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Journal of Personality Assessment

Official Journal of the Society for Personality Assessment

EDITOR Gregory J. Meyer University of Toledo, Department of Psychology, Mail Stop #948 2801 West Bancroft Street, Toledo, Ohio 43606-3390 Email: [email protected] ASSOCIATE EDITORS

Susan L. Crowley - Utah State University Radhika Krishnamurthy - Florida Institute of Technology John E. Kurtz - Villanova University Stephen Strack - VA Ambulatory Care Center, Los Angeles Thomas A. Widiger - University of Kentucky


Volume 92, 2010, 6 Issues per year Print ISSN: 0022-3891 Online ISSN: 1532-7752

2008 IMPACT FACTOR 1.678 The Institute for Scientific Information Journal Citation Report for 2008 ranks the Journal of Personality Assessment 17th out of 50 journals in Social Psychology (Social Science) and 38th out of 88 journals in Clinical Psychology (Social Science) with an Impact Factor of 1.678.

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The Journal of Personality Assessment primarily publishes articles dealing with the development, evaluation, refinement, and application of personality assessment methods. Published six times a year, the journal features articles that address empirical, theoretical, instructional, or professional aspects of using psychological tests, interview data, or the applied clinical assessment process. The information presented in the journal can also be used to advance the measurement, description, or understanding of personality, psychopathology, and human behavior. The Journal of Personality Assessment is broadly concerned with these issues: · Developing and using personality assessment methods in clinical, counseling, forensic, and health psychology settings; · The assessment process in applied clinical practice; · The assessment of people of all ages and cultures; · Both normal and abnormal personality functioning. RECENT CONTENTS Testing the Effectiveness of Family Therapeutic Assessment: A Case Study Using a Time-Series Design, Justin D. Smith, Nicole J. Wolf, Leonard Handler, and Michael R. Nash Construct Validity of the Relationship Profile Test: Correlates of Overdependence, Detachment, and Healthy Dependency in Low Income Urban Women Seeking Medical Services, Robert F. Bornstein, John H. Porcerelli, Steven K. Huprich, and Tsveti Markova Faking Good on the MCMI­III: Implications for Child Custody Evaluations, Paul Lenny and Greg E. Dear Measuring Clarity of and Attention to Emotions, Patrick A. Palmieri, M. Tyler Boden, and Howard Berenbaum Measuring Individual Differences in Trait Sympathy: Instrument Construction and Validation, Sherman A. Lee Validity and Stability of the Youth Psychopathic Traits Inventory in a Nonforensic Sample of Young Adults, Mary Ann Campbell, Naomi L. Doucette, and Sheila French Investigating the MMPI­2 Trauma Profile in Treatment-Seeking Peacekeepers, Arthur R. Rademaker, Rolf J. Kleber, Miranda E. Meijer, and Eric Vermetten The Rorschach Texture Response: A Construct Validation Study Using Attachment Theory, Michael J. Cassella and Donald J. Viglione

SPA Board of Trustees

Dear Fellow SPA Members: On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Society for Personality Assessment (SPA), I invite you to join us March 24-28, 2010 for our annual Scientific Exchange and Workshops at the beautiful Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, CA. Radhika Krishnamurthy, our President-Elect and Program Chair, and Ginger Calloway and her CE Committee have worked hard to select and arrange an excellent program. Our theme for 2010 is "Personality Assessment in Context." The focus on context is intended to highlight how we shape and adapt our theories, skills, and tools of personality assessment, and communicate our findings in ways that are well suited to the particular populations, audiences, settings, referral questions, and goals with which we are working. Throughout several days of attending the meetings and workshops in San Jose, you'll, of course, be able to keep up to date on the very latest ideas, instruments, and developments in your areas of particular interest or expertise. You can also hobnob with familiar faces and famous names at interest group lunches, consultation sessions, poster sessions, book signings, and receptions (not to mention our famously lively hallways). But we also encourage you to stretch a little. Learn something about an assessment technique you've never used before, try sitting in on a theoretical discussion with people of the `wrong' orientation, find out how your favorite instruments can be adapted to novel settings, check out innovations in teaching and research, have lunch and maybe plan a joint project or exchange of ideas with a colleague from the other side of the world. No matter how you approach the meeting, I can guarantee that you'll have some difficult choices to make. Apart from our plenary sessions designed to be of interest to everyone, such as the Master Lectures by John Briere and Phil Erdberg, there may be 5 or more worthwhile things to do at any given time--case discussions, presentations of research in progress, roundtables on the future of practice, symposia on controversial topics. We'll provide labels and mix up the topics to help you track your major interests throughout the conference; but any way you slice it, you'll often find yourself wishing you could be in two places at once. For in-depth coverage of topics of special interest, make sure you sign up for a workshop or two. In addition to a number that are suitable for all levels of experience, we're going to offer a few that are designed specifically for advanced audiences. We'll have workshops by John Briere, Phil Erdberg, Ronald Ganellen, Corine de Ruiter, Jeffrey Younggren, Arnold Bruhn, Christopher Hopwood, Sharon Rae Jenkins, Antoinette Thomas, Barry Ritzler, Anthony Sciara, Reid Meloy, Mark Blais, David Streiner, Tad Gorske, Diane Engelman, Ellen Krantz, Richard Lewak, Robin Deutsch, Stephen Finn, Deborah Tharinger, Pamela Schaber, Jay Flens, Margaret Lee, Robert Kaufman, Nancy Olesen, Marjorie Gans Walters, Steve Friedlander, John Sikorski, Graeme Hanson, and me. Come to San Jose and sharpen your skills, challenge your settled notions, feed your curiosity, widen your horizons, make new friends. Visit our website ( to register and try to make your hotel reservations early. Early registration will get you the lowest registration fees and also ensure a hotel room in the deeply discounted block that we are holding for our attendees. To be sure there's room for you in the workshops of your choice, try to register for them, too, as soon as possible. This registration brochure lists all of the workshops, paper sessions, symposia, roundtables, and case presentations scheduled for the meeting. A more detailed Program Book will be available online through our web page after January 1, 2010. All registrants will receive a copy of the Program Book in their registration packets. I look forward to seeing you in March in San Jose, CA.

