Behavioral Tech Institute prides itself in providing the highest quality training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy available. We can only offer this to you by providing the most experienced and trainers & consultants in the field of DBT. We honor each one of these individuals for their efforts and dedication to DBT and other empirically-based treatments.

Pittsburgh, PA


Samiram (Sami) Saghafi, PsyD is a Content Development Specialist and a member of the Research, Development and Training team at Behavioral Tech. Dr. Saghafi has dedicated herself to the research and treatment of suicidality. Prior to beginning a doctoral program in clinical psychology, Dr. Saghafi obtained a master’s degree from the Catholic University of America and conducted research for the Suicide Prevention Lab under the supervision of David A. Jobes. She then began providing DBT early in her doctoral training at La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA within a variety of settings, including community mental health clinics, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, and college counseling centers. Dr. Saghafi later completed a postdoctoral fellowship in New York under the supervision of Alec L. Miller.

Dr. Saghafi joined the BTECH team because she is passionate about discussing and teaching DBT and hopes to increase the dissemination of effective training in DBT around the world. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in New York and Pennsylvania and continues to participate in a weekly DBT consultation team with her colleagues in Pittsburgh. She currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA.