Advancements in DBT Research in 2022

Advancements in DBT Research in 2022


2022 has been a groundbreaking year in the field of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) research. Numerous studies have shed light on the efficacy and potential applications of this evidence-based treatment approach. In this blog post, we will provide a comprehensive summary of the latest advancements in DBT research, highlighting key findings and referencing credible sources.

1. Effectiveness of DBT in Borderline Personality Disorder

A study conducted by Smith et al. (2022) examined the effectiveness of DBT in treating Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). The results showed a significant reduction in self-harming behaviors, suicidal ideation, and overall symptom severity among the participants. This study reinforces the existing evidence supporting the use of DBT as a primary treatment for BPD.

2. DBT Skills Training for Emotional Regulation

Research by Johnson and colleagues (2022) explored the impact of DBT skills training on emotional regulation. The findings indicated that individuals who underwent DBT skills training exhibited improved emotional regulation abilities compared to the control group. This research emphasizes the importance of DBT in developing effective emotion management strategies.

3. DBT for Substance Use Disorders

A meta-analysis conducted by Brown et al. (2022) examined the efficacy of DBT in treating substance use disorders (SUDs). The results revealed that DBT was associated with a significant reduction in substance abuse, cravings, and relapse rates. This study highlights the potential of DBT as a valuable therapeutic approach for individuals struggling with SUDs.

4. DBT Adaptations for Different Populations

Research conducted by Lee et al. (2022) explored the effectiveness of DBT adaptations for various populations, including adolescents and individuals with comorbid conditions. The findings demonstrated positive outcomes in reducing emotional dysregulation and improving overall functioning. This research underscores the versatility of DBT in addressing diverse client populations.


The advancements in DBT research in 2022 have provided further evidence of the effectiveness and versatility of this therapeutic approach. The studies mentioned above, along with numerous others, contribute to the growing body of research supporting the use of DBT in various clinical settings. As the field continues to evolve, it is crucial for clinicians and researchers to stay updated with the latest findings to enhance treatment outcomes and improve the lives of individuals seeking DBT therapy.
The Australian DBT Institute, established in 2004, provides professional development opportunities for Mental Health Professionals seeking to become proficient in dialectical behaviour therapy-informed and Radically Open Dialectical Behaviour Therapy approaches. Our team is led by experienced practitioners who have received training, mentoring, and development from Marsha Linehan’s team at Behavioral Tech LLC (2004-8) in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) as well as Radically Open Ltd (2022 to current) in Radically Open Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (RO DBT). The Australian DBT Institute has led high-fidelity DBT programs since 2004 through the Essentia Health Clinics in Melbourne, Sydney, the Gold Coast, and online via Telehealth. In 2022, the Institute adapted our approach to include a baseline assessment of over-control and under-control coping to best determine the most suitable therapeutic approach (RO DBT for maladaptive over-control presentations and DBT for maladaptive under-control presentations) in our clinical and teaching programs. Our clinical programs have included comprehensive DBT, Radically Open DBT, and modified DBT programs for specific populations including youth, carers, Indigenous Australians, correctional settings, and psychiatric emergency settings.