BPD and Stigma

Life Beyond the Label

This webinar will discuss the stigma associated with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Topics covered will include an overview of existing stigmatizing beliefs, a discussion of how these beliefs can become internalized within individuals diagnosed with BPD, and the known negative outcomes accompanying stigma. Finally, this webinar will discuss how those living with BPD, family members of those living with BPD, and treatment providers may effectively address and respond to such stigma when it arises. Dr. Uliaszek will also be sharing opportunities for those interested in being part of her BPD stigma research.We will also be sharing opportunities for those interested in being part of our BPD stigma research.

This webinar was held on Tuesday, October 19, 2021.


Dr. Amanda A. Uliaszek

Dr. Amanda A. Uliaszek

Amanda A. Uliaszek, Ph.D., C.Psych is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Graduate Department of Psychological Clinical Science at the University of Toronto, as well as the Clinician Scientist for SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health and an Affiliate Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

As the director of the STEPP (Study and Treatment of Emotion Dysregulation and Personality Pathology) Lab since 2011, Dr. Uliaszek has gained international recognition as an expert in both dialectical behavior therapy and borderline personality disorder, with a specific focus on understanding and improving treatments for adolescents and university students. Her current research more broadly prioritizes psychotherapy mechanisms, outcomes, program improvement and evaluation, as well as barriers to treatment implementation, in a variety of hospital, community, and residential treatment settings. She has 35 publications, many in clinical psychology’s top journals, and 70 conference presentations. Dr. Uliaszek’s research has been funded by the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC), the Connaught New Researcher Award, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. She is a Co-Investigator in the Clinical Research and Evaluation Cluster, funded through UTSC’s Clusters of Scholarly Prominence Program.

Maya Amestoy

Maya Amestoy

Maya Amestoy received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Ryerson University in 2020. Maya completed her honours thesis under the supervision of Dr. Alexandra Fiocco, in which she examined the moderating role of physical activity in the relationship between acute stress and emotional eating. Maya also has research experience in the areas of sleep and mood disorders, as well as memory and cognition in younger and older adults. Her current research aims to explore the stigma associated with Borderline Personality Disorder and the consequences of such stigma on individual functioning. She is also interested in assessing moderators and mechanisms in psychotherapy.

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