Our Research and Training Programmes

National DBT Project Office

Coordinated National DBT Research
The National DBT Research Project has three core objectives:
1) evaluate the effectiveness of DBT in all teams trained (outcome evaluation)
2) evaluate the economic effectiveness of DBT
3) evaluate the implementation of DBT

As research papers and reports are finalised we will make them available under the Publications section below:


Some journal articles/books are Open Access and free to view. For these articles, we have included links to the specific journal page. For all other articles, we have listed the article title, journal name and date of publication.

Dialectical behaviour therapy: implementation of an evidence-based intervention for borderline personality disorder in public health systems, Current Opinion in Psychology, 2021

Dialectical behaviour therapy skills reconsidered: applying skills training to emotionally dysregulated individuals who do not engage in suicidal and self-harming behaviours, Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotion Dysregulation, 2020

An Evaluation of the Skills Group Component of DBT-A for parent/guardians: A Mixed Methods Study, published online in the Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, 24th January 2020

A cost-effectiveness analysis of dialectical behaviour therapy for treating individuals with borderline personality disorder in the community. Irish Journal of Medical Science (September 2019) 

Does an adapted DBT skills training programme result in positive outcomes for participants with a dual diagnosis? A mixed methods study. Addiction Science and Clinical Practice, (August 2019)

National DBT Project Report 2013-2018

Multisite Implementation and Evaluation of 12-Month Standard Dialectical Behaviour Therapy in a Public Community Setting, published in the Journal of Personality Disorders (2018) 

"Borderline Personality Disorder: Resource Utilisation Costs in Ireland" published in the Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, 16 July 2018

Dialectical behaviour therapy – skills training for emotional problem solving for adolescents (DBT STEPS‐A): evaluation of a pilot implementation in Irish post‐primary schools, published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 3 June 2018.

The Oxford Handbook of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (August 2017), including a chapter on Implementation in National Systems: DBT in an Irish Context (March 2018)

Exploring DBT clinicians' experiences of team consultation meetings (February 2018)

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for treating adults and adolescents with emotional and behavioural dysregulation: study protocol of a coordinated implementation in a publicly funded health service. (February 2018)

DBT (STEPS-A) - Report on the Pilot Implementation in Ireland.pdf (size 1.2 MB) (October 2017)

Standard 12 month dialectical behaviour therapy for adults with borderline personality disorder in a public community mental health setting. (September 2017)

Family Connections versus optimised treatment-as-usual for family members of individuals with borderline personality disorder. (August 2017)