Dr. Stanley is a clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment of individuals with borderline personality disorder, depression and self-harm. With her colleague, Dr. Gregory Brown, she developed the Safety Planning Intervention that is used in Emergency Departments, inpatient and outpatient facilities, throughout the VA and on crisis hotlines. She currently holds numerous leadership positions as Professor of Medical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons, the Director of the Suicide Prevention Training, Implementation and Evaluation for the Center for Practice Innovation and Research Scientist in Molecular Imaging and Neuropathology at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and the Leader of the Conte Center for Suicide Prevention Project 5, “Stress, Inflammation, Aggression and Emotion Regulation in Suicidal Behavior”.