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Erin A. Kaufman

Erin A. Kaufman, PhD

Languages spoken: English
  • Erin Kaufman, PhD, Assistant Professor (Clinical), earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Whitman College and MS and PhD degrees in Clinical Psychology at the University of Utah, where she worked with Dr. Sheila Crowell and specialized in the Clinical Child and Family Track of that department. She went on to complete her psychology internship at Western Psychiatric Institute at the University of Pittsburg Medical Center, before completing a T32 psychology research fellowship there. She served as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Western Ontario from 2019 until 2022. Dr. Kaufman’s research focuses on interrupting pathogenic factors that contribute to self-inflicted injury (SII), borderline personality disorder (BPD), and suicide. She uses the developmental psychopathology perspective as a framework for conceptualizing and studying these complex problems. Her work builds on existing research that identifies both (a) markers of biological vulnerability to SII and BPD, and (b) environmental risk factors (e.g., coercive family processes, emotion invalidation) that shape vulnerabilities into more advanced and difficult-to-treat patterns of stress reactivity over time. She incorporates biological, self- and informant-report, behavioral, and ecological momentary assessment methods into her research designs. Dr. Kaufman is also part of the multi-disciplinary team at the Huntsman Mental Health Institute’s Youth Residential Treatment program.

    Specialties

  • Erin Kaufman, PhD, Assistant Professor (Clinical), earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Whitman College and MS and PhD degrees in Clinical Psychology at the University of Utah, where she worked with Dr. Sheila Crowell and specialized in the Clinical Child and Family Track of that department. She went on to complete her psychology internship at Western Psychiatric Institute at the University of Pittsburg Medical Center, before completing a T32 psychology research fellowship there. She served as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Western Ontario from 2019 until 2022. Dr. Kaufman’s research focuses on interrupting pathogenic factors that contribute to self-inflicted injury (SII), borderline personality disorder (BPD), and suicide. She uses the developmental psychopathology perspective as a framework for conceptualizing and studying these complex problems. Her work builds on existing research that identifies both (a) markers of biological vulnerability to SII and BPD, and (b) environmental risk factors (e.g., coercive family processes, emotion invalidation) that shape vulnerabilities into more advanced and difficult-to-treat patterns of stress reactivity over time. She incorporates biological, self- and informant-report, behavioral, and ecological momentary assessment methods into her research designs. Dr. Kaufman is also part of the multi-disciplinary team at the Huntsman Mental Health Institute’s Youth Residential Treatment program.

    Board Certification and Academic Information

    Academic Departments Psychiatry -Primary
    Academic Divisions Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

    Education history

    Fellowship Psychology - University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Clinical Psychology - University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Intern
    Doctoral Training Clinical Psychology - University of Utah Ph.D.
    Clinical Psychology - University of Utah M.S.
    Undergraduate Psychology - Whitman College B.A.

