Dr. Sarah Fineberg discusses computational psychiatry, social learning measurement in BPD, and her impressions of Riggs



Sarah Fineberg, MD, PhD, an instructor in the Yale Department of Psychiatry, discusses her interest in computational psychiatry, measuring social learning in interaction in borderline personality disorder (BPD), and her impressions of Riggs during a recent visit to deliver a Grand Rounds presentation.

Dr. Sarah Fineberg Talks About Computational Psychiatry and How She Became Interested in the Subject

Dr. Sarah Fineberg Talks About Measuring Social Learning in Interaction in Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

Dr. Sarah Fineberg Shares Her Impressions of the Austen Riggs Center

About Dr. Fineberg

Dr. Fineberg holds an MD and a PhD from the University of Iowa, where she studied the molecular mechanisms that control early fate decisions for neural stem cells in mouse brains. Her passion for science began before that, when she was at Oberlin College, where her teachers made science classes feel like story hour: kidney function was described as a principle (counter-current exchange) that weaves its ways through the evolutionary and personal history of the organism. Ultimately, she is at home in psychiatry where she can take both stories and brain-based mechanisms seriously, and ask questions about how patient social experiences relate to neural circuits and learning mechanisms.

During residency training at Yale, she was awarded funding from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation to pursue research in women with borderline personality disorder (BPD). She is currently an instructor in the Yale Department of Psychiatry, where she continues to build a research program focusing on measuring specific aspects of how people with BPD proceed through live interactive social experiences. Her clinical orientation has been influenced by psychodynamic training at Yale, and training in Good Psychiatric Management and Transference Focused Psychotherapy.

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