about Carla.

Carla Chugani, Ph.D., LPC is an an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Health.  Her current research is focused on suicide prevention with emerging adults in the higher education setting.  She is also interested in tailoring suicide prevention and intervention programs to marginalized populations, including students with disabilities and those identifying as LGBTQ. Dr. Chugani is also licensed professional counselor specializing in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder.  She has worked as a clinician in both college counseling and private practice settings and also offers training and consultation to college counseling centers interested in starting DBT programs. 

Scheduling an Appointment.


Dr. Chugani currently sees a limited number of patients at Western Psychiatric Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA.  She is not currently accepting new patients.  She is also available for training and consultation.  If you are in need of information regarding therapy services, please check the "resources" page of this website or contact Carla directly for assistance in locating a DBT provider.

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DBT for college students.


Dr. Chugani became the team leader and program developer for Florida Gulf Coast University's (FGCU) Counseling and Psychological Services in 2009.  With the help of her DBT team mates, she developed an 11-week DBT skills training group tailored specifically to the needs of the counseling center and the students it serves.  As the program grew, it became clear that an evaluation of the effectiveness of the program was in order.  Carla was the principal investigator on a study demonstrating the effectiveness of DBT skills training as an adjunct to individual therapy for college students with cluster B personality disorders.  Carla served as the team leader for the FGCU-DBT program until 2013, when she relocated to Tampa, Florida to begin her doctoral studies.  Since then, she has continued to pursue her passion for DBT and its applications in higher education settings through her research.  Her work has focused on adaptations of DBT specifically for college counseling centers as well as undergraduate course work designed to teach college students DBT skills through universal education.

dbt-ccc: the listserv.


Dr. Chugani developed and currently manages a listserv which caters specifically to college counseling staff members who are interested in the practice of DBT.  This list is designed to be a user-friendly forum where interested individuals can exchange information and ideas.  Students and professionals from a variety of disciplines are welcome!  The listserv is called "DBT-CCC" and can be accessed completely free of charge by anyone who is interested in joining.  If you would like to join, please send an email requesting membership to cchuganidbt@gmail.com.

Carla D. Chugani, Ph.D., LPC

education &


Dr. Chugani holds a Bachelor's degree in Opera Performance from Mannes College, The New School for Music in New York, New York.  She holds a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida.  She completed her doctoral degree (Ph.D) in Counselor Education from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida and graduated on May 7, 2016.  She completed her postdoctoral training through the T32-funded Adolescent Research in the Community (ARC) program at the University of Pittsburgh.


Dr. Chugani began her training in DBT in 2009 during her internship with Florida Gulf Coast University's Counseling and Psychological Services.  Since then, she has completed the DBT 10-Day Intensive Training and the DBT 5-Day Advanced Intensive Training via Behavioral Tech, LLC.  She has also completed over 55 hours of additional training in the practice of DBT.