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Curriculum Vitae

Inga Dröfn Wessman, MSc
inga@kms.is/iwessman@mclean.harvard.edu

 

EDUCATION
2013–2015 Clinical Master of Science in Psychology, University of Iceland
2011–2014 Research Master of Science in Psychology, University of Iceland
Visiting Graduate Student, University of Washington
2002–2008 Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Iceland
Thesis title: The influence of a token economy on the on-task and disruptive behavior of a boy diagnosed with ADHD and ODD [Áhrif táknbundinnar styrkingar á vinnusemi og truflandi hegðun drengs með AMO og ODD]

PUBLICATIONS
Wessman, I., Cheung, J. C., Monaghan, S. C., Beard, C., Milner, A., & Björgvinsson, T. (manuscript in preparation). Gender differences in the symptom profile of borderline personality disorder? A network analysis approach.

Wessman, I., Sigurjónsdóttir, Ó., Beard C., & Björgvinsson, T., Choi-Kain, L., W., Gunderson, J. (manuscript in preparation). Psychometric properties and clinical utility of the McLean Assessment of Rejection Sensitivity.

Sigurjónsdóttir, Ó., Wessman, I., Hsu, K., Rifkin, L., Beard, C., & Björgvinsson, T. (manuscript in preparation). Must I Accept before I can change? Utilization of acceptance strategies and their relation to rumination and treatment Outcome.

Wessman, I., Rutter, L., Hsu, K., Nordberg. S., Beard, C. Watsworh, L. P., & Björgvinsson, T. (manuscript in preparation). Latent profile analysis/latent transition analysis.

Sigurjonsdottir,O., Bjornsson, A., Wessman, I., & Kristjansson, A. (submitted manuscript). Taking attention bias modification to task: Assessing attention bias in patients with social anxiety disorder. Journal of Abnormal Psychology.

Wessman, I. & Sigurðardóttir, Z. G. (in press). Linehan´s biosocial theory of borderline personality disorder: An overview of the research literature [Líffélagsleg kenning Linehan um myndun jaðarpersónuleikaröskunar: Yfirlit yfir rannprófanir á kenningunni]. Journal of the Icelandic Psychological Association [Sálfræðiritið].

Bjornsson, A., Magnusdottir, S., Wessman, I., Beard, C., Lee, J., Hearon, B. A., & Björgvinsson, T. (2016). Prevalence and Characteristics of Body Dysmorphic Disorder Among Patients in a Partial Hospital Program. The Journal of nervous and mental disease, 204(7), 554–557.

Navarro-Haro, M. V., Wessman, I., Botella, C., & Garcia-Palacios, A. (2015). The role of emotion regulation strategies and dissociation in non-suicidal self-injury for women with borderline personality disorder and comorbid eating disorder. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 63, 123–130.

Wessman, I. & Sigurðardóttir, Z. G. (2009). The influence of a token economy on the on-task and disruptive behavior of a boy diagnosed with ADHD and ODD [Áhrif táknbundinnar styrkingar á vinnusemi og truflandi hegðun drengs með AMO og ODD]. In 14th Scientific Conference of Health Sciences of the University of Iceland [Fjórtánda ráðstefnan um rannsóknir í líf- og heilbrigðisvísindum Háskóla Íslands]. Icelandic Medical Journal [Læknablaðið], Suppl. [Fylgirit] 58/2009.

Bjornsson, A. S., Þorvaldsson, T. P., Wessman, I., Sigurjónsdóttir, Ó., Davíðsdóttir, S. D., Ludvigsdóttir, S., Ólafsson, R. P., Kristjánsson, A., Hofmann, S., & Purdon, C. (in preparation). Reactions to intrusive images among outpatients with social anxiety disorder compared to a control group with no disorders.

Bjornsson, A. S., Wessman, I., Alexandri, M., Thorgeirsdóttir, T., Williston, S. K., Danitz, S., Jarvi. S., Lee, J., Rifkin, L., Wadsworth, L. P., Jou, J., Beard, C., & Björgvinsson, T. (in preparation). Reactions to intrusive images among patients in a partial hospital program.