Robert E. Erard President

Radhika Krishnamurthy President-Elect Program Chair

Virginia M. Brabender Past President

Carol Groves Overton Secretary

F. Barton Evans Treasurer

Ginger C. Calloway Representative-at-Large

Ronald J. Ganellen Representative-at-Large

David S. Nichols Representative-at-large

Steven Smith Representative-at-Large

Gregory J. Meyer JPA Editor

Jed A. Yalof SPA Exchange Editor

Bruce L. Smith Public Affairs Director

Christopher Hopwood President, SPAGS

Robert E. Erard Ph.D. President, SPA Board of Trustees


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

8:00 am - 4:00 pm Full-Day Workshops (4) (see description pp. 6-7) Half-Day Workshops (2) (see description pp. 6-7) Lunch Break Half-Day Workshops (2) (see description pp. 8-9) Board of Trustees Meeting Half-Day Workshop (1) (see description p. 9)

Friday, March 26, 2010

7:30 - 8:30 am 8:30 - 10:30 am Journal Editorial Board Meeting Breakfast Scientific Sessions Paper Session A : New Research on the MMPI-2 Paper Session B: Rorschach Issues: Administration, Coding, and Validity Symp C: Attachment in Child Custody Evaluations: The Missing Piece in an Integrative Assessment Symp D: Clinical Interpretation of the Rorschach: Using the CS and Content Analysis Symp E: Recent Advances in Clinical and Diagnostic Uses of the MCMI-III Master Lecture II Giving Personality Assessment Away S. Philip Erdberg Lunch Break Lunchtime Presentation Doing Effective Oral and Written Presentations Lunchtime Presentation Operationalizing the BICS International Members Meeting Interest groups Assessment Research Collaborative/Therapeutic Assessment [CT] Scientific Sessions Symp F: Introducing Key Features of the Rorschach Performance Assessment System Symp G: Forensic Psychological Evaluation in Immigration Court [FO] Paper Session H: Collaborative/Therapeutic Assessment Research [CT] Paper Session I: Advances in Assessment of Pathological Narcissicism Paper Session J: Assessing Response Distortions and Biases Roundtable K: Clinimetrics: A Challenge for PA Scientific Sessions Roundtable L: Psychological Assessment in the Public Eye: Lessons from Wikipedia Paper Session M: Play Assessment: Validation of Versions of Affect in Play Scale Paper Session N: Cultural Competence and Sensitivity Paper Session O: Choosing the Right Words: Verbal and Written Feedback in Therapeutic Assessment [CT] Symp P: Cross-Informant Assessment Reception/Awards Walter G. Klopfer Award TBA Martin Mayman Award TBA Samuel J. and Anne G. Beck Award Matthew Baity Mary Cerney Award Aidan G.C. Wright Dinner Honoring Irving B. Weiner

8:00 - 11:30 am

11:30 am - 1:00 pm 1:00 - 4:30 pm

4:30 - 9:00 pm 5:00 - 8:30 pm

10:45 - 11:45 am

Thursday, March 25, 2010

12:00 - 1:15 pm 8:00 - 11:30 am Half-Day Workshops (5) (see description pp. 9-11) Board of Trustees Meeting Lunch Break 12:00 - 1:15 pm 1:00 - 2:00 pm Consultation Sessions 12:00 - 1:15 pm Forensic Consultation [FO] J. Reid Meloy Collaborative/Therapeutic Assessment Consultation Constance T. Fischer [CT] Psychodynamic Case Consultation Marshall L. Silverstein ABAP Diplomate Preparation Irving B. Weiner 2:00 - 3:00 pm Opening Plenary Session Presidential Address How To Cook Without a Book (and how not to) Robert E. Erard 3:00 - 4:00 pm Bruno Klopfer Award Roger L. Greene Master Lecture I The Assessment of TraumaRelated Symptomatology John N. Briere Hertz Memorial Presenation in memory of Jane Loevinger SPAGS Board Meeting/Dinner Book Signing President's Welcome Reception Poster Session I Assessment with Diverse Populations and Settings 7:30 pm 5:45 - 7:00 pm 1:15 - 3:15 pm 12:00 - 1:15 pm

8:00 - 12:00 noon 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

12:00 - 1:15 pm

3:30 - 5:30 pm

4:15 - 5:15 pm

5:30 - 6:30 pm

6:45 pm 6:45 - 7:45 pm 6:45 - 8:00 pm 6:45 - 8:00 pm


FO = Forensic Assessment CT = Collaborative/Therapeutic Assessment

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

7:30 - 8:30 am 8:00 - 10:00 am Exchange Editorial Board Breakfast Scientific Sessions Symp A: Advances in Rorschach Performance Assessment: Part I Symp B: Multimethod Assessment of Psychological Impairment, Employability, and Disability Paper Session C: Assessing Trauma, Dissociation, and Defenses Paper Session D: Diversity Issues in Personality Assessment Paper Session E: Forensic Assessment [FO] Scientific Sessions Symp F: Personality in Context of the DSM-V Symp G: Forensic Asssessment of Asylum Seekers [FO] Paper Session H: MMPI-2-RF Studies Paper Session I: Advances in Rorschach Performance Assessment: Part II Paper Session J: Performance-Based Measurement of Psychopathology and Distress Lunch Break Student Lunch Leonard Handler

Sunday, March 28, 2010

8:00 am - 4:00 pm Full-Day Workshops (4) (see description pp.11-12) Half-Day Workshops (1) (see description p. 12)

