The University of Pittsburgh is currently recruiting participants for a research study to learn more about the development and treatment of emotion dysregulation.


Find out more about study eligibility.


Are you a clinical care provider or organizational leader and believe that this study may be of interest to your clients?

STEADY is looking for individual providers and organizations to form partnerships with and spread awareness of our study.

Find out more about how you can help!



Stephanie Stepp


Betsy Butler


Dr. Stepp earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2007 and completed postdoctoral training at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. She is the principal investigator for the STEADY Study and is currently an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, she has been working with the Pittsburgh Girls Study since February 2009 and is currently the president elect of the North American Society for the Study of Personality Disorders (NASSPD). Her research interests are in risk factors for the development of borderline personality disorder in children and adolescents. She is also interested in statistical methods to model longitudinal data and improve assessment instruments.

Elizabeth Madaelil


Elizabeth graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2017 with a B.S. in Psychology and Sociology. As an undergraduate, Elizabeth worked with Dr. Forbes in the UPMC Center for Eating Disorders, Dr. Phillips in the Mood and Brain Lab, and Dr. Stepp for the Pittsburgh Girls Study. Elizabeth is currently a research specialist for Dr. Stepp’s STEADY Study.

Betsy received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and completed her clinical internship at St. Francis Medical Center. As a research clinician at UPMC she has worked on studies in the areas of obesity, bariatric surgery, eating disorders, smoking, and personality disorders in romantic relationships. Betsy is an assessor for the STEADY Study and the MoodY Study. 

Harmony Mohr


Harmony is currently a research specialist for the STEADY Study. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2016 with a B.S. in Neuroscience and a B.A in Sociology, as well as certification in the Conceptual Foundations of Medicine. As an undergraduate, Harmony worked as a research assistant for Dr. Kabirul Islam in the Organic Chemistry Department at the University of Pittsburgh. She has also worked as a team leader and corps member for the early education program, Jumpstart, in Pittsburgh, PA, as a preschool teacher in Allentown, PA, and as an intern for the Head Start program at Allegheny Intermediate Unit in Homestead, PA. 


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