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Dimitri Perivoliotis, Ph.D.

Dimitri Perivoliotis is a licensed clinical psychologist at the VA San Diego Healthcare System and Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry.  He has been involved in schizophrenia research and clinical practice since 2000.  At the VA, Dr. Perivoliotis manages an award-winning, CARF-accredited outpatient mental health clinic that provides recovery-oriented psychotherapies and psychosocial rehabilitation services (PSR) to Veterans with psychosis, and he is the training director of an advanced PSR fellowship program, which was recognized in 2018 with the American Psychological Association Division 18 President’s Excellence Award for training in serious mental illness (SMI).  In these settings, he conducts individual and group cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for people with psychosis and co-occurring conditions such as PTSD, and provides supervision, trainings, and consultation on CBT for psychosis to psychology, psychiatry, and social work trainees.

Broadly, Dr. Perivoliotis’s research interest is in CBT for psychosis, including mechanisms of the treatment, and adaptations to maximize the efficacy and dissemination of CBT for people with SMI.  He has published on topics including CBT, dysfunctional beliefs, negative symptoms, and functional outcome.  Previously as a fellow at the Aaron T. Beck Psychopathology Research Center of the University of Pennsylvania, he helped co-develop Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy, an adaptation of CBT designed to address the recovery needs of individuals with schizophrenia-spectrum disorders with challenging presentations and poor functioning, which will be outlined in a forthcoming treatment manual to be published by Guilford Press.  Subsequently at UCSD he has been a co-investigator on several NIMH-funded studies investigating psychological and digital therapies for people with SMI, including the innovative CBT2Go mobile cognitive behavioral intervention.

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