Bjornsson, A. S., Wessman, I., Alexandri, M., Thorgeirsdóttir, T., Williston, S. K., Danitz, S., Jarvi. S., Lee, J., Rifkin, L., Wadsworth, L. P., Jou, J., Þórisdóttir, A. S., Beard, C., & Björgvinsson, T. (in preparation). Social trauma among patients in a partial hospital program.

Bjornsson, A. S., Wessman, I., Þórisdóttir, A. S., Sigurjónsdóttir, Ó., Davíðsdóttir, S. D., Ludvigsdóttir, S., & Guðmundsdóttir, B. (in preparation). Social trauma among outpatients with social anxiety disorder compared to normal controls.

PRESENTATIONS
Wessman, I., Sigurjónsdóttir, Ó., Forgeard, M., Rifkin, L., Beard C., & Björgvinsson, T. (2016). Psychometric properties and Clinical Utility of the McLean Assessment of Rejection Sensitivity. Poster presented at the 50th convention of The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), New York, NY, 2016.

Cheung, J. C., Wessman, I., Beard, C., Rifkin, L. S., Milner, A., & Björgvinsson, T. (2016). Gender differences in the symptom profile of Borderline Personality Disorder?: A Network Analysis Approach. Poster presented at the 50th convention of The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), New York, NY, 2016.

Wessman, I., Bjornsson, A., Alexandri, M., Wadsworth, L. P., Jou, J., Beard, C., Thorgeirsdottir, M., Jarvi, S., Danitz, S. B., Lee, J., & Bjorgvinsson, T. (2016). Reactions to intrusive images among patients in a partial hospital program. In A.S. Bjornsson (Chair) & I. Wessman (Convenor), Reactions to intrusive images across disorders. Symposium held at the 46th congress of The European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (EABCT), Stockholm, Sweden, 2016.

Wessman, I., Sigurjónsdóttir, Ó., Forgeard, M., Rifkin, L., Beard C., & Björgvinsson, T. (2016). Psychometric properties and Clinical Utility of the McLean Assessment of Rejection Sensitivity. Poster presented at the McLean Research Day, Boston, MA, 2016.

Sigurjónsdóttir, Ó., Wessman, I., Hsu, K., Rifkin, L., Beard, C., & Björgvinsson, T. (2016). Must I Accept before I can change? Utilization of Acceptance strategies and their Relation to Rumination and Treatment Outcome. Poster presented at the McLean Research Day, Boston, MA, 2016.

Alexandri, M., Bjornsson, A. S., Wessman, I., Wadsworth, L. P., Jou, J., Beard, C., Thorgeirsdottir, M., Williston, S. K., Jarvi, S., Danitz, S. B., Lee, J., & Björgvinsson, T. (2015). Do Obsessions and Compulsions Exist Across Diagnostic Categories Among Patients in a Partial Hospital Program? Poster presented at the convention of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Miami, FL 2015.

Alexandri, M., Bjornsson, A. S., Wessman, I., Wadsworth, L. P., Jou, J., Beard, C., Thorgeirsdottir, M., Williston, S. K., Jarvi, S., Danitz, S. B., Lee, J., & Björgvinsson, T. (2015). Intrusive Images among Patients in a Partial Hospital Program. Poster presented at the McLean Research Day, Boston, MA, 2015.

Bjornsson, A. S., Wessman, I., Alexandri, M., Wadsworth, L. P., Jou, J., Beard, C., Thorgeirsdottir, M., Jarvi, S., Danitz, S. B., Williston, S. K., Lee, J., & Björgvinsson, T. (2015). Social Trauma among Patients in a Partial Hospital Program. Poster presented at the McLean Research Day, Boston, MA, 2015.

