The goal of therapy is to help people create lives that are both meaningful and satisfying.
Dr. Vijay’s research focuses on the interpersonal and social context of emotion regulation. Contemporary conceptualizations indicate that emotion regulation is a multi-systemic process which incorporates neurobiology, cognition, awareness and the social and interpersonal environment within which it occurs. Dr. Vijay is interested in how emotion regulation is impacted by interactions with another person or by the environment within which they live.
She studies the interpersonal and social context of emotion regulation in the the context of trauma and traumatic stress, burnout in health care professionals, and with respect to antiracism efforts and the effect of racism on BIPOC populations.
Selected publications and presentations
Racism as an Extreme Invalidating Environment
Fruzzetti, A.E., Fruzzetti, A.R., & Vijay, A. (2020, June). Racism as an Extreme Invalidating Environment. Invited Presentation sponsored by National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder, Webinar.
Vijay, A., Paquette, C.P., & Douglas, J.K. (2017). Distress Tolerance. In V. Zeigler-Hill and T. Shackleford (Eds), Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. (1st edition, pp.1-5). New York, NY: Springer Publishing.
Emerging Adults and Mental Health
Vijay, A., Simkin, S., Cohen, W., & Azad, N. (2020, May). Emerging Adults and Mental Health.
Aspen Institute Transforming Child and Family Mental Health in Washington, D.C. Virtual Presentation.
Cultural competency in the primary care setting
Duckworth, M.P., Iezzi, T., Vijay, A. & Gerber, E. (2009). Cultural competency in the primary care setting. In W. O’Donohue & L. James (Eds.), The Primary Care Consultant Toolkit: Tools for Behavioral Health. New York: Springer Publishing.
Do you know what you need? Running an effective Dialectical Behavior Therapy Consultation Team
Vijay, A. (2018, May). Do you know what you need? Running an effective Dialectical Behavior Therapy Consultation Team. Keynote Address, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Dialectical Behavior Therapy Summit. Torrance, CA
Follette, V.M. & Vijay, A. (2009). Retraumatization. In G. Reyes, J. Elhai & J. Ford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Psychological Trauma. New York: John Wiley & Sons.
#BlackLivesMatter: Living the hashtag
Vijay, A. (2020). #BlackLivesMatter: Living the hashtag. The DBT Bulletin, 3:2, pp. 6-10.
Adjunctive therapies in ethnically diverse populations
Vijay, A., Duckworth, M.P., & Lebeauf, I. (2008). Adjunctive therapies in ethnically diverse populations. In W. O’Donohue, & N. Cummings (Eds.), Evidence-Based Adjunctive Treatments. Amsterdam: Elsevier.
Suicide and non-suicidal self injury
Vijay, A., Salmon, M., & Stewart, C.E. (2018). Suicide and non-suicidal self injury. In S. Vinson and E. Vinson (Eds), Pediatric Mental Health for Primary Care Providers (pp 33-46). New York, NY: Springer Publishing.
Mindfulness for trauma and PTSD
Follette, V.M. & Vijay, A. (2008). Mindfulness for trauma and PTSD. In F. Didonna (Ed.), Clinical Handbook of Mindfulness. New York: Springer Publishing.