School of Psychology

Dr. Nicholas Salsman

Professor, School of Psychology; Director of Psychological Services Center

Nick Salsman, Ph.D., ABPP is a board certified licensed clinical psychologist and fellow of the American Psychological Association, Society for Clinical Psychology. His specialty area is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and he is certified by the DBT Linehan Board of Certification (DBT-LBC). Dr. Salsman received his BA from Transylvania University and his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Louisville. He completed an internship at the adult and child psychiatry departments of Vanderbilt University. He also served as a postdoctoral fellow and research associate for Dr. Marsha Linehan at the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics (BRTC) at the University of Washington from 2005-2007. While at the BRTC, he served as a DBT therapist on two large randomized clinical trials of DBT and an adherence coder on two research trials.

At Xavier University, in addition to being a professor, Dr. Salsman is the director of the Xavier University Psychological Services Center (i.e., the training clinic for the Xavier clinical psychology doctoral program) and runs the Xavier University DBT program where he provides clinical training and collaborates with students on research. He has published on topics including DBT, suicidal behaviors, non-suicidal intentional self-injury, Borderline Personality Disorder, and emotion regulation. He has regularly given local, national, and international workshops, presentations, and invited talks on DBT; he serves as a consultant for clinicians in the United States and internationally; and he has partnered to conduct intensive training and consultation with a variety of local organizations including the Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and the Lindner Center of Hope. Dr. Salsman is a board member and past conference chair for the International Society for the Improvement and Teaching of DBT and is a volunteer for DBT-LBC. Dr. Salsman has received grant funding to develop adaptations of DBT for older adults with complicated grieving and older adults with chronic pain.


Courses Dr. Salsman regularly teaches include:

  • PSY 464: Theories of Personality
  • PSY 835: Intervention: Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • PSY 761: Clinical Practicum IV (i.e., supervision of clinical work)

Representative Publications

Salsman, N. L., Smith, A., Sawyer, C., Eshleman Latimer, S. R., & Shouse, S.  (2022). Self-compassion among those who self-injure with and without objects. Current Psychology.

Salsman, N. L.  (2022). Dialectical behavior therapy case formulation of individuals who are chronically suicidal.  In T. D. Eells (Ed.), Handbook of Psychotherapy Case Formulation: Third Edition.  The Guilford Press.

Salsman, N. L.  (2020). Dialectical behavior therapy for individuals with substance use problems: Theoretical adaptations and empirical evidence.  In J. Bedics (Ed.), Handbook of Dialectical Behavior Therapy.  Elsevier. 

Grant, M., Salsman, N. L., & Berking, M.  (2018). The assessment of successful emotion regulation skills use: Development and validation of an English version of the Emotion Regulation Skills Questionnaire.  PLoS One, 13(10), Article e0205095.

Barrett, J. J., Tolle, K., & Salsman, N. L.  (2017). DBT skills training for persistent complex bereavement in an older adult.  Clinical Case Studies, 16, 388-400.

Salsman, N. L. & Linehan, M. M.  (2012). An investigation of the relationships among negative affect, difficulties in emotion regulation, and features of borderline personality disorder.  Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 34, 260-267.

Lynch, T. R., Trost, W. T., Salsman, N. L., & Linehan, M. M.  (2007). Dialectical Behavior Therapy for borderline personality disorder.  In Nolen-Hoeksema, Cannon, & Widiger (Eds.), Annual Review of Clinical Psychology: Volume 3, 2007 (pp. 181-205)Annual Reviews.

Recently Completed Dissertations

Weathers, T. (March, 2022). Mindful Attention for Reading and Class (MARC): A DBT-Informed Group Intervention for College Students with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. 

Duncan, C. (August, 2021). Affet Intensity, Masculine Gender Norm Conformity, & Suicide.

Stadnik, R. (August, 2021). The Relationship between Childhood Invalidation and Borderline Personality Disorder Symptoms through Rejection Sensitivity and Experiential Avoidance.

Smith, A. (March, 2020). Emotion Regulation in a Residential Substance Abuse Program for Veterans.

Norwood, L. (August, 2019). Emotional Impulsivity as a Mediator between Unstable Alcohol Use and Risk for Hypomania

Professional Interests

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), suicidal behaviors, non-suicidal intentional self-injury, Borderline Personality Disorder, mindfulness, and emotion regulation

First Year at Xavier



  • Ph.D. (University of Louisville)