Wessman, I., Wilks, C., Lungu, A., & Linehan, M. M. (2013). Assessing risk with suicidal individuals: Treatment utility of the Linehan Risk Assessment Management Protocol (L-RAMP). Poster presented at the 47th convention of The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Nashville, TN, 2013.

Navarro-Haro, M. V., Garcia-Palacios, A., Wessman, I., & Botella, C. (2013). The role of dissociation and emotion regulation strategies in NSSI in Borderline Personality Disorder. Poster presented at the 8th convention of The International Society for the Study of Self-Injury (ISSS), Vancouver, Canada, 2013.

Wessman, I. & Sigurðardóttir, Z. G. (2011). The influence of a token economy on the on-task and disruptive behavior of a boy diagnosed with ADHD and ODD [Áhrif táknbundinnar styrkingar á vinnusemi og truflandi hegðun drengs með AMO og ODD]. Poster presented at the Icelandic Association of Behavior Analysis Conference, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2011.

Wessman, I. & Sigurðardóttir, Z. G. (2011). The influence of a token economy on the on-task and disruptive behavior of a boy diagnosed with ADHD and ODD [Áhrif táknbundinnar styrkingar á vinnusemi og truflandi hegðun drengs með AMO og ODD]. Lecture given at Conference on Positive Behavior Support (PBS), Keflavik, Iceland, 2011.

Wessman, I. & Sigurðardóttir, Z. G. (2009). The influence of a token economy on the on-task and disruptive behavior of a boy diagnosed with ADHD and ODD [Áhrif táknbundinnar styrkingar á vinnusemi og truflandi hegðun drengs með AMO og ODD]. Lecture given at XIV Conference on Health
Sciences, the University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2009.

Wessman, I. & Sigurðardóttir, Z. G. (2009). The influence of a token economy on the on-task and disruptive behavior of a boy diagnosed with ADHD and ODD [Áhrif táknbundinnar styrkingar á vinnusemi og truflandi hegðun drengs með AMO og ODD]. Poster presented at XIV Conference on Health Sciences at the University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2009.

Wessman, I. & Sigurðardóttir, Z. G. (2009). The influence of a token economy on the on-task and disruptive behavior of a boy diagnosed with ADHD and ODD [Áhrif táknbundinnar styrkingar á vinnusemi og truflandi hegðun drengs með AMO og ODD]. Poster presented at the School of Education annual symposium, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2009.

Wessman, I. & Sigurðardóttir, Z. G. (2008). The influence of a token economy on the on-task and disruptive behavior of a boy diagnosed with ADHD and ODD [Áhrif táknbundinnar styrkingar á vinnusemi og truflandi hegðun drengs með AMO og ODD]. Poster presented at the Icelandic Social Sciences Conference, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2008.

