Peggilee Wupperman

Peggilee Wupperman

Peggilee Wupperman
Associate Professor
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10.63.20 NB


Ph.D., Clinical Psychology                       University of North Texas

Predoctoral Internship, Psychology       Yale School of Medicine

M.S., Clinical Psychology                         University of North Texas

B.S., Psychology                                         University of Texas at Dallas


Dr. Wupperman is invested in improving the understanding and – ultimately – treatment of emotion and behavior dysregulation (often known as self-destructive, impulsive, or addictive behaviors). Before joining the faculty at John Jay, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship (through the Yale Psychotherapy Development Center) and served as research faculty at Yale School of Medicine. Her research focuses on: 1) evaluation and dissemination of a transdiagnostic psychotherapy (Mindfulness and Modification Therapy; MMT) developed to target dysregulated behaviors; 2) exploration of constructs underlying emotion and behavior dysregulation; and 3) investigation of the effects of mindfulness and emotion-regulation skills on mental health and well-being. She recently completed her third grant-funded clinical trial of MMT, which can be customized to target specific populations and dysregulated behaviors.

MMT has shown promising results in decreasing alcohol and drug abuse, anger issues, physical aggression, binge eating, trichotillomania, compulsive checking, smoking, and a variety of other dysregulated behaviors. MMT works to help clients: a) clarify life values, and b) acquire the capability to experience the moment – including negative emotions and cravings/urges – without engaging in harmful behaviors that can interfere with lives that feel valuable and fulfilling. MMT also targets risk factors for dysregulated behavior, such as lack of pleasurable/fulfilling life experiences, difficulty living according to personal values, and difficulty with relationships.

Dr. Wupperman is currently writing a detailed MMT treatment manual. She regularly conducts MMT workshops, trainings, and consultations for mental-health practitioners at all levels. She also authors a Psychology Today blog focused on self-destructive (dysregulated) behaviors:



*Denotes student authors at time of project

Wupperman, P., *Ryan, B., *Unachukwu, F., *Edwards, E.  (In preparation).  A transdiagnostic treatment for behavioral dysregulation: A case series of Mindfulness and Modification Therapy targeting binge eating.

*Edwards, E., *Gintoft-Cohen, M., & Wupperman, P.  (Accepted for publication). Barriers to implementation of mindfulness in therapy for substance abuse: Results from a preliminary survey of substance therapists in community clinics. Subtance Use and Misuse.

Westphal, M., Leahy, R. L., & Wupperman, P. (In press.) Self-Compassion and emotional invalidation mediate the effects of parental indifference on adult psychopathology.  Psychiatry Review.                 

*Edwards, E., & Wupperman, P. (Accepted for publication). Emotion regulation mediates effects of alexithymia and low emotion differentiation on aggressive behavior.

Wupperman, P., *Gintoft-Cohen, M., Haller, D. L., Flom, P., Litt, L. C., & Rounsaville, B. J. (2015). Mindfulness and Modification Therapy for behavior dysregulation: A comparison trial focused on substance use and aggression. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 71, 964-978.

Wupperman, P., & *Edwards E. (in press). Dialectical behavior therapy and gender. The Sage encyclopedia of gender. Sage Publications.

Wupperman, P., *Fickling, M., Klemanski, D., Berking, M., & *Whitman, J.E. (2013). Borderline personality features and harmful behavioral dysregulation: The mediational effect of mindfulness. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 69, 903-911.

*Gintoft-Cohen, M., Wupperman, P., & Tau, G. (2013). Mindfulness in the treatment of adolescents with problem substance use. Adolescent Psychiatry. 3, 172-183.

Berking, M., & Wupperman, P. (2012). Emotion regulation and mental health: Recent findings, current challenges, and future directions. Current Opinions in Psychiatry, 25, 128-134.

Wupperman, P., Marlatt, G.A., *Cunningham, A., Bowen, S., Berking, M., *Mulvihill-Rivera, N., & Easton, C.E. (2012). Mindfulness and Modification Therapy for behavior dysregulation: Results from a pilot study targeting female alcohol use and aggression. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 68, 50-66.