8:00 - 11:30 am


Program Schedule . . . . . . . . . . 4-5

10:15 - 12:15 pm

Workshops . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-12

Master Lecturers . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

12:15 - 1:30 pm 12:15 - 1:30 pm 12:15 - 1:30 pm

Scientific Sessions . . . . . . . . . 13-18

Interest Groups Forensic Psychology [FO] Psychoanalytic Assessment Assessment Ethics Consultaton Robert E. Erard Scientific Sessions Roundtable K: Wither the Rorschach: Revolution, Evolution, or Status Quo? Paper Session L: Application of Personality Assessment in Selection Decisions Paper Session M: Assessing Traits, States, and Life Events Paper Session N: Collaborative/Therapeutic Assessment Applications with Children, Adolescents, and Families [CT] Paper Session O: Studies in Aggression Paper Session P: New and Established Measures Scientific Sessions Paper Session Q: Assessment of Sex Offenders [FO] Paper Session R: Use of Music in Performance-Based Assessment Paper Session S: Duquesne Life-World Rorschach Research and First Semester Life-World Assessments Symp T: Integrating Attachment into Clinical Practice: Nuts and Bolts Symp U: Contributions from Personality Assessment to the Development of Axis II in DSM-V Farewell Reception for Journal Reviewers Poster Session II Psychometric/Methodological Studies and Other Empirical Investigations

12:15 - 1:30 pm

Awards and Tributes . . . . . . . . . 19

1:30 - 3:30 pm

Registration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Continuing Education . . . . . . . . . 21

Accommodations . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

3:45 - 5:45 pm

Student Activities . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Volunteers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Consultations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

6:00 - 7:00 pm 6:00 - 7:00 pm

International Committee . . . . . . 24

Interest Groups . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Employment Fair . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

8:00 am - 4:00 pm Full-Day, 7 CE Credits

Workshop #1 Trauma-Relevant Psychological Assessment

John N. Briere, Ph.D. Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA This workshop will outline the primary symptoms and disorders associated with trauma exposure (including "complex" trauma involving child abuse and neglect) and will describe generic and trauma-specific assessment instruments relevant to traumatized individuals. These will include standardized measures of posttraumatic stress, dissociation, impaired self-reference, affect dysregulation, "acting out" (tension reduction) behaviors, and relational issues, as well as possible comorbidities such as anxiety, depression, and substance abuse. A number of the presenter's published instruments will be discussed in greater detail. Goals and Objectives: 1. Outline the major psychological effects of acute and early trauma exposure. 2. Describe ways in which generic measures such as the PAI and MMPI-2 can be used to understand traumatized individuals. 3. List at least four standardized, trauma-specific psychological tests. 4. Describe the general notion of "assessment-based treatment." Skill Level: This is an intermediate level workshop. understanding of the processes involved in generating test responses, as well as concerns about redundancy and parsimony. Thus, RPAS emphasizes scores in which the phenomenology of the coded response parallels the phenomenology of the inferred real-world behavior or personality characteristic being assessed. This workshop should be useful for practitioners and for people who teach or conduct research on personality assessment. Currently, the RPAS focuses on using the Rorschach with adolescents and adults, although some considerations regarding its use with children will be offered. Attendees should be familiar with the Rorschach and will receive preliminary RPAS materials for administration, scoring, and interpretation. Goals and Objectives: 1. Describe the basic concept of response phenomenology and its relationship to construct validity. 2. Recognize critical components of the scientific foundation of the Rorschach Performance Assessment System. 3. Use the materials provided to perform basic administration, scoring, and norming procedures with the RPAS. 4. Describe the principles of variable selection for inclusion in the RPAS. 5. Describe the basic interpretive principles and use materials provided to be able to produce sound interpretive inferences. Skill Level: Participants should have some familiarity with Rorschach administration, scoring, and interpretation.

Workshop #3 Forensic Assessment of Violent Offenders: Sex, Lies, and Videotapes

Ronald J. Ganellen Northwestern University, Chicago, IL Corine de Ruiter Maastricht University, The Netherlands Psychologists are often asked to evaluate individuals involved in the criminal justice system. Because of the wide range of questions asked in forensic contexts, it is not realistic to expect any one psychological instrument to adequately address all relevant psychological issues, such as the presence of a psychotic disorder or the risk of future aggressive behavior. One dimension of psychological functioning to consider when evaluating criminal offenders is psychopathy. Psychopathy is a personality construct independent of any diagnosis contained in the DSM-IV. Psychopathy is not directly measured by traditional psychological measures. The PCL and PCL-R were developed to identify and rate the severity of psychopathic characteristics and are widely used in forensic and correctional settings. They can provide valuable information as prisoners identified by the PCL-R as psychopaths exhibit more aggressive and disruptive behavior while in prison than non-psychopathic prisoners; have a less favorable response to psychological treatment; and, when released from prison, are at greater risk for recidivism. During this intermediate level workshop, we will review administration, scoring, and interpretation of the PCL-R, and discuss similarities and differences in the definitions of psychopathy and Antisocial

Workshop #2 Using Emerging and Existing Data to Improve Rorschach Validity and Utility

Donald J. Viglione, Ph.D. Alliant International University, San Diego, CA Gregory J. Meyer, Ph.D. Joni L. Mihura, Ph.D. University of Toledo, Toledo, OH We present the Rorschach Performance Assessment System (RPAS) as a reliable, valid, useful, and manageable way of using the Rorschach internationally in applied practice. We describe the scientific rationale and procedures for the new RPAS, addressing administration; inquiry; the selection, scoring, and computation of variables; form quality; normative referencing; a standardized format to present the results; and interpretive inferences. The system is built upon a solid research foundation, making use of the best supported variables in the Rorschach literature, and an appreciation of the Rorschach task as providing a sample of behavioral performance. We review relevant evidence from several of our studies, to which many SPA members and colleagues around the world contributed. The selection of variables and interpretive guidelines derive from a systematic review of the Rorschach validity literature, surveys of clinicians about the usefulness of indices and variables, and a conceptual

