Education and Training
I completed my B.A. in psychology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. I then worked for two years in Boston as a clinical research coordinator at the Bipolar Clinic and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. Following this, I earned my Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, which emphasized evidence-based interventions for adults (e.g., CBT, DBT, ACT), including co-leading multiple DBT groups for adults with mood and emotion regulation problems. In my final year of graduate training, I completed a clinical internship at the Durham Veterans Affairs Hospital, where I furthered my skills in working with adults across inpatient and outpatient settings, including training in the treatment of sleep disorders and health-related issues (e.g., chronic pain).
My commitment to strengthening my clinical skills in evidence-based interventions took me across coasts to California, where I completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University’s School of Medicine in the Psychosocial Treatment Clinic and Bipolar Disorders Clinic. My postdoctoral fellowship included training in CBT, DBT, ACT, and mindfulness-based interventions for adults with mood disorders (bipolar disorder and depression), personality disorders, anxiety disorders, and adjustment disorders—and included co-leading a Stanford DBT group for adults with bipolar disorders throughout the year. I immediately started my private practice upon completion of my postdoctoral fellowship.
I am a licensed psychologist in California (PSY-26614). I offer individual psychotherapy to adults in Mountain View, Palo Alto, and the surrounding areas of San Jose, Los Gatos, Campbell, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Los Altos, Menlo Park, Redwood City, San Mateo, and San Francisco.
Outside of my private practice, I am actively involved in teaching and consultation. My colleague, Dr. Ayelet Kattan, and I teach a DBT seminar for postdoctoral fellows and faculty within Stanford University’s School of Medicine. Teaching this seminar enriches my clinical work, and allows me to assist in training the next generation of psychologists. I also consult weekly with other psychologists in private practice and at Stanford University to further my expertise.
Additionally, I have been involved in numerous research projects dedicated to furthering our understanding of risk for bipolar spectrum disorders. I have co-authored a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals in the area of understanding risk for bipolar disorders. Please see below for a selection of my publications:
Walsh, M. A., DeGeorge, D. P., Barrantes-Vidal, N., & Kwapil, T. R. (2015). A 3-Year longitudinal study of risk for bipolar spectrum psychopathology. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 124, 486-497.
DeGeorge, D. P., Walsh, M. A., Barrantes-Vidal, N., & Kwapil, T. R. (2014). A three-year longitudinal study of affective temperaments and risk for bipolar spectrum psychopathology. Journal of Affective Disorders, 164, 94-100.
Kwapil, T. R., DeGeorge, D., Walsh, M. A., Burgin, C. J., Silvia, P. J., & Barrantes-Vidal, N. (2013). Affective temperaments: unique constructs or dimensions of normal personality by another name? Journal of Affective Disorders, 151, 882-890.
Walsh, M. A., Brown, L. H., Barrantes-Vidal, N., & Kwapil, T. R. (2013). The expression of affective temperaments in daily life. Journal of Affective Disorders, 145, 179-186.
Walsh, M. A, Royal, A. M., Barrantes-Vidal, N., & Kwapil, T. R. (2012). The association of affective temperaments with impairment and psychopathology in a young adult sample. Journal of Affective Disorders, 141, 373-381
Walsh, M. A., Royal, A., Brown, L. H., Barrantes-Vidal, N., & Kwapil, T. R. (2012). Looking for bipolar spectrum psychopathology: Identification and expression in daily life. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 53, 409-421.
Kwapil, T. R., Barrantes-Vidal, N., Armistead, M. S., Hope, G., Brown, L. H., Silvia, P. J., & Myin-Germeys, I. (2011). The expression of bipolar spectrum psychopathology in daily life. Journal of Affective Disorders, 130, 166-170.
I am a member of the following professional organizations:
- American Psychological Association
- Northern California Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Network
- Santa Clara County Psychological Association