    Selected Publications

    Journal Article

    1. Reisch AA, Bessette KL, Jenkins LM, Skerrett KA, Gabriel LB, Kling LR, Stange JP, Ryan KA, Schreiner MW, Crowell SE, Kaufman EA, Langenecker SA (2023). Human emotion processing accuracy, negative biases, and fMRI activation are associated with childhood trauma. Front Psychiatry, 14, 1181785. (Read full article)
    2. Kaufman EA, Meddaoui B, Seymour NE, Victor SE (2022). The Roles of Minority Stress and Thwarted Belongingness in Suicidal Ideation among Cisgender and Transgender/Nonbinary LGBTQ+ Individuals. Arch Suicide Res, 1-16. (Read full article)
    3. Godfrey DA, Kaufman EA, Crowell SE (2022). Non-suicidal Self-injury History Moderates the Association Between Maternal Emotional Support and Adolescent Affect During Conflict. Child Psychiatry Hum Dev. (Read full article)
    4. Victor SE, Schleider JL, Ammerman BA, Bradford DE, Devendorf AR, Gruber J, Gunaydin LA, Hallion LS, Kaufman EA, Lewis SP, Stage DL (2022). Leveraging the Strengths of Psychologists With Lived Experience of Psychopathology. Perspect Psychol Sci, 17456916211072826. (Read full article)
    5. Kaufman EA, Clerke AS, Meddaoui B (2022). Translating core intervention strategies into action: Interpersonal validation among self-injuring adolescents and their mothers. J Clin Psychol. (Read full article)
    6. Mohamed Ali O, Gabel LN, Stanton K, Kaufman EA, Klein DN, Hayden EP (2021). Observational measures of early irritability predict children's psychopathology risk. Dev Psychopathol, 1-13. (Read full article)
    7. Kaufman EA, Graves JL, Wallace ML, Lazarus SA, Stepp SD, Pedersen SL (2021). Associations between physiological and self-reported indices of emotion dysregulation across varying levels of alcohol use among individuals with and without borderline personality disorder. Biol Psychol, 160, 108044. (Read full article)
    8. Scott LN, Victor SE, Kaufman EA, Beeney JE, Byrd AL, Vine V, Pilkonis PA, Stepp SD (2020). Affective Dynamics Across Internalizing and Externalizing Dimensions of Psychopathology. Clin Psychol Sci, 8(3), 412-427. (Read full article)
    9. Kaufman EA, Puzia ME, Crowell SE, Price CJ (2019). Replication of the Self-Concept and Identity Measure (SCIM) Among a Treatment-Seeking Sample. Identity (Mahwah, N J), 19(1), 18-28. (Read full article)
    10. Kaufman EA, Puzia ME, Mead HK, Crowell SE, McEachern A, Beauchaine TP (2016). Children's Emotion Regulation Difficulties Mediate the Association Between Maternal Borderline and Antisocial Symptoms and Youth Behavior Problems Over 1 Year. J Pers Disord, 31(2), 170-192. (Read full article)
    11. Verschueren M, Luyckx K, Kaufman EA, Vansteenkiste M, Moons P, Sleuwaegen E, Berens A, Schoevaerts K, Claes L (2016). Identity Processes and Statuses in Patients with and without Eating Disorders. Eur Eat Disord Rev, 25(1), 26-35. (Read full article)
    12. Crowell SE, Kaufman EA (2016). Development of self-inflicted injury: Comorbidities and continuities with borderline and antisocial personality traits. Dev Psychopathol, 28(4pt1), 1071-1088. (Read full article)
    13. Voss WD, Kaufman E, OConnor SS, Comtois KA, Conner KR, Ries RK (2013). Preventing addiction related suicide: a pilot study. J Subst Abuse Treat, 44(5), 565-9. (Read full article)
    14. Kaufman EA, McDonell MG, Cristofalo MA, Ries RK (2012). Exploring barriers to primary care for patients with severe mental illness: frontline patient and provider accounts. Issues Ment Health Nurs, 33(3), 172-80. (Read full article)
    15. McDonell MG, Kaufman EA, Srebnik DS, Ciechanowski PS, Ries RK (2012). Barriers to metabolic care for adults with serious mental illness: provider perspectives. Int J Psychiatry Med, 41(4), 379-87. (Read full article)

    Review

    1. Kaufman EA, Meddaoui B (2020). Identity pathology and borderline personality disorder: an empirical overview. [Review]. Curr Opin Psychol, 37, 82-88. (Read full article)
    2. Skidmore CR, Kaufman EA, Crowell SE (2016). Substance Use Among College Students. [Review]. Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am, 25(4), 735-53. (Read full article)
    3. Crowell SE, Kaufman EA (2016). Borderline personality disorder and the emerging field of developmental neuroscience. [Review]. Personal Disord, 7(4), 324-333. (Read full article)

    Editorial

    1. Lind M, Folmo EJ, Kaufman EA (2024). Editorial: Self-understanding and other-understanding in personality pathology. Front Psychiatry, 15, 1328860. (Read full article)
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