Stephanie D Stepp, PhD

Stephanie D Stepp, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology

Contact Details

3811 O'Hara St.

Education & Training

Clinical Psychology, University of Missouri
Clinical Psychology, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC
Clinical Psychology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Professional Affiliations

President, North American Society for the Study of Personality Disorders

Research Interests

Borderline personality disorder; Preschool emotion regulation; Proximal markers of suicide risk
Selected Research Publications & Products
  1. Chugani CD, Byrd AL, Pedersen SL, Chung T, Hipwell AE, Stepp SD. Affective and sensation-seeking pathways linking borderline personality disorder symptoms and alcohol-related problems in young women. (2020) Journal of Personality Disorders. 34(3):420-31.
  2. Vine V, Byrd AL, Mohr H, Scott LN, Beeney JE, Stepp SD. (2020) The structure of psychopathology in a sample of clinically referred, emotionally dysregulated early adolescents. (2020) Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. 1-15.
  3. Stepp SD, Lazarus SA & Byrd AL. (2016). A systematic review of risk factors prospectively associated with borderline personality disorder: Taking stock and moving forward. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 7(4), 316-323. PMCID: PMC5055059
  4. Stepp SD, Scott LN, Jones NP, Whalen DJ & Hipwell AE. (2016). Negative emotional reactivity as a marker of vulnerability in the development of borderline personality disorder symptoms. Development and Psychopathology, 28, 213-224. PMCID: PMC4418187
  5. Stepp SD, Whalen D, Scott LN, Zalewski M, Loeber R & Hipwell AE. (2014). Reciprocal effects of parenting and borderline personality disorder symptoms in adolescent girls. Development and Psychopathology, 20, 1-18. PMID:24443951. PMCID: PMC4103652

Clinical Interests

Dialectical behavior therapy; Suicide prevention; Mother-child interaction
Selected Clinical Publications & Products
  1. Zalewski M, Stepp SD, Whalen D, Scott LN. (2015). A qualitative assessment of the parenting challenges and treatment needs of mothers with borderline personality disorder. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 25, 75-89. PMCID: PMC4538980
  2. Zalewski M, Stepp SD, Scott LN, Whalen DJ, Beeney JF & Hipwell AE. (2014). Maternal borderline personality disorder symptoms and parenting of adolescent daughters. Journal of Personality Disorders, 28(4), 541-554. PMCID: PMC4114999
  3. Stepp SD, Whalen DJ, Pilkonis PA, Hipwell AE & Levine MD. (2012). Children of mothers with borderline personality disorder: Identifying parenting behaviors as potential targets for intervention. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 3, 76-91. PMCID: PMC3268672

Education Interests

Research mentorship; Clinician training and supervision