Stephanie Jarvi Steele

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Smith College

Contact & Office Hours

Mondays, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Bass Hall 303



Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Suffolk University

M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Suffolk University

A.B. in Psychology, Smith College


Stephanie Jarvi Steele is a 2007 Smith College graduate and a licensed clinical psychologist in Massachusetts who studies self-injurious thoughts and behaviors in high-risk psychopathology. She earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Suffolk University in Boston and completed her predoctoral clinical internship at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Steele then completed a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship at Boston University in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, where she worked on a large clinical trial exploring the efficacy of transdiagnostic cognitive-behavioral therapy for the treatment of comorbid alcohol use and anxiety disorders. After teaching at Williams College as a visiting faculty member for three years, Steele joined the Psychology Department at Smith as Assistant Professor of Psychology in 2022. Steele directs the Behavioral Assessment of Self-Injury Lab (BASIL) at Smith, which aims at to further elucidate risk factors and preventive interventions for self-injurious thoughts and behaviors.


Journal articles

Liu, R. T., Jarvi Steele, S., Hamilton, J. L., Do, Q. B. P., Furbish, K., Burke, T. A., Martinez, A., & Gerlus, N. (2020). Sleep and suicide: A systematic review and meta-analysis of longitudinal studies. Clinical Psychology Review, 81. Advance online publication.

Jarvi Steele, S., Furbish, K., Bjorgvinsson, T., & Swenson, L. P. (2020). An exploratory mixed methods approach to implicit and explicit identification with non-suicidal self-injury. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 69. Advance online publication.

Sauer-Zavala, S., Fournier, J., Jarvi Steele, S., Woods, B. K., Wang, M., Farchione, T. J., & Barlow, D. H. (2020). Does the Unified Protocol really treat neuroticism? Results from a randomized-controlled trial. Psychological Medicine, 21, 1-10. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1017/S0033291720000975 (First authorship is shared by Sauer-Zavala & Fournier).

Sauer-Zavala, S., Bentley, K. H., Jarvi Steele, S., Wilner Tirpak, J., Ametaj, A. A., Nauphal, M., Cardona, N., Wang, M., Farchione, T. J., & Barlow, D. H. (2020). Treating depressive disorders with the Unified Protocol: A preliminary randomized evaluation. Journal of Affective Disorders, 264, 438-445.

Peckham, A. D., Jordan, H., Silverman, A. L., Jarvi Steele, S., Bjorgvinsson, T., & Beard, C. (2019). From urges to action: Negative urgency and nonsuicidal self-injury in an acute transdiagnostic sample. Archives of Suicide Research. doi: 10.1080/13811118.2019.1625831.

Jarvi Steele, S., Farchione, T. J., Cassiello-Robbins, C., Ametaj, A., Sbi, S., Sauer-Zavala, S., & Barlow, D. H. (2018). Efficacy of the Unified Protocol for transdiagnostic treatment of comorbid psychopathology accompanying emotional disorders compared to treatments targeting single disorders. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 104, 211-216. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychires.2018.08.005.

Jarvi, S. M., Swenson, L. P., & Batejan, K. L. (2017). Motivation for and use of social network sites: Comparisons among college students with and without histories of non-suicidal self-injury. Journal of American College Health, 65, 306-312. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2017.1312410.

Jarvi, S. M., Hearon, B. A., Batejan, K. L., Gironde, S., & Bjorgvinsson, T. (2016).  Relations between past-week physical activity and recent nonsuicidal self-injury in treatment-seeking psychiatric adults. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 73, 479-488. doi: 10.1002/jclp.22342.

Jarvi, S. M., & Swenson, L. P. (2016). The role of positive expectancies in risk behavior: An exploration of alcohol use and non-suicidal self-injury. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, 38, 115-122. doi: 10.1027/0227-5910/a000417.

Jarvi, S. M., Baskin-Sommers, A., Hearon, B. A., Gironde, S., & Bjorgvinsson, T. (2016). Borderline personality traits predict poorer functioning after partial hospitalization: The mediating role of depressive symptomatology. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 40, 128-138. doi: 10.1007/s10608-015-9726-0.

Batejan, K. L., Swenson, L. P., Jarvi, S. M., & Muehlenkamp, J. J. (2015). Perceptions of the functions of non-suicidal self-injury in a college sample. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, 36, 338-344. doi: 10.1027/0227-5910/a000332.

Batejan, K. L., Jarvi, S. M., & Swenson, L. P. (2015). Relations between sexual orientation and non-suicidal self-injury: A meta-analytic review. Archives of Suicide Research, 19, 131-150. doi: 10.1080/13811118.2014.957450.

Muehlenkamp, J. J., Swenson, L. P., Batejan, K. L., & Jarvi, S. M. (2015). Participating in NSSI survey research: Affective reactions and urges to self-injure. Clinical Psychological Science, 3, 26-37. doi: 10.1177/2167702614531579.

Reisner, S. L., Conron, K. J., Tardiff, L. A., Jarvi, S. M., & Austin, S. B. (2014). Monitoring the health of transgender and other gender minority populations: Validity of natal sex and gender identity survey items in a U.S. national cohort of young adults. BMC Public Health, 14, 1-10. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-1224.

Jarvi, S. M., Jackson, B., Swenson, L. P., & Crawford, H. L. (2013). The impact of social contagion on non-suicidal self-injury: A review of the literature. Archives of Suicide Research, 17, 1-19. doi: 10.1080/13811118.2013.748404.

Book chapters

Jarvi Steele, S., Jaffe, N., & Murray, G. (in press). “Social contagion of non-suicidal self-injury”. In I. Baetens, E. Lloyd-Richardson, & J. Whitlock (Eds.), The Handbook of Nonsuicidal Self-Injury. Oxford University Press.

Farchione, T. J., Jarvi Steele, S., Woods, B. K., Curreri, A. J., Wang, M., & Barlow, D. H. (2020). “Unified Protocol: A transdiagnostic CBT approach”. In N. M. Simon, E. Hollander, B. O. Rothbaum, & D. J. Stein (Eds.), APA Textbook of Anxiety, Trauma, and OCD-related Disorders (pp. 113- 122). Washington, D.C.: APA Publishing.