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Personality Disorder. Cases of prisoners who committed serious offenses, each of whom was administered the PCL-R, MMPI-2, and Rorschach, will be presented to illustrate how findings from the PCL-R can be integrated with findings from the MMPI2 and Rorschach. The strengths and limitations of each instrument will be discussed. Brief videotapes of these offenders will be shown so workshop participants can form a vivid "mental picture" of what these offenders are like. Goals and Objectives: 1. Review the conceptualization of psychopathy. 2. Describe administration, scoring, and interpretation of the PCL-R. 3. Discuss similarities and differences in the definitions of psychopathy and Antisocial Personality Disorder. 4. Illustrate ways to integrate findings from the PCL-R with findings from the MMPI-2 and Rorschach. 5. Identify strengths and limitations of each instrument for specific assessment issues in forensic contexts. Skill Level: This is an intermediate level workshop. Goals and Objectives: 1. Provide basic strategies for identifying high risk situations and managing professional practice risks. 2. Describe how to manage interactions with lawyers and the legal system, including responding to subpoenas and other information requests, providing testimony at depositions and in court, and using strategies for interacting with attorneys. 3. Describe how to manage potential conflicts in conjoint treatment with couples and families, with particular emphasis on the special risks associated with divorce. 4. Prepare essential risk management strategies for identifying and managing outpatient suicide risk. 5. Describe ethical and legal standards governing these areas of practice. Skill Level: The workshop is primarily directed to psychologists in private practice, but it is applicable to all sites where health sciences are provided.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Workshop #4 Legal Ethical Risks and Ethical Risk Management in Professional Psychological Practice

Jeffrey N. Younggren, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA For the last ten years, there has been a major increase in the number of lawsuits, licensing board complaints, and ethics committee complaints against clinical psychologists. As managed care continues to dominate third party reimbursement in both the private and public sectors, any adverse disciplinary event can make it difficult, if not impossible to meet credentialing requirements. The changes in the economic system have led to changes in therapeutic approaches and business organizations that, in turn, have increased the complexity of the legal and regulatory environment. In these difficult times, a risk management strategy is an essential element of professional practice. After providing a basic introduction to identifying legal and ethical risks involved in working with high risk patients and situations, this workshop will focus on three specialized areas of practice: working with couples and families, involvement with lawyers and the legal system, and working with potentially suicidal clients. The primary workshop goal is to allow practitioners to identify potential legal and ethical problems in these areas so that risks of lawsuits and disciplinary complaints can be minimized. Dr. Younggren will suggest strategies which will make it more likely that a psychologist will prevail if she/he is unfortunate enough to be the target of these sometimes unavoidable events. The program will describe how and when practitioners can utilize the APAIT Advocate 800 Risk Management Consultation Service as part of their own risk management strategies. The workshop is primarily directed to psychologists in private practice but it applicable to all sites where health services are provided.

8:00 am - 11:30 am Half-Day, 3.5 CE Credits

Workshop #5 An Introduction to Early Memories Procedure Interpretation

Arnold R. Bruhn, Ph.D. Chevy Chase, MD The Early Memories Procedure (EMP) is best used at the beginning of therapy to assess major unresolved issues that have unconsciously motivated the client to seek therapy at this time. Thus the presenting problem ("I've been depressed for six months") can be viewed from a more relevant perspective (memory issue: `People close to me keep dying or leaving me'). Often clients lack insight as to what is causing their lives not to work, and we as clinicians must deduce the dysfunction before we can be of much help.The EMP was designed with a two major purposes in mind: to help clinicians figure out by the end of the second session what really brought their client in to therapy; and just as important, to help clients better understand how they function and `what is wrong with them'-- to teach psychological mindedness, in so many words. Secondarily, such work demystifies the work of psychotherapy and reduces unproductive anxiety--the client's feeling helpless and out of control. Proceeding in this manner helps to build trust in their therapist and the therapy process--by the end of the second session, clients know why they are there, what in their lives is not working, and what they must do to make things right. Once clients understand what the problem is, they are less likely to drop out and more likely to believe the therapist knows what s/he is doing. Goals and Objectives: 1. Provide a structured method to interpret memories reliably (a sine qua non of the scientific method). 2. Introduce the EMP and discuss how to use it at the beginning of therapy. 3. Identify the major unresolved issue that brought the client into therapy.

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4. Sketch out how the major unresolved issue can be conceptualized three dimensionally--what is the issue, how it came to be a problem, and what keeps it unresolved now. 5. Illustrate how the therapist can help the client to resolve the major unresolved issue. Skill Level: Participants are assumed to have some foundational understanding of autobiographical memories and how such memories are chosen, emergized, and shaped by personality dynamics.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

1:00 pm - 4:30 pm Half-Day, 3.5 CE Credits

Workshop #7 Quantitative Relationships Approaches to Storytelling Techniques: Validity, Evidence, and Application

Sharon Rae Jenkins, Ph.D. University of North Texas, Denton, TX Antoinette D. Thomas, Ph.D. St. Lambert, Quebec, Canada To understand people's problems in their interpersonal relationships, this story scoring approach describes relationships of characters in TAT stories. Clearly defined content analysis categories are applied to each story, and scores describe the content found. Each relationship receives one score describing its affective valence and another score for the complexity of cognitive perspective-taking ("taking the role of the other"). These scores come from manuals recently published, along with research summaries, in the Handbook of Clinical Scoring Systems for Thematic Apperceptive Techniques. Attendees will learn about the research, then practice these scoring techniques by studying examples and applying the systems to stories scored by experts. Thomas's Affective Scale scores each relationship between -2 and +2 to describe the relationship's affective valence. The difference between scores for spousal relationships and other relationships (especially parental) distinguishes happily married couples from those less happily married (Thomas & Dudek, 1985). In a clinic sample, positive Parent scores were associated with fewer family of origin complaints (Jenkins & Thomas, 2007). Feffer's Interpersonal Decentering System scores interactions between characters on a 9-point scale of increasing complexity and coordination of perspectives, from undifferentiated through sequential interaction to simultaneous information processing (requiring internalization of both self and other). High scorers are better at differentiating characters and perspectives in Feffer's Role-Taking Task (Feffer & Jahelka, 1968); violence perpetrators scored lower than other outpatients (Jenkins, Dobbs, & Leeper, 2005). Goals and Objectives: 1. Give a general orientation to theory and applications of relationships scoring of storytelling techniques; 2. Introduce the primary validation evidence for two relationships story scoring systems. 3. Ensure introductory competence in scoring and interpreting two relationships TAT scoring systems. Skill Level: The minimum skill level is graduate student status with one course in personality assessment that includes the TAT, another storytelling technique, or the Rorschach Comprehensive System.

