Alyssa A. Di Bartolomeo received her BA (specialized honours) from York University in 2021 and is currently a Clinical Psychology MA student at York University working under the supervision of Dr. Henny Westra. Alyssa's undergraduate thesis, under the supervision of Dr. Henny Westra, investigated how deliberate practice psychotherapy training mitigates unproductive client motivational language and improves psychotherapy skill acquisition. Having worked as Dr. Skye Fitzpatrick's and Dr. Amy Muise's Lab Coordinator, Alyssa also received extensive research experience with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and intimate relationships. Her current research aims to optimize psychotherapy training and understand key process markers in therapy. She hopes to further investigate how key process markers, the therapeutic alliance, and therapist effects (e.g., emotion regulation, skills) can influence client motivation for change and progress in therapy. Likewise, Alyssa is also interested in the role of social support for improving mental health outcomes, with a particular focus on how intimate relationships impact BPD symptoms. For more information, please visit alyssadibartolomeo.com.