RESEARCH & STATISTICAL EXPERIENCE
2015–Present Pre-doctoral Research Fellow
Behavioral Health Partial Program at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School
2016–Present Pre-doctoral Research Fellow
The Laboratory for the Study of Adult Development (LSAD) at McLean
Hospital/Harvard Medical School
PI: Mary Zanarini
2014–Present Research Coordinator & Statistical Analyst
Research title: Reactions to Intrusive Images Across Mental Disorders & Appraisal
of Social Trauma
PI: Andri Steinþór Björnsson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology at
University of Iceland
2012–2013 Research Assistant & Statistical Analyst
Behavioral and Research Therapy Clinics (BRTC) at the University of Washington
2011–2012 Assessor for Inter-Observer Agreement
Research title: The value of a single subject design in assessing the effectiveness of
dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) for outpatients with borderline personality
disorder
PI: Pálína Erna Ásgeirsdóttir, M.Sc.
2010–2011 Research Assistant
Research title: The effects of an early and intensive behavioral intervention for
children with mental retardation
PI: Atli Freyr Magnússon, M.Sc. & Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
2008–2011 Research Assistant & Statistical Analyst
Research title: The neural- and psychological effects of pediatric traumatic head
injury in adulthood
PI: Jónas Halldórsson, Ph.D.
2010 Statistical Analyst
Research title: HTI Test of language development
National Hearing and Speech Institute of Iceland
2009–2010 Statistical Analyst ParX
2009 Research Assistant
Research title: Teaching and learning in Icelandic schools
The Department of Education at University of Iceland
2009 Mathematics & science coder for PISA (Program for International Student
Assessment)
The Educational Testing Institute in Iceland
2009 Statistical Analyst
Research title: The effect of children’s gender on the accuracy of parental and selfassessment
of mental and behavioral disorders
Bertrand Lauth, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at the University Hospital
2009 Statistical Analyst
Research title: Social group differences and development in occupational
conceptualization
PI: Guðbjörg Vilhjálmsdóttir, Associate Professor of Social and Human Sciences at
University of Iceland
2007 Research Assistant
Research title: Scaling of verbal labels: Selecting verbal labels on rating scales
PIS: Fanney Þórsdóttir, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology at University of
Iceland
Friðrik Helgi Jónsson, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at University of Iceland
2006 Research Interviewer
Research title: Icelanders attitudes towards immigrants, sexuality, religion, mental
disorders and retardation
Social Science Research Institute
2005–2006 Statistical Analyst
Research title: Prevalence of gambling and problem gambling among Icelanders:
Examination of probable risk factors of problem gambling
PI: Daníel Þór Ólafsson, Associate Professor of Psychology at University of Iceland

CLINICAL TRAINING & WORK
2016–Present Clinical Psychologist
The Icelandic Center for Treatment of Anxiety Disorders for children, adolescents,
and young adults
2015–2016 Clinical Practicum Student
Behavioral Health Partial Program (BHPP) at McLean Hospital
2015–2016 Clinical Practicum Student
3East Day Program at McLean Hospital
2014–2015 Clinical Practicum Student
The Icelandic Center for Treatment of Anxiety Disorders
2014–2015 Consultant
Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU; 32C) at The National University Hospital
of Iceland
2013–2015 Clinical Practicum Student
The Counseling Center at The University of Iceland
2012–2013 Visiting Graduate Student
Behavioral and Research Therapy Clinics (BRTC) at the University of Washington
2012 Translator and Behavior Consultant
The State Diagnostic and Counselling Centre
2009–2010 Behavior Consultant
Vin Þorsteinsdóttir, M.Sc.
2009–2012 Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) In-Home, Preschool, and Elementary
School Trainer for children with Autism (Hjallastefnan)
2010–2011 Head ABA Elementary School Trainer (Hjallastefnan)
Description: The main responsibility as a head ABA trainer was to organize and prepare
individual training programs and behavioral interventions for problem behaviors. In addition,
the duty involved directing daily training and providing consultation to other ABA trainers.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Adjunct Instructor
2016 Diagnosis and assessment, Department of Psychology, University of Iceland
2015 Psychology, University for young people, University of Iceland
2014–2015 Behavior Analysis and Learning, Department of Psychology, University of Iceland
2010
2014 Statistics III, Department of Psychology, University of Iceland
2011 Parent Management Training, Department of Psychology, University of Iceland
Description: Delivering lectures, providing instructions for using computer programs (i.e., CyberRat, R for Statistical Computing, and SPSS), providing guidance with research or other projects, constructing and grading tests and assignments, and supervising teaching assistants.
Head Teaching Assistant
2005–2009 Statistics II, Department of Psychology, University of Iceland
2005–2009 Statistics III, Department of Psychology, University of Iceland
Description: Delivering lectures, providing instructions for using statistical software (i.e., R for Statistical Computing and SPSS), providing guidance with research or other projects, constructing and grading tests and assignments, and supervising other teaching assistants.
Teaching Assistant
2011–2012 Behavior Analysis and Learning, Department of Psychology, University of Iceland
2007–2009
2009 Quantitative Research Methods, Department of Education, University of Iceland
2009 Methodology, Department of Psychology, University of Iceland
2008–2009 Perception and Cognition A, Department of Psychology, University of Iceland
2007–2009 Introduction to Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Iceland
2004–2009 Statistics I, Department of Psychology, University of Iceland
2008 Social Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Iceland
2006–2008 Psychometrics, Department of Psychology , University of Iceland
2006 Work Methods in Psychological Studies, Department of Psychology, University of Iceland
Description: Delivering lectures, providing instructions for using different computer programs (i.e., CyberRat, E-Prime, R for Statistical Computing, and SPSS), providing guidance with research or other projects, and constructing and grading tests and assignments.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
2016–Present The Association for the European Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (EABCT)
2012–Present The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)
2011–Present Icelandic Association for Behavior Analysis
2011–Present Icelandic Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies

