Catherine A. Forneris, Ph.D., JD, ABPP, is a Professor 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 Board member of the North Carolina Psychological Association, is chair of the Continuing Education Committee, and a member of the Legislative Committee. She has co-authored several research articles and been the lead author on several paper presentations on trauma, PTSD, depression, health care utilization, and women’s health. 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 medical co-director of the UNC Hospitals Beacon Child and Family program which provides a variety of services to employees and patients of all ages and their families who are victims of interpersonal violence.
Dr. Forneris earned her law degree and became a member of the North Carolina Bar in 2016. She has a small private practice and works in the areas of estate planning and family law.