Shirley Yen, PHD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior (Research)
Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Work: +1 401-444-1915
Shirley Yen's research focuses on identifying predictors of suicidal behavior in adolescents and on developing interventions to prevent such behaviors. She is particularly interested in examining the role of cross-cutting dimensions such as positive and negative affectivity and disinhibition on these behaviors. She is also interested in whether borderline personality disorder (BPD) can be reliably diagnosed in adolescents.
BiographyShirley Yen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago (BA) and received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Duke University (PhD). Dr. Yen's research focuses on identifying risk factors and developing interventions for suicidal behaviors in adolescents and adults. While most of her prior research has been with adults with borderline personality disorder, Dr. Yen has recently expanded her interests to work with adolescents. Currently she is a principal investigator of two adjunctive transdiagnostic interventions for suicidal adolescents who have been admitted to the inpatient psychiatric unit due to suicide risk. Dr. Yen is also an investigator in the multi-site Course and Outcome of Bipolar Youth study. Past NIMH-funded studies in which Dr. Yen has been an investigator include the Collaborative Longitudinal Study of Personality Disorders, a landmark study of adult PD, and a naturalistic follow-up study of suicidal adolescents.
Grants and AwardsPhi Beta Kappa, University of Chicago, 1990
Graduate Fellowship, Duke University, 1992-1997
Predissertation Fellowship, International Social Science Research Council, 1996-1997
Graduate Student Fellow, Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, People's Republic of China, 1996-1997.
Young Investigator's Award, Association for Clinical Psychosocial Research, 2001
Editorial Board, Journal of Personality Disorder
Editorial Board, Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment
AffiliationsAmerican Psychological Association (APA)
International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders
Secretary and Board Member, North American Association for Research on Personality Disorders
Funded ResearchCurrent PI:
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH); Dispositional Affect, Family Environment and Adolescent Suicidality; $794,899 direct; 5/05.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH); Coping Long Term with Attempted Suicide Program - Adolescents; $450,000 direct; 2/11.
National Institute of Mental Health, Course and Outcome of Bipolar Youth, $2,585,777, 2001.
SAMSHA, Incorporate Suicide Prevention Knowledge and Skills Into Rhode Island's MPH and Medical School Curricula, 9/29/2010.
Social Science Research Council; A cross-cultural comparison of depressive symptom manifestation; approx $25,000; 6/95.
Executive Committee on Research, Brown University; Emotional experiencing in women with borderline personality disorder; $15,000; 1999.
NIMH: Collaborative Longitudinal Study of Personality Disorders; $944,564 direct; 5/05.
NIMH: Emotional Processing in Borderline Personality Disorder; $154,593 direct Brown; 6/04
- Yen, S. Shea, M.T., Walsh, Z., et al. (in press). Self-harm subscale of the Schedule of Nonadaptive and Adaptive Personality (SNAP): Predicting suicide attempts over 8 years of follow-up. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. (IN PRESS)
- Skodol, A.E., Shea, M.T., Yen, S., White, C.N., Gunderson, J.G. (2010). Personality disorders and mood disorders: Perspectives on diagnosis and classification from studies of longitudinal course and familial association. Journal of Personality Disorder, 24(1), 83-108. (2010)
- Yen, S., Johnson, J., Costello, E., Simpson, E.B. (2009). A 5-Day Dialectical Behavior Therapy Partial Hospital Program for Women with Borderline Personality Disorder: Predictors of Outcome from a 3-Month Follow-up Study. Journal of Psychiatric Practice, 15, 173-182. (2009)
- Yen, S., Shea, M.T., Sanislow, C.A., et al. (2009). Personality Traits as Prospective Predictors of Suicide Attempts. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, (2009)
- Yen, S., Pagano, M.E., Shea, M.T., et al. (2005) Recent life events preceding suicide attempts in a personality disorder sample: Findings from the Collaborative Longitudinal Personality Disorders Study. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 73, 99-105. (2005)
- Yen, S., Shea, M.T., Sanislow, C.A., et al. (2004) Borderline personality disorder criteria associated with prospectively observed suicidal behavior. American Journal of Psychiatry, 161, 1296-1298. (2004)
- Simpson, E., Yen, S., Costello, E., et al. (2004). Combined Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Fluoxetine pharmacotherapy in patients with Borderline Personality Disorder: Is there an additive effect? Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 65, 379-385. (2004)
- Shea, M.T., Stout, R.L., Yen, S., et al. (2004) Associations in the course of personality disorders and Axis I disorders over time. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 113, 499-508. (2004)
- Shea, M.T., & Yen, S. (2003). Stability as a distinction between Axis I and II disorders. Journal of Personality Disorders, 17, 373-386. (2003)
- Rettew, D.C., Zanarini, M.C., Yen, S., et al. (2003). Childhood antecedents of avoidant personality disorder: A retrospective study. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 42, 1122-1130. (2003)
- Zlotnick, C., Johnson, D., Yen, S., et al. (2003). Clinical features and impairment in women with borderline personality disorder (BPD) with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), BPD without PTSD, and other personality disorders with PTSD. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 191, 706-713. (2003)
- Yen, S., Shea, M.T., Pagano, M., et al. (2003). Axis I/II disorders as predictors of prospective suicide attempts: Findings from the Collaborative Longitudinal Study of Personality Disorders. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 112, 375-381. (2003)
- Johnson, D.M., Shea, M.T., Yen, S., et al. (2003). Gender differences in borderline personality disorder: Findings from the Collaborative Longitudinal Personality Disorders Study. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 44, 284-292. (2003)
- Yen, S., & Siegler, I.C. (2003). Self-blame, social introversion, and male suicides: Prospective data from a longitudinal study. Archives of Suicide Research, 7, 17-27. (2003)
- Phillips, K.A., Yen, S., & Gunderson, J.G. (2002). Personality disorders. In: Hales R.E.,Yudofsky S.C., eds. The American Psychiatric Press Textbook of Psychiatry, Fourth Edition. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Press Inc, pp. 803-832. (2002)
- Yen, S., Zlotnick, C., & Costello, E. (2002). Affect regulation in women with borderline personality disorder traits. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 190, 693-696. (2002)
- Yen, S., Shea, M.T., Battle, C., et al. (2002). Traumatic exposure and posttraumatic stress disorder in borderline, schizotypal, avoidant and obsessive-compulsive personality disorders: Findings from the Collaborative Longitudinal Personality Disorders Study. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 190, 510-518. (2002)
- Yen, S., & Shea, M.T. (2001). Recent developments in research of trauma and personality disorders. Current Psychiatry Reports, 3, 52-58. (2001)
- Yen, S., Robins, C.J., & Lin, N. (2000). A cross-cultural comparison of depressive symptom manifestation: China and the United States. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 68, 993-999. (2000)
- Yen, S., McDevitt-Murphy, M.E., Shea, M. (2005). Depression and personality. In: Stein, D.J. Kupfer, D.J., Schatzberg, A.F. eds. The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Mood Disorders. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Publishing Inc. ()
- Shea, M.T., & Yen, S. (2005). Models of relationship between personality dimensions, disorders and depression. In: Kennedy, S., Rosenbluth, M., Bagby, M.R., eds. Personality Disorders and Depression. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Publishing Inc. ()