Workshop #6 Advanced Personality Assessment Inventory Interpretation

Christopher J. Hopwood, Ph.D. Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI The purpose of this workshop is to outline advanced interpretive strategies for the Personality Assessment Inventory. Three broad areas of interpretation will be discussed, including issues related to the interpretation of profile validity, psychiatric diagnosis, and the assessment of risk for harm to self or others or treatment-related problems. The PAI includes multiple scales and indicators of response sets that could affect the validity of the clinical profile. These include indicators of random responding and both negative and positive dissimulation. Within negative and positive dissimulation, indicators vary in the degree to which they reflect covert influences related to psychopathology and overt efforts to distort the profile. An empirically-based model for interpreting these indicators will be described using clinical cases. Further, strategies for better understanding the influences of response sets on the rest of the PAI profile will be offered. Several empirical and conceptual methods for developing psychiatric diagnoses with the PAI have been developed. Each of these methods will be described in the context of previously collected PAI data, and a model for developing diagnostic hypotheses with the PAI that goes beyond an enumeration of the most elevated clinical scales will be described. The PAI has a number of scales and indicators designed to assess risks such as self-harm, other-harm, and problematic treatment process. Recent research on the validity of these methods will be reviewed and used to inform strategies for clinical assessment of risk with the PAI, which will be further illustrated using clinical case material. Goals and Objectives: 1. Describe the development of PAI indicators of response sets, diagnosis, and risks to harm self or others or for problematic treatment process. 2. Review empirical research on these indicators. 3. Outline interpretive strategies for using the PAI to assess these issues in clinical practice. Skill Level: Participants should be familiar with the PAI.

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Workshop #8 The Rorschach Comprehensive System: Coding and Administration

Barry Ritzler, Ph.D. Long Island University, NY Anthony Sciara, Ph.D. Asheville, NC The workshop will cover advanced coding issues that frequently puzzle the Rorschach psychologist. Since proper administration of the method reduces the difficulty of coding decisions, Dr. Sciara will begin by reviewing proper administration procedures. Next, Dr. Ritzler will provide guidelines for several difficult coding decisions. Dr. Sciara's presentation will outline proper administration procedures to assure precision and standardization of the Comprehensive System. Dr. Ritzler will cover difficult coding issues such as FC versus CF, active versus passive movement, shading determinants, and special scores. Both presenters will discuss the addition of certain enhancement variables that have been included in the Rorschach Training Program workshops. These variables include the Rorschach Oral Dependency Scale and Aggressive Content. Goals and Objectives: 1. Improve administration skills, particularly inquiry, to provide more effective, necessary information for correct scoring. 2. Provide guidelines for making difficult scoring decisions. 3. Familiarize participants with Comprehensive System enhancement variables. 4. Answer questions participants have about coding and administration issues. Skill Level: Participants must be familiar with the Rorschach Comprehensive System through at least one semester's graduate training or the equivalent. assessment teams in the US and Western Europe, whether university, corporate, or government based. Goals and Objectives: 1. Describe the four approaches to violence risk assessment, including the idiographic approach taught in this class. 2. Describe a pathway to violence. 3. Describe markers along a pathway to violence. 4. Explain how this approach has been applied to low frequency high intensity acts of violence, such as mass murder and public assassinations. Skill Level: This workshop is appropriate for all graduate students and Ph.D./Psy.D. psychologists.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

8:00 am - 11:30 am Half-Day, 3.5 CE Credits

Workshop #10 Personality Focused Assessment: An Introduction

Mark A. Blais, Ph.D. Psychology Assessment Center, Boston, MA Psychological assessment requires moving beyond simple scorebehavior relationships and using multi-source data to describe complex human behaviors (Handler & Meyer, 1998). Many believe that the integration of personality theory along with assessment knowledge and skill is required to achieve this level of proficiency. This workshop on Personality Focused Assessment (PFA), presents an approach to psychological assessment that uses a modern model of personality to enhance data organization and integration. Specifically PFA uses a trans-theoretical model of personality, informed by Mayer's systems framework (1998 & 2005), to articulate the major sub-divisions and organization personality and explicitly relates assessment findings to features of the model. PFA has been used to teach advanced psychological assessment to psychology interns and post doctoral fellows for the last decade and has recently been presented in a number of book chapters (Blais and Smith, 2008 & Blais and Hopwood, in press). This workshop will provide a general overview of the trans-theoretical model of personality and demonstrate specifically how assessment data from commonly used instruments (Rorschach, Personality Assessment Inventory and NEO-Personality Inventory Revised) can be aligned with the model to provide a personality focused organization and integration of findings. Clinical examples will be used to illustrate the potential PFA holds for producing dynamic, integrated assessment formulations that places the person at the center of our assessment reports. Goals and Objectives: 1. Present a trans-theoretical model of personality organization and demonstrate how the model may be used to improve the organization, integration and interpretation of common psychological assessment data.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

5:00 pm - 8:30 pm Half-Day, 3.5 CE Credits

Workshop #9 The Black Swan: Threat Assessment of Low Frequency High Intensity Violence

J. Reid Meloy, Ph.D. Forensis, San Diego, CA Low frequency high intensity violence, such as acts of terrorism, mass murder, and public assassinations, cannot be predicted, but their risk can be reduced. Dr. Meloy will present an idiographic model which depends upon the identification of a pathway to violence--dynamic factors, markers, speed, direction--and provides a functional and behavioral approach to discerning variables associated with such acts of instrumental or predatory aggression. The approach differs conceptually and operationally from the traditional nomothetic approach to violence risk assessment, and has been widely adapted by threat

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2. Relate data from three popular psychological instruments, Personality Assessment Inventory, NEO-Personality Inventory Revised and Rorschach Inkblot Method, to the model of personality. 3. Use clinical examples to demonstrate how the personality model can guide and enhance the organization and integration of multi-source assessment data. Skill Level: This is an intermediate level workshop. illustrate CTNA's utility in a complicated case with a man diagnosed with dual attention deficit and executive functioning difficulties, pediatric neuropsychological assessment,and brain injury rehabilitation. Goals and Objectives: 1. Discuss the principles and background of Collaborative Neuropsychology. 2. Describe the methods of a Collaborative Neuropsychology feedback session. 3. Discuss how Collaborative Neuropsychology methods are used in different case examples and clinical situations. 4. Describe how Collaborative Neuropsychology methods can improve patient-practitioner rapport, treatment adherence, differential diagnosis, and develop realistic and applicable treatment/rehabilitation plans. Skill Level: This is an intermediate to advanced level workshop.

