M. Zachary Rosenthal, Ph.D.


M. Zachary Rosenthal, Ph.D., 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 the Duke Cognitive Behavioral Research and Treatment Program (CBRTP) and the Sensory Processing and Emotion Regulation Program. He also is the Program Director for the Duke Clinical Psychology Fellowship Program, and Vice Chair for Clinical Services in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Rosenthal’s line of research has focused on characterizing problems with emotional functioning and emotion regulation in adult psychopathology in general and borderline personality disorder (BPD) specifically. While studying emotion regulation and BPD, Dr. Rosenthal become interested in understanding the role of sensory over-responsivity in adults, which has led in recent years to early studies designed to explore misophonia. In addition, his research aims to develop novel behavioral interventions that translate models of learning into mobile phone-based interventions for adults who are highly emotionally dysregulated and/or substance dependent. Dr. Rosenthal is a licensed psychologist in North Carolina with expertise in contemporary cognitive behavioral therapies (CBTs), and is an expert in the treatment of BPD using dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). He is active in clinical training for graduate students, Medical Psychology interns, post-docs, and community clinicians throughout North Carolina. He provides educational training to community mental health and substance abuse professionals through a partnership between Duke University, AHEC, and the North Carolina Evidence-Based Practices Center. For fun, he spends evenings and weekends watching his two sons play ice hockey and wishing he knew how to skate like they do.
He can be reached at 
rosen025@mc.duke.edu or (919) 684-6702.

Selected publications: 


Rosenthal, M.Z.
, Gratz, K., Kosson, D. S., Lejuez, C. W., Cheavens, J. S., & Lynch, T.R. (2008). Borderline personality disorder and emotional functioning: A review of the research literature. Clinical Psychology Review, 28, 75-91. 

Rosenthal, M. Z., Cheavens, J. S., Lynch, T. R., & Follette, V. M. (2006). Thought suppression mediates the relationship between negative mood and PTSD symptom severity in sexually assaulted women. Journal of Traumatic Stress19, 741-745.

Gratz, K. L., Rosenthal, M. Z., Tull, M. T., & Lejuez, C. W., & Gunderson, J. G. (2006). An experimental investigation of emotion dysregulation in borderline personality disorder. Journal of Abnormal Psychology115, 850-855.

Rosenthal, M. Z., & Follette, V. M. (2007). The effects of sexual assault-related intrusion suppression in the laboratory and natural environmentBehaviour Research and Therapy45, 73-87.

Rosenthal, M. Z., Cukrowicz, K. C., Cheavens, J. S., & Lynch, T. R. (2006). Self-punishment as a regulation strategy in borderline personality disorder. Journal of Personality Disorders20, 232-246.

Lynch, T. R., Rosenthal, M. Z., Kosson, D., Cheavens, J. S., Lejuez, C. W., & Blair, R. J. R. (2006). Heightened sensitivity to facial expressions of emotion in borderline personality disorder. Emotion6, 647-655.

Rosenthal, M. Z., Cheavens, J. S., Lejuez, C. W., & Lynch, T. R. (2005). Thought suppression mediates the relationship between negative affect and borderline personality disorder symptoms. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 43, 1173-1185.

Cheavens, J. S., Rosenthal, M. Z., Daughters, S. D., Novak, J., Kosson, D., Lynch, T. R., & Lejeuz, C. (2005). An analogue investigation of the relationships among perceived parental criticism, negative affect, and borderline personality disorder features: the role of thought suppression. Behavior Research and Therapy43, 257-268.


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