Founded by Marsha Linehan

Behavioral Tech was founded by Dr. Marsha Linehan.

Marsha Linehan, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Marsha Linehan, the developer of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, is a Professor of Psychology and an adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Washington. She is also the Director of the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics, where she conducts research to develop and evaluate treatments for severe and complex mental disorders. She has an ongoing clinical practice and is active in consultation, supervision, and training of mental health professionals around the world.

DBT was celebrated by TIME in the book 100 New Scientific Discoveries. In 2016, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies honored Dr. Linehan with a Career/Lifetime Achievement award.

Organizations Founded by Marsha Linehan

Behavioral Tech, LLC
The Behavioral Technology Transfer Group, Inc. was established in 1997. Behavioral Tech, LLC was founded in 2002 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Linehan Institute, Behavioral Tech trains mental health care providers and treatment teams who work with complex and severely disordered populations to use compassionate, scientifically valid treatments and to implement and evaluate these treatments in their practice setting. We specialize in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) training for mental health providers, agencies, and large systems.

The Linehan Institute
First founded in 1998 as the Marie Institute of Behavioral Technology, The Linehan Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing leading-edge behavioral technologies, making compassionate and effective treatments available to all persons with complex and severe mental disorders. The organization evolved from Dr. Linehan’s vision for a collaborative organization with a commitment to caring for both therapists and clients. Today, The Linehan Institute pursues partnerships with other organizations in order to achieve its mission. The Linehan Institute positively impacts lives through support and funding for education, research, and advocacy related to the treatment of mental illness. The Linehan Institute is the parent organization of Behavioral Tech.

Behavioral Research & Therapy Clinics (BRTC), University of Washington
Founded at the University of Washington, the BRTC develops and evaluates new treatments for difficult-to-treat individuals with severe and complex disorders of pervasive emotion dysregulation. The BRTC is particularly committed to developing effective treatments for those patients excluded from behavioral and medication clinical treatment trials due to high risk for suicide, the complexity of multiple co-occurring disorders, and/or history of failure in previous clinical interventions. The BRTC also operates as a clinical research and training center, preparing graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to become clinician-scientists.

Behavioral Tech Research
Established in 2004 as a separate, for-profit entity owned by Dr. Marsha Linehan, Behavioral Tech Research uses information technology and e-learning to develop innovative methods of training mental health providers in evidence-based practices. Behavioral Tech Research developed the online training courses sold by Behavioral Tech.

DBT-Linehan Board of Certification
DBT-LBC shares a common developer – Dr. Marsha Linehan. However, DBT-LBC was formed as an independent certification body with no relationship with any training organization in order to independently assess knowledge and skill sets in the delivery of DBT via certification. DBT-LBC’s overarching aim is to provide to the public at large and to relevant stakeholders a source that clearly identifies providers and programs that reliably offer DBT in a way that conforms to the evidence-based research. The DBT-LBC Clinician Certification, established in 2014, demonstrates that clinicians have the requisite knowledge and skills to deliver DBT with adherence to the model as developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan and colleagues. DBT Program Certification, established in 2016 demonstrates that programs have the necessary components to deliver DBT with fidelity to the model. Rosters of certified clinicians and programs are available at

DBT-LBC’s Clinician and Program Certifications are the only DBT certifications that Dr. Linehan recognizes.