Alec L. Miller, is a clinical psychologist, teacher, researcher, author, and disseminator of evidence-based treatments. He is Co-Founder and Clinical Director of Cognitive and Behavioral Consultants, a private group practice and training center based in White Plains and Manhattan. He is also a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY. For 20 years, from 1995 to 2015, he served as: Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychology, Director of the Adolescent Depression and Suicide Program, Associate Director of the Psychology Training, and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY.
Dr. Miller is an expert in the treatment of stress management, adolescent depression, suicide and self-injury, borderline personality disorder, as well as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). He received his B.A. from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and his doctorate in clinical psychology from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology of Yeshiva University. Beginning in 1995, he headed clinical-research teams adapting DBT for outpatient suicidal multi-problem adolescents as well as contributing to the adaptation of DBT for other populations and settings including schools. He has received federal, state, and private funding for his research and has been an invited member of NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) consensus meetings regarding adolescent suicide. He has authored and co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. In addition Dr. Miller has co-authored four books, including the three leading textbooks on DBT with adolescents, titled, Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Suicidal Adolescents (2007), “DBT Skills Training with Adolescents (2015), and DBT Skills in Schools: The Skills Training for Emotional Problem-Solving for Adolescents (STEPS-A) (2016). Upon invitation by the American Psychological Association, Dr. Miller developed a psychotherapy training video titled, DBT for Multi-Problem Adolescents (2007). The fourth book he co-authored is a book titled Childhood Maltreatment, Advances in Psychotherapy-Evidence Based Practice (2006).
Dr. Miller has received numerous awards and honors, including the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. He was nominated and selected to become a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), in both Division 12 (Clinical Psychology) and Division 53 (Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology), as well as a Fellow of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), all for his outstanding and enduring contributions to the field. He has served on the Board of Directors of APA, Division 12, and is past president of the Clinical Emergencies and Crises section. Additionally, he also served as the 2007 Division 12 Program Chair of the APA Convention. In 2002, Dr. Miller received the Service Award from the International Society for the Improvement and Training of DBT(ISITDBT), served as the ISITDBT Conference Chair in 2005 and 2006, and served on its Executive Board until 2018. In 2008, he received the Lauretta Bender Honored Lecturer Award and in 2013 received the Rhodes Spirit of Leadership Award. He is an invited member of the International Academy for Suicide Research, a scientific advisory council member of the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, and a past consultant on the FDA's Suicide Classification Project. Dr. Miller also previously served as Associate Editor of the journal, Cognitive and Behavioral Practice (C&BP) and now serves on the Editorial Board. He also serves as a reviewer for over a dozen professional journals. Furthermore, he’s a member and serves on the program committee of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies(ABCT), he’s a founding member of NYC-CBT, and serves as a scientific advisor to the National Educational Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEA-BPD).
Dr. Miller has conducted over 1,000 lectures and workshops worldwide to both lay and professional audiences. He was the lead trainer and co-investigator of the first randomized trial of adolescent DBT conducted in Oslo, Norway. He is a consultant to numerous DBT research studies internationally as well as to over 100 schools that have or are currently implementing DBT. He truly enjoys presenting to parents, teachers and administrators his perspective on social emotional learning and his rationale and methodology for bringing both Comprehensive School Based-DBT and STEPS-A to school age students. In addition, Dr. Miller is a School Board Trustee of the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, and an Advisor to the IDEAL School in Manhattan. Additionally, he served as a Board Member of Project 375 with former NFL All-Pro wide receiver, Brandon Marshall, whose mission was to destigmatize mental health and increase access to care for youth.
As a clinician, Dr. Miller is a practitioner of CBT and DBT and treats adults, adolescents, couples and families in White Plains, NY. His clinical expertise has been highlighted by various media outlets including the New York Times, CNN, ABC News, CBS TV, MSNBC, PBS TV, Fox News, Teen People Magazine, Redbook, WebMD, the Associated Press, and Voice of America.