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Jill Rathus, Ph.D.

Jill H. Rathus

Professor of Psychology

B.A., Cornell UniversityM.A., Ph.D., Stony Brook University


Jill H. Rathus, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at Long Island University/CW Post Campus in Brookville, New York, and Co-Director of the Family Violence Program at CW Post. Dr. Rathus received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University, completed her clinical internship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY, and received her PhD from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Her primary areas of clinical and research focus are Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Relationship Distress, and Domestic Violence. She has developed and conducted programs in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for adolescents and adults as well as males referred for intimate partner violence, and received foundation and university funding to study and adapt DBT. She co-authored the primary text on adolescent DBT (DBT with Suicidal Adolescents, Guilford Press) and co-developed a new DBT skills module, Walking the Middle Path. She has also co-developed a DBT-informed treatment for youth exposed to trauma (Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress [SPARCS]), an approach now being evaluated widely. She serves as reviewer to several psychology journals, consults on treatment development, participates on National Institute of Mental Health grant review committees, and trains mental health professionals in DBT and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has published dozens of peer-reviewed articles and chapters, most recently on DBT, adolescent suicidality, marital distress, and domestic violence. In addition to her book on DBT, she has published Marital Distress: Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Couples (Jason Aronson); Assessment of Family Violence: A Handbook for Researchers and Practitioners (APA Press); Assessment of Partner Violence: A Handbook for Researchers and Practitioners (APA Press). Finally, she maintains a private practice in Great Neck where she directs the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program.


Anxiety Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Couple Distress and Couples Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Intimate Partner Violence, Mental Therapy, Spousal Abuse, Suicidal and Self Injurious Adolescents (Treatment, Features, Causes),


  • Co-author, “Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Suicidal Adolescents”
  • Co-author, “Assessment of Partner Violence”
  • Co-author, “Marital Distress: Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Couples”
  • Rathus, J.H., Wagner, D., & Miller, A.L. Self-report assessment of emotion dysregulation, impulsivity, interpersonal chaos, and confusion about self: Development and psychometric eval. of the Life Problems Inventory. (Manuscript in preparation).
  • Miller, A.L., Rathus, J.H., & DeBose (in press). Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescents: Adapting treatment across settings. In K. Keorner and L. DiMeff (Eds.) Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Applications Across New Modes and Settings. Guilford Press.
  • Rathus, J.H., Meyer, S.L., & O’Leary. (Under revision). Attachment, proximity control, and wife abuse. Journal of Family Violence.
  • Rathus, J.H. (2006). Dialectical behavior therapy for anger-related disorders. In E. Feindler (Ed.) Anger-Related Disorders: A practitioner’s guide to comparative treatments (pp. 139-164). NY: Springer Publishing.
  • Rathus, J.H., Cavuoto, N., & Passarelli, V. (2006) DBT: A mindfulness-based treatment for intimate partner violence. In R. Baer (Ed.) Mindfulness-based Treatment Approaches: Clinician’s Guide to Evidence Base and Applications (pp. 333-358). Boston: Academic Press.
  • Wagner, E., Rathus, J.H., & Miller, A.L. (2006). Mindfulness in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for adolescents. In R. Baer (Ed.) Mindfulness-based Treatment Approaches Clinician’s Guide to Evidence Base and Applications (pp. 167-189). Boston: Academic Press.
  • Miller, A.L., Wagner, E., & Rathus, J.H. (2004). Dialectical behavior therapy for suicidal adolescents: An overview. In H. Steiner & C. Remy (Eds.) Handbook of Mental Health Interventions in Children and Adolescents (pp.659-684). Jossey-Bass.
  • Rathus, J.H., & Miller, A.L. (2002). Dialectical behavior therapy adapted for suicidal adolescents. Suicide & Life Threatening Behavior, 32,146-157.