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Postdoctoral Fellowship, Yale Psychotherapy Development Center (Psychology)

Ph.D., University of North Texas (Clinical Psychology)

Predoctoral Internship, Yale School of Medicine (Psychology)

M.S., University of North Texas (Clinical Psychology)

B.S., University of Texas at Dallas (Psychology)


Dr. Wupperman is invested in improving treatment for individuals with dysregulated emotions and behaviors (often known as impulsive, addictive, or self-destructive behaviors). Her research focuses primarily on evaluating and disseminating a transdiagnostic psychotherapy (Mindfulness and Modification Therapy; MMT) developed to target dysregulated behaviors. Related research includes: 1) exploring constructs underlying emotion and behavior dysregulation, and 2) investigating the effects of mindfulness and emotion-regulation skills on mental health and well-being. She is the author of Treating Impulsive, Addictive, and Self-Destructive Behavior: Mindfulness and Modification Therapy, published thorugh Guilford Press.

MMT can be tailored to target specific client needs and specific dysregulated behaviors. MMT has shown promising results in decreasing alcohol and drug abuse, anger issues, physical aggression, binge eating, trichotillomania, and a variety of other dysregulated behaviors. MMT works to help clients: 1) clarify life values, and 2) acquire the ability 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 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.

Scholarly Work


Wupperman, P. (April 2019). Treating Impulsive, Addictive, and Self-Destructive Behaviors: Mindfulness and Modification Therapy. New York, NY: Guilford Press.




*denotes student author at the time of project

Wupperman, P., *Burns, N., *Pugach, C.P., & *Edwards, E. (2019.)  Treatment for individuals with severe mental illness who use illicit drugs while maintained on methadone: Mindfulness and Modification Thearpy. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease.

*Edwards, E., & Wupperman, P. (2018). Research on emotional schemas: A review of findings and challenges. Clinical Psychologist.

Leahy, R., Wupperman. P., *Edwards, E., *Shivaji, S., Molina, N. (2018). Metacognition and emotional schemas: Effects on depression and anxiety symptoms. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy.

*Edwards, E. R., & Wupperman, P. (2018). The Emotion Mapping Activity: Preliminary evaluation of a computer-based exercise to improve emotion labeling in alexithymic persons. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology.

Wupperman, P., *Burns, N., *Edwards, E. *Ryan, B., *Unachukwu, F., *Pugach, C.  (. A transdiagnostic treatment for behavioral dysregulation: Feasibility study of Mindfulness and Modification Therapy targeting binge eating.

Rogers, R., Williams, M., & Wupperman, P. (2017). Diagnostic interviews: Recent Developments. In S. Ayers, A. Baum, C. McManus, S. Newman, K. Wallston, J. Weinman & R. West (Eds.), Cambridge Handbook of Psychology, Health and Medicine (3rd Edition). Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press.

*Edwards, E. R., *Micek, A., Mottarella, K., & Wupperman, P. (2017). Emotion ideology mediates effects of risk factors on alexithymia development. Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive Behavior Therapy, 2017.

Wupperman, P., & *Edwards E. (2016). Dialectical behavior therapy and gender. The Sage encyclopedia of gender. Sage Publications.

*Edwards, E., *Gintoft-Cohen, M., & #upperman, P. (2016). Substance-treatment professionals’ perceived barriers to incorporating mindfulness into treatment. Journal of Substance Use and Misuse.

Westphal, M., Leahy, R. L., & Wupperman, P. (2016). Self-Compassion and emotion invalidation mediate the effects of parental indifference on posttraumatic stress disorder, borderline personality disorder, and major depressive disorder. Psychiatry Research.          

*Edwards, E., & Wupperman, P. (2016). Emotion regulation mediates effects of alexithymia and emotion differentiation on aggressive behavior. Deviant 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., *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., 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). Aggression and substance use among female partners of men in treatment. 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.