Berking, M., Poppe, C., Luhmann, M., Wupperman, P., Jaggi, V., Seifritz, E. (2012). Is the association between various emotion-regulation skills and mental health mediated by the ability to modify emotions? Results from two cross-sectional studies. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 43, 931-937,

Berking, M., Margraf, M, Ebert, D., Wupperman, P., Hofmann, S., & Junghanns, K. (2011). Deficits in emotion-regulation skills predict alcohol use during and after cognitive behavioral therapy for alcohol dependence. Journal of Clinical and Consulting Psychology, 79, 307-318.

Berking, M., *Toth, P., & Wupperman, P. (2010). Enhancing emotion-regulation skills in police officers: Results of a pilot controlled study. Behavior Therapy, 41, 1878-1888.

Wupperman, P., Neumann, C.S., *Whitman, J.E., & Axelrod, S.R. (2009). The role of mindfulness in borderline personality features in an inpatient sample. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 197, 766-772.

*Crutchfield A., Neumann C., & Wupperman P. (2009). An investigation of negative affect and positive symptoms of psychosis. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 35, 20-21, Supplement

Wupperman P. , Ample, P., Devine, S., Zonana, H., & Easton, C. (2009). Violence and substance use among female partners of men in treatment for adult violence. Journal of the Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, 37, 75-81.

Berking, M., Wupperman, P., Reichardt, A., Znoj, H., & Pejic, T. (2008). Emotion-regulation skills as a treatment target in psychotherapy. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 46, 1230-1247.

Easton, C.J., Lee, B., Wupperman, P., & Zonana, H. (2008). Substance abuse and domestic violence interventions: The need for theoretical based research. American Journal on Addictions.

Wupperman, P., Neumann, C.S., & Axelrod, S.R. (2008). Do deficits in mindfulness underlie borderline personality features and core difficulties? Journal of Personality Disorders, 22, 466-482.

Berking, M., Orth, U., Wupperman, P., Meyer, L., & Caspar, F. (2008). Prospective effects of emotion-regulation skills on emotional adjustment. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 55, 485-494.

Easton, C.J., Devine, S., Scott, M., & Wupperman, P. (2008). Mental health and addictive disorders among men and women entering prisons: Implications for assessment and treatment. Journal of the Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, 36, 35-38.

Easton, C.J., Saccob, K.A., Neavins, T.A., Wupperman, P., & George, T.P. (2008). Neurocognitive performance among alcohol-dependent men with and without physical violence toward their partners: A preliminary report. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 34-36.

Wupperman, P., & Neumann, C.S. (2006). Depressive symptoms as a function of sex-role, rumination, and neuroticism. Personality and Individual Differences, 40, 189-201.

Rogers, R., & Wupperman, P. (2006). Diagnostic interviews. In S. Ayers, A. Baum, C. McManus, S. Newman, K. Wallston, J. Weinman & R. West (Eds.), Cambridge Handbook of Psychology, Health and Medicine (2nd Edition). Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press.

Neumann, C.S., Vitacco, M.J., Hare, R.D., & Wupperman, P. (2005). Re-construing the "Reconstruction" of psychopathy. Journal of Personality Disorders, 19, 723-728.


Selected Media Contribution

Wupperman, P. (Series of online articles, ongoing). Beyond self-destructive behavior. Psychology Today.

            -Understanding self-destructive (dysregulated) behavior (12/2015)

            -Mindfulness in the treatment of self-destructive behavior (1/2016)

            -Mindfulness and self-destructive behavior, Part II; Building emotional muscles (2/2016)

            -Mindfulness and self-destructive behavior, Part III; Finding the pause button (3/2016)

            -Mindfulness and self-destructive behavior; Part IV; Reconnecting with your values (5/2016)


(a) psychotherapy development and evaluation; (b) conceptualization and treatment of emotion and behavior dysregulation; (c) predictive effects of mindfulness and emotion-regulation skills on mental health.

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