Workshop #11 Meta-Analysis for Clinicians

David L. Streiner, Ph.D. Baycrest Centre and the University of Toronto Toronto, Canada Meta-analysis is a technique for combining the results of many studies in a rigorous and systematic way. It was first used to look at studies of treatment effectiveness, but has recently been extended to include studies of the reliability and validity of scales, under the names of `reliability and validity generalization.' This workshop will enable participants to evaluate and/or conduct meta-analyses in both of these areas. Goals and Objectives: 1. Go through the steps necessary to conduct a meta-analysis and generalization study. 2. Evaluate how well a meta-analysis has been done. 3. Calculate reliability and validity generalization coefficients. Skill Level: This workshop is an introductory course in statistics and psychometrics.

Workshop #13 Live Demonstration: Positive Marital Feedback Using the MMPI-2

Richard Lewak, Ph.D. Del Mar Clinic, Del Mar, CA The workshop is a live demonstration of how the MMPI-2 can be used to provide couples with concrete positive feedback about the dynamics of their relationship. The presenter will show how MMPI-2 data can provide a couple with insight into how their early conditioning experiences and personality traits can lead to recurring marital conflicts. Marital therapy techniques developed using MMPI-2 data will also be demonstrated. Volunteer couples will be solicited over the internet and a suitable couple will be given live feedback during the workshop. Should that not be possible because a volunteer couple is not available, a video from a pre-recorded couples feedback will be shown. The first hour of the workshop will discuss the Positive Psychology-influenced feedback paradigm. The second hour will either be a live feedback or a video of a pre-recorded feedback session. The third hour will provide a analysis of the feedback session and identify the structure of positive marital feedback sessions. It will close with participants' questions. Goals and Objectives: 1. Outline a Positive Psychology-influenced paradigm for giving couples feedback from MMPI-2 data. 2. Demonstrate how MMPI-2 data, normally described in pathological terms, can be reformulated in positive yet accurate ways. 3. Demonstrate how MMPI-2 data can be used to create Gestalt exercises in a feedback session. 4. Demonstrate the power of MMPI-2 data as an aid in understanding couples enduring patterns of relating. Skill Level: Participants should have a basic understanding of the MMPI-2.

Workshop #12 Case Studies in Collaborative Neuropsycholgy

Tad Gorske, Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Pittsburgh, PA Diane Engelman, Ph.D. Center for Collaborative Psychology and Psychiatry Kentfield, CA Ellen Krantz, Ph.D. Corte Madera, CA Therapeutic Neuropsychological Assessment (CTNA, Gorske and Smith, 2009) has been developed to fill the void that often exists in the practice of neuropsychological assessment, the provision of objective and personalized feedback that builds rapport with patients and lets their voices be heard in the interpretation and decision-making process. This client-centered approach has shown to lead to more patient centered interventions, better compliance, and stronger recovery. CTNA blends the conceptual framework of Therapeutic/Collaborative Assessment Models and Motivational Interviewing Principles and methods. This workshop will present the background and methodsof CTNA principles and provide case examples of collaborative approaches in neuropsychological assessment. The case examples will 10 / SPA Annual Meeting


Workshop #14 Assessment of Domestic Violence in Child Custody Disputes

Robin Deutsch, Ph.D. Massachusetts General Hospital, Department of Psychiatry Boston, MA In the past, views on domestic violence resulted in polarization in the professional community as dissimilar contexts and samples were compared. There is increasing acknowledgment among family court professionals, custody evaluators, and domestic violence advocates that not all domestic violence is the same and the differences in the use of violence inform custodial and access decisions. This workshop will review these differences with a focus on methods of assessing violence risks, and the implications for children and parenting plans. There will be a review of violence risk assessment instruments, new research on and thinking about differentiation of domestic violence, and the impact of domestic violence on parenting practices and child adjustment. Case vignettes will be used. Goals and Objectives: 1. Differentiate types of domestic violence in custody disputes. 2. Identify violence risk factors. 3. Discuss the ramifications of domestic violence on parenting practices. 4. Identify implications of violent behaviors for parenting plans. Skill Level: This workshop is appropriate for all levels of expertise. chological assessment challenging. 2. Discuss how psychological assessment of adolescents is potentially a family intervention. 3. List the steps in Therapeutic Assessment with adolescents. 4. Describe guidelines for managing confidentiality in adolescent assessments and for respecting teens' appropriate needs for autonomy. 5. Discuss ways to involve caregivers in an adolescent's assessment. 6. Describe various ways to give feedback to teens about their assessment results. Skill Level: This is an introductory workshop; participants should have a basic knowledge of standardized psychological tests.