COMPUTER PROGRAM SKILLS
Program Skill level
CyberRat Excellent
E-Prime Excellent
R for Statistical Computing (R) Excellent
Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) Excellent
Word, Excel, & PowerPoint Excellent

CONVENTIONS AND WORKSHOPS ATTENDED
2012–2016 Attendance at the 46–49th convention of The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT).
2016 Attendance at the 46th congress of The European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (EABCT).
2015–2016 Attendance at the convention of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA).
2016 Attendance at the One Session Treatment for Specific Phobias presented by Lars-Göran Öst at the 46th congress of The European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (EABCT), Stockholm, Sweden, 2016.
2016 Attendance at the Network Analysis workshop presented by Eiko Fried and Marie Deserno at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School.
2016 Attendance at the One-day workshop on the Unified Protocol presented by Shannon Sauer-Zavala and Hannah Boettcher at the Unified Protocol Institute.
2014 Attendance at the master clinician seminar Perspective Taking and Compassion in Modern CBT presented by Steve Hayes at the 48th convention of The Association
for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT).
2014 Attendance at the workshop Emotion Regulation Therapy: A New Approach for
Chronic Anxiety and Recurring Depression presented by Douglas Mennin and
David Fresco at the 48th convention of The Association for Behavioral and
Cognitive Therapies (ABCT).
2014 Attendance at the institute Radically Open DBT for Overcontrol presented by
Thomas Lynch at the 48th convention of The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT).
2014 Attendance at the workshop Managing and reducing disturbed/violent behavior on inpatient psychiatric units by The National University Hospital of Iceland,
Psychiatric Department.
2014 Attendance at the workshop Clinical Skills in Suicide Assessment and Intervention by Darcy Haag Granello and Paul F. Granello.
2016 Attendance at the 17–18th Annual ISITDBT conference.
2012–2013
2013 Attendance at the workshop CBT Theory and Case Formulation presented by Joy McGuire (Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre, OCTC).
2013 Attendance at the DBT Intensive Training: Part 1 by Jennifer Sayrs and Seth
Axelrod.
2012 Attendance at the workshop Enhancing Functional Analysis for Substance Use
Assessment and Treatment Planning with a Focus on Basic Behavioral Principles
presented by Carl C. Lejuez, Jessica Magidson and Kevin Young at the 46th
convention of The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT).
2012 Attendance at the workshop Mastering the Art of Behavioral Chain Analyses in DBT presented by Shireen C. Rizvi and Lorie Ritschel at the 46th convention of The
Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT).
2012 Volunteer at the DBT Strategic Planning Meeting.
2011 Attendance at the 41st congress of The European Association for Behavioral and
Cognitive Therapies (EABCT).
2011 Attendance at the workshop Emotion Regulation Skills: Clinical Update presented by Marsha M. Linehan at the 41st congress of The European Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (EABCT).
2011 Attendance at the workshop Schema Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder presented by Arnould Arntz at the 41st congress of The European Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (EABCT).
2011 Certified by The Social Science Research Institute to lead the SOS Behavior
Management & Parenting Workshop for parents and others who help children.
2010 Certified by The State Diagnostic and Counseling Centre for their course completion in behavioral training.