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Joan M. Farrell, Ph.D.

Dr. Joan Farrell is Codirector of the Schema Therapy Institute Midwest – Indianapolis Center and Research Director of the Center for Borderline Personally Disorder Treatment and Research, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). She has served for 25 years as Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at Indiana University School of Medicine, where she developed and directed an inpatient schema therapy (ST) program for borderline personality disorder (BPD).


Dr. Farrell is also coprincipal investigator of an international study of ST for BPD underway in five countries and was principal investigator of a study of Group ST for BPD, for which she was awarded a National Institute of Mental Health grant.


A Certified Schema Therapist Trainer/Supervisor in individual and group ST, she has served as the Coordinator for Training and Certification on the Executive Board of the International Society for Schema Therapy.


Dr. Farrell is the codeveloper of group ST and coauthor of three books: Experiencing Schema Therapy from the Inside Out: A Self-Practice/Self-Reflection Workbook for Therapists; The Schema Therapy Clinician’s Guide; and, Group Schema Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder. She has also published numerous research articles in peer reviewed journals, as well as book chapters. Dr. Farrell is a member of the American Psychological Association. A more complete biography may be found here.