Julianne Wilner is a clinical extern at the Boston Child Study Center, where she provides supervised individual and group cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) for adolescents, young adults, and their families struggling with anxiety, mood, and related disorders. After graduating from Boston University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and minor in Spanish, Julianne worked at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Behavioral Medicine Service as a clinical research coordinator where she gained experience in clinical research and treatment at the intersection of mental health and chronic illness. Julianne went on to receive her master’s degree in psychology from BU and is currently a doctoral student in clinical psychology, also at BU. She works concurrently at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD) at BU, where she delivers transdiagnostic cognitive-behavioral therapy to patients with a wide range of emotional disorders, including anxiety, depression and borderline personality disorder. She is certified in the Unified Protocol for Treatment of Emotional Disorders (UP), and as assistant director of the Unified Protocol Institute, coordinates training workshops for therapists looking to bring the UP to their clinical practice and helps to train other graduate student clinicians in delivering the UP.
Julianne’s research interests include investigating mechanisms that maintain symptoms in emotional disorders, and the development, implementation, and evaluation of transdiagnostic, cognitive-behavioral treatments targeting these mechanisms. She is specifically interested in understanding similarities amongst anxiety, depression, and borderline personality disorder, including suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Currently, Julianne is working on a mechanistic evaluation of different theories of borderline personality disorder within the context of interpersonal conflict to help inform what drives symptoms.