Dr. Stephanie Clarke is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Clarke is an expert in the treatment of suicidal and self-harming behavior in adolescents, with additional expertise in evidence-based treatment of trauma and restrictive eating disorders in adolescents. She is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), currently the only well-established treatment for self-harming adolescents at high risk for suicide. Dr. Clarke is an Attending Psychologist and supervisor in Stanford’s Adolescent DBT Program. She is also the Stanford Psychologist in the DBT Intensive Outpatient Program, RISE, a collaboration between Stanford and Children’s Health Council, where she is in charge of training and supervision of psychology trainees. Dr. Clarke also provides education and training to psychology and psychiatry trainees in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Dr. Clarke has given numerous talks, trainings, and lectures and has co-authored several publications on the topics of adolescent suicide, self-harming behavior, and DBT.
Dr. Clarke is currently funded by a grant from the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Maternal and Child Health Research Institute to study the safety and feasibility of providing exposure-based trauma treatment to suicidal teens in stage I DBT.
In 2020, Dr. Clarke was the recipient of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science's Clinical Innovation and Service Award. Dr. Clarke was also awarded funding from the Professional Leadership Development Awards Program for the 20-21 academic year, which supports the career development of department faculty who exhibit particular promise in advancing into leadership roles in academic medicine.
Dr. Clarke sees patients who participate in the RISE program and the Stanford Adolescent DBT Program. She also maintains a small private practice, where she provides provider consultation, parent coaching, and individual therapy for adolescents and adults using ACT and DBT approaches.
Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Honors & Awards
Clinical Innovation and Service, Stanford University School of Medicine (2020)
B.A., Smith College, Psychology, Classics
PhD Training: University of Minnesota Medical School - Twin Cities (2015) MN
Internship, Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School, MA (2015)
Fellowship: Stanford University School of Medicine (2016) CA
Fellowship: Stanford University Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship (2018) CA
- Self-Injurious Behavior Textbook of Suicide Risk Assessment and Management edited by Gold, L. H., Frierson, R. L. American Psychiatric Association Publishing. 2020; 3rd: 305–317
- Pilot test of a DBT-based parenting intervention for parents of youth with recent self-harm Cognitive and Behavioral Practice 2020
- Delivering an Adolescent Comprehensive DBT Intensive Outpatient Program During the Covid-19 Pandemic DBT Bulletin 2020
- Management of Suicidal Youth Clinical Handbook for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Pediatric Mood Disorders edited by Singh, M. American Psychiatric Publishing. 2019; 1: 391–422
Recent advances in understanding and managing self-harm in adolescents.
Adolescent suicide is a serious public health problem, and non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) is both highly comorbid with suicidality among adolescents and a significant predictor of suicide attempts (SAs) in adolescents. We will clarify extant definitions related to suicidality and NSSI and the important similarities and differences between these constructs. We will also review several significant risk factors for suicidality, evidence-based and evidence-informed safety management strategies, and evidence-based treatment for adolescent self-harming behaviors. Currently, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) for adolescents is the first and only treatment meeting the threshold of a well-established treatment for self-harming adolescents at high risk for suicide. Areas in need of future study include processes underlying the association between NSSI and SAs, clarification of warning signs and risk factors that are both sensitive and specific enough to accurately predict who is at imminent risk for suicide, and further efforts to sustain the effects of DBT post-treatment. DBT is a time- and labor-intensive treatment that requires extensive training for therapists and a significant time commitment for families (generally 6 months). It will therefore be helpful to assess whether other less-intensive treatment options can be established as evidence-based treatment for suicidal adolescents.
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- Safety Planning and Risk Management Evidence-Based Treatment Approaches for Suicidal Adolescents American Psychiatric Association Publishing. 2019: 63–84
- Other Treatments: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Assessing and Treating Youth Exposed to Traumatic Stress American Psychiatric Publishing. 2019
Borderline personality characteristics and treatment outcome in cognitive-behavioral treatments for PTSD in female rape victims
2008; 39 (1): 72–78
Many studies report that comorbid borderline personality pathology is associated with poorer outcomes in the treatment of Axis I disorders. Given the high rates of comorbidity between borderline personality pathology and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), it is essential to determine whether borderline symptomatology affects PTSD treatment outcome. This study examined the effects of borderline personality characteristics (BPC) on 131 female rape victims receiving cognitive-behavioral treatment for PTSD. Higher BPC scores were associated with greater pretreatment PTSD severity; however, individuals with higher levels of BPC were just as likely to complete treatment and also as likely to show significant treatment response on several outcome measures. There were no significant interactions between type of treatment and BPC on the outcome variables. Findings suggest that women with borderline pathology may be able to benefit significantly from cognitive-behavioral treatment for PTSD.
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The Impact of Clergy-Perpetrated Sexual Abuse: The Role of Gender, Development, and Posttraumatic Stress
JOURNAL OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
2008; 17 (3-4): 329–58
The literature on clergy-perpetrated sexual abuse suggests that there are two modal populations of survivors: boys and adult women. We review what is known about trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder following sexual abuse and explore the different treatment needs for these two survivor groups. For children, clergy-perpetrated sexual abuse can catastrophically alter the trajectory of psychosocial, sexual, and spiritual development. Depending on the age at which abuse occurred, adult clients may present with clinical issues that are more appropriate for a younger developmental stage. Additionally, the symptoms of traumatic stress may be misunderstood when clients conceptualize their abuse as an "affair" or "consensual" relationship. We discuss empirically supported treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder and potential adaptations for the needs of clergy-perpetrated sexual abuse survivors.
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A Theoretical Foundation for Understanding Clergy-Perpetrated Sexual Abuse
JOURNAL OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
2008; 17 (3-4): 301–28
Incorporating elements from broadband theories of psychological adaptation to extreme adversity, including Summit's (1983) Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome, Finkelhor and Browne's (1986) Traumagenic Dynamics Model of sexual abuse, and Pyszczynski and colleagues' (1997) Terror Management Theory, this paper proposes a unified theoretical model of clergy-perpetrated sexual abuse for future research. The model conceptualizes clergy-perpetrated sexual abuse as the convergence of interactive processes between the clergy-perpetrator, the parishioner-survivor, and the religious community.
View details for DOI 10.1080/10538710802329874
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Intimate partner psychological aggression and child behavior problems
JOURNAL OF TRAUMATIC STRESS
2007; 20 (1): 97–101
The present study examined the relationship between intimate partner psychological aggression and children's behavior problems in a community sample of families (N = 470 children). The results showed that psychological aggression experienced by the mother has adverse effects on children's externalizing and internalizing behavior problems over and above the effects of physical aggression. The association between psychological aggression and child behavior problems was partially mediated by maternal distress. Exposure to psychological aggression appears to have unique direct and indirect adverse effects on children.
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