Workshop #16 Advanced Issues in Child Custody: Current Research, Assessment, and Forensic Applications

S. Margaret Lee, Ph.D. Robert Kaufman, Ph.D Mill Valley, CA Nancy Olesen, Ph.D. Marjorie Gans Walters, PhD. San Rafael, CA Steven Friedlander, PhD. John Sikorski, MD Graeme Hanson, MD San Francisco, CA This workshop will address issues frequently faced when conducting child custody evaluations. The topics will include: attachment, alienation, sexual abuse and personality disorders, particularly in their neurodevelopmental aspects. Each topical presentation will include a review of the recent pertinent research, appropriate assessment instruments found to be useful, and the integration of assessment findings with other data collected in this forensic application. Goals and Objectives: 1. Describe elements of basic research in sexual behavior found in non-abused children of different ages. 2. Describe research on aspects of memory in children, both neurobiological development and situations that increase or decrease the accuracy of recall. 3. Present an example of interaction between constitutional factors and environmental factors in personality formation. 4. Review current perspectives on alienation and on children who refuse to spend time with or reject a parent after divorce. 5. Identify and assess the various factors that contribute to a child's rejection of a parent. 6. Adjust standard evaluation processes to obtain better attachment data and will be introduced to attachment measures for adults and children. Skill Level: Participants should have a basic understanding of divorce and performing child custody evaluations. To register visit: / 11

Sunday, March 28, 2010

8:00 am - 4:00 pm Full-Day, 7 CE Credits

Workshop #15 Therapeutic Assessment of Adolescents and Families

Stephen E. Finn, Ph.D. Pamela Schaber, Ph.D. Center for Therapeutic Assessment, Austin, Texas Deborah Tharinger, Ph.D. University of Texas, Austin, TX Psychological assessment of adolescents is challenging for many reasons, including the difficulty of engaging reluctant teens in an assessment, managing issues of confidentiality and autonomy, and maintaining an alliance with adolescents and their caregivers simultaneously. Drs. Finn, Schaber, and Tharinger will explain how the collaborative process of Therapeutic Assessment meets each of these challenges and aims to benefit adolescents and their caregivers simultaneously. In addition to didactic material, the presenters will show video excerpts from several different adolescent/family assessments. Goals and Objectives: 1. Discuss how developmental issues of adolescents make psy-


Workshop #17 Multimethod Assessment of Personality Disorder

S. Philip Erdberg, Ph.D. University of California, San Francisco, CA Personality disorders can be understood as extreme manifestations of characteristics that cause difficulties in someone's personal and vocational life. Multimethod assessment of these disorders allows a level of understanding that can lead to appropriate intervention planning and monitoring. This workshop presents a model for multimethod assessment based on the dimensional assumption that personality disorders lie at the extreme of normal personality function and are best assessed with instruments whose primary focus is personality as opposed to psychopathology. A substantial personality disorder literature has developed for both the Rorschach the NEO-PI-R, and the combination of a performance-based and a self-report instrument provides the precision necessary for clinically relevant assessment. This workshop begins with a review of Rorschach and Five-Factor Model personality disorder findings and continues with a series of case vignettes that illustrate the combined use of the Rorschach and the NEO-PI-R in a variety of clinical and forensic settings. Goals and Objectives: 1. Describe the distinction between dimensional and categorical approaches in the description of personality disorder. 2. Understand the Rorschach's approach to multiphasic personality description. 3. Describe the approach that the Five-Factor Model takes to describing the various core components of personality. 4. Review the personality disorder literature that has developed in the last two decades for both the Rorschach and the NEO-PI-R. 5. Illustrate how combining the Rorschach and the NEO-PI-R can lead to assessments that are relevant in intervention planning and monitoring. Skill Level: Participants should have basic training and experience with the Rorschach Comprehensive System. sies will be discussed with particular emphasis on what impact they have for day-to-day use of these instruments within the specialty of forensic psychology. Goals and Objectives: 1. Review recent developments in the MMPI-2 and MCMI-III and the impact on admissibility issues. 2. Review the various controversies generated by these recent developments and their impact on use in forensic contexts. 3. Recognize the importance of the context of the evaluation and response style in interpreting a test profile. 4. Recognize the issues associated with using a computer generated test interpretation report in a forensic setting. Skill Level: This is a moderate to advanced skill level presentation.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

8:00 am - 11:30 am Half-Day, 3.5 CE Credits

Workshop #19 Bringing Rorschach Protocols to Life

Robert E. Erard, Ph.D. Psychological Institutes of Michigan, Franklin, MI Most Rorschach workshops focusing on clinical interpretation begin with brief case histories, followed by analysis of the structural summaries, occasionally with a little follow-up data added on. What is usually left out is a feel for what it is like to be with that person--how do these abstract notions about an individual's personality actually play out in his or her everyday life? In this workshop, we will do things exactly backwards. We will look at structural summaries that have been designed (by "reverse engineering") to highlight certain personality features and qualities in various combinations and then listen to "conversations" with people who seem to fit those summaries. The "conversations" will be drawn (with permission) from the archives of WireTap, a Canadian radio comedy featuring actors who are remarkably gifted at vividly portraying various kinds of character pathology. The workshop will strive to achieve an optimal balance of enlightenment and entertainment. Goals and Objectives: 1. Recognize and appreciate how key findings from Rorschach structural summaries can be used to develop a complex and integrated picture of personality. 2. Listen for indications of particular types of personality pathology in "live conversation." 3. Hone intuitions about how various abstract psychological constructs actually manifest in everyday life and how "reverse engineering" of Rorschach constructs can contribute to this awareness. Skill Level: Participants should be familiar with the elements of Rorschach CS interpretation and have a basic knowledge of character pathology.

Workshop #18 The Use of the MMPI-2 and MCMI-III in Forensic Practice: "What's All the Fighting About?"

James R. Flens, Ph.D. Brandon, FL This full day presentation will address the use of the MMPI-2 and the MCMI-III in forensic practice. Particular emphasis will will be placed on updates and changes in the MMPI-2 and MCMI-III, the impact on the use of these instruments in forensic practice, and issues associated with admissibility of these instruments by the Court [i.e., Daubert and Frye issues]. Several of the recent changes in the MMPI-2 and the MCMI-III have generated controversies and heated debate within the field of assessment psychology. These changes and controver12 / SPA Annual Meeting


Developing Tests and Methods of Personality Assessment Advancing the Science & Practice of Personality Assessment Promoting Ethical & Responsible Use of Personality Assessment

Master Lectures

Master Lecture I: John N. Briere, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, and Director of the Psychological Trauma Program at LAC-USC Medical Center. He is a past president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), and recipient of the Robert S. Laufer Memorial Award for Scientific Achievement from ISTSS. Designated as "Highly Cited Researcher" by the Institute for Scientific Information, he is author or co-author of over 70 articles, 20 chapters and encyclopedia entries, and 10 books in the areas of trauma, child abuse, and interpersonal violence. He has developed 8 psychological tests, including the Trauma Symptom Inventory (TSI), Detailed Assessment of Posttraumatic Stress (DAPS), Trauma Symptom Checklist for Children (TSCC), Trauma Symptom Checklist for Young Children (TSCYC), and the Inventory of Altered Self-Capacities (IASC), all of which are published by Psychological Assessment Resources. He presents workshops on trauma assessment and treatment nationally and internationally. His website is

The Assessment of Trauma-Related Symptomatology

Giving Personality Assessment Away

Master Lecture II: S. Philip Erdberg, Ph.D., is a diplomate in clinical psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology. Dr. Erdberg's longstanding interest is in using personality assessment to provide consultation for intervention. He is a past-president of the Society for Personality Assessment, the 1995 recipient of the Society's Distinguished Contribution Award, and the 2001 recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award of the Forensic Mental Health Association of California. Dr. Erdberg is a faculty member of the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis and. an assistant clinical professor at the University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine. He is a consultant for a variety of school, clinical, law enforcement, and correctional settings, and a frequent workshop presenter.

Scientific Sessions

On the following pages is a list of the presentations for the 2010 SPA Annual Meeting. Complete details on the symposia, paper sessions, case discussions, roundtables, and posters will appear in the 2010 Annual Meeting Program Book, available on the SPA website ( after January 1, 2010 and in the registration packet. At the discretion of the Program Chair, time constraints and/or space issues may affect the presentation of some of the abstracts listed. If you have any questions about these presentations, contact Paula J. Garber, Administrative Director at [email protected]

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Symposia, Roundtables

Attachment in Child Custody Evaluations: The Missing Piece in an Integrative Assessment, Marla B. Isaacs, Carol George, Robert E. Erard Clinical Interpretation of the Rorschach: Using the Comprehensive System and Content Analysis, Marshall L. Silverstein, Radhika Krishnamurthy, Jed A. Yalof, Constance T. Fischer Recent Advances in Clinical and Diagnostic Uses of the MCMIIII, Gina Rossi, Stephen N. Strack, Leen Bastiaansen, Mercedes de Weerdt, Aaron L. Pincus Introducing Key Features of the Rorschach Performance Assessment System, Gregory J. Meyer, Joni L. Mihura, Donald J. Viglione, Robert E. Erard, S. Philip Erdberg Forensic Psychological Evaluation in Immigration Court, F. Barton Evans, Uwe Jacobs, Marvin W. Acklin Clinimetrics: A Challenge for Personality Assessment, David S. Nichols, Piero Porcelli, David L. Streiner, Robert E. McGrath, Ronald J. Ganellen Cross-Informant Assessment: Concepts, Behavioral Science, and Applications, Marvin W. Acklin, Aaron L. Pincus, John E. Kurtz, Harald Janson Advances in Rorschach Performance Assessment: Part I, Gregory J. Meyer, Lucas de Francisco Carvalho, Ricardo Primi, Fabiano K. Miguel, Luciano Giromini Psychological Assessment in the Public Eye: Lessons from Wikipedia, Ronald J. Ganellen, Bruce L. Smith, Gregory J. Meyer, Irving B. Weiner, Robert E. Erard Multimethod Assessment of Psychological Impairment, Employability, and Disability, Saul Rosenberg, Alex Caldwell, S. Philip Erdberg Personality in Context of the DSM-V, Christopher J. Hopwood, Steven K. Huprich, Douglas B. Samuel, Aidan G.C. Wright, Robert F. Krueger, Mark A. Blais Forensic Assessment of Asylum Seekers: Torture, Complex Traumatization, and Culture, James D. Livingston, Marilee Ruebsamen, Jorge Wong Wither the Rorschach: Revolution, Evolution, or Status Quo? Bruce L. Smith, Anne Andronikof, S. Philip Erdberg, Irving B. Weiner, Gregory J. Meyer Integrating Attachment into Clinical Practice: Nuts and Bolts, Carol George, Adriana Lis, Colleen Gray, Linda Webster Contributions from Personality Assessment to the Development of Axis II in DSM-V, Steven K. Huprich, John M. Oldman, Robert F. Bornstein, Thomas Oltmanns, John F. Clarkin Further Explorations in Construct Drift in the RC Scales: The Example of RC8, David S. Nichols Investigating the MMPI-2 Psychopathic Personality (PSP) Scale, Kevin Bolinskey Exploratory Factor Analysis of the MMPI-2 Symptom Validity Scale, James B. Hoelzle, Paul A. Arbisi, Nathaniel W. Nelson, Gregory J. Meyer Is the Symptom Validity Scale (FBS) Biased Against Women? Tayla T.C. Lee, John R. Graham, Martin Sellbom, Roger Gervais The Effect of Administration Competence on the Rorschach Comprehensive System, Barry A. Ritzler, Anthony Sciara Using Rasch Analysis to Explore Rorschach Form Quality Ratings, Mark A. Blais, Gregory J. Meyer, Steven R. Smith Content Analysis of the Rorschach, Elizabeth J. Carroll, Robert E. McGrath A Review of Literature Regarding Scientific Controversies Surrounding the Psychometric Properties of the Rorschach Inkblot Test, Kevin N. Park The Rorschach Online: Clinical Implications of the Wikipedia Controversy, Douglas S. Schultz, James Loving Bored at SPA: The Problem with PowerPoint, Barry A. Ritzler The Integrated Report: Philosophy, Guidelines, and Teaching Strategies, Gary Groth-Marnat, Ari Davis Operationalizing the Best Interest of the Child Standard (BICS): Empirically-Validated Assessment Tools for Child Custody Evaluators, Marvin W. Acