate and hopeful face on what, for many years, was thought to be an untreatable clinical condition. She is to be applauded for her commitment and courageous efforts to reach out to the BPD community, clinicians, family members and consumers alike, with the banner of hope and good news that a happy, meaningful life with BPD is possible."
Dr. Hoffman is President of the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEA-BPD) in Rye, NY, and co-designer of Family Connections©, the education and skills course for families of those with symptoms of the disorder. She has been awarded several grants from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) with a focus on families who have a relative with Borderline Personality Disorder. She is also Principal Investigator on the NIMH-funded conferences, Family Perspectives on Borderline Personality Disorder and Translating Research into Clinical Practice.
Dr. Hoffman is co-editor, with John G. Gunderson, MD, of Harvard Medical School of Understanding and Treating Borderline Personality Disorder: A Guide for Professionals and Family Members, American Psychiatric Press, Inc. (2005) and is co-editor, with Penny Steiner-Grossman, EdD, of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Borderline Personality Disorder: Meeting the Challenges to Successful Treatment, The Haworth Press (2008).
"I find Tami an engaging and most interesting woman. Her competency is evident and she is the kind of person we with mental illness can look up to and emulate. Tami has one of the finest personalities I know, and I have traveled the country for many years and met thousands of individuals. Tami stacks up as one of the finest."
Consumer Activist, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI); National Trainer, Connections Support Group Program; Past NAMI National Board Member; Consumer Council representative.
Mr. Miller has spoken extensively in his highly engaging style on his recovery from schizophrenia and is a passionate consumer advocate.
John M. Oldham, MD, MS
"Tami Green is an inspiration to us all, demonstrating that with courage, persistence, and the right treatment, persons with Borderline Personality Disorder can recover. Her mission, to spread the word that new research supports a picture of optimism and hope, is just the right one."
Dr. Oldham is Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff of the Menninger Clinic and Executive Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs and Development of the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. His distinguished responsibilities include serving as Second Vice President of the American College of Psychiatrists. He is the Past President of the South Carolina Psychiatric Association, Past President of the International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders, and Past President of the New York County District Branch of the American Psychiatric Association. Widely published, Dr. Oldham was Chair of the Work Group on Borderline Personality Disorder for the American Psychiatric Association's Practice Guideline Update for the Treatment of Patients With Borderline Personality Disorder (2001). He is editor of the Journal of Psychiatric Practice. He is actively involved in teaching and research; his research focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of patients with severe personality disorders.
Frank E. Yeomans, MD, PhD
"Tami Green is an extraordinary individual who has traveled a very special path and is now using her experience to benefit others. She has experienced the extreme pain and suffering of BPD, a condition that, while widespread, is mostly unknown to the general public. She has overcome this condition and has become an articulate spokesperson whose goal is to increase familiarity with and understanding of BPD. I wholeheartedly support her efforts to go public with what has been a private affair and to use her experience both to spread information about BPD and to communicate the hope that she embodies."
Dr. Yeomans is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Director of Training at the Personality Disorders Institute of Weill-Cornell, Lecturer in Psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, and Director of the Personality Studies Institute in Manhattan. He combines private practice with research, supervision and teaching and has authored and co-authored several articles and books on psychotherapy research and technique, including A Primer on Transference-Focused Psychotherapy for the Borderline Patient, Jason Aronson (2002) and Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality: Focusing on Object Relations, American Psychiatric Publishing (2006), both with John Clarkin, PhD and Otto Kernberg, MD.