Catherine A. Forneris, Ph.D., ABPP





Phone: (919) 966-6740



B.S., Chemistry, Syracuse University
M.S., Biomedical Science, University at Albany, State University of New York
M.A., Psychology, University at Albany, State University of New York
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University at Albany, State University of New York


Summary Statement:

Catherine A. Forneris, Ph.D., ABPP, is an associate professor of psychiatry in the department of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill.  She is a graduate of the University at Albany, State University of New York.  She is currently a diplomate with the American Board of Professional Psychology and a member of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.  She is board member of the North Carolina Psychological Association. She has co-authored several research articles and been the lead author on several paper presentations on trauma, PTSD, and health care utilization.  Dr. Forneris has also worked on several research grants with Dr. David Rubinow and Dr. Susan Girdler. The primary focus of her current clinical work is as the director of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy program at UNC-Chapel Hill.  She is also a co-director of the UNC Hospitals Beacon Child and Family Program, which provides a variety of services to patients of all ages and their families who are victims of interpersonal violence.


Representative Publications:

  1. Forneris, C.A. (2008). Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. In Netter’s Internal Medicine, Runge, M. and Greganti, M.A., Eds. Teterboro: Icon Learning Systems.
  2. Blanchard EB, Hickling EJ, Forneris CA, Taylor AE, Buckley TC, Loos WR, Jaccard J: Prediction of remission of acute posttraumatic stress disorder in motor vehicle accident victims. J Trauma Stress 10:215-234, 1997.
  3. Butterfield MI, Panzer PG, Forneris CA: Victimization of women and its impact on assessment and treatment in the psychiatric emergency setting. Psychiatric Clinics of North America 22:875-896, 1999.
  4. Butterfield MI, Forneris CA, Feldman ME, Beckham JC: Hostility and functional health status in women veterans with and without posttraumatic stress disorder: a preliminary study. J Trauma Stress 13:735-741, 2000.
  5. Forneris CA, Bosworth HB, Butterfield MI: Outpatient care use among female veterans: differences between mental health and non-mental health users. Military Medicine 167:10-13, 2002.
  6. McCaffrey, R. J., Forneris, C. A.: Neuropsychological sequelae of adolescent polysubstance abuse. In H. W. Reese and M. D. Franzen (Eds.), Life Span Developmental Psychology: Biological and Neuropsychological Mechanisms (pp. 199-214). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Earlbaum, 1997.