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.
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 via telemedicine to adults in the state of California.
Outside of my private practice, I work part-time for Camden Center, which is a partial hospitalization/intensive outpatient program (PHP/IOP) in San Francisco. I assist with group and individual therapy as part of their Comprehensive DBT Program. I also consult regularly with other psychologists in private practice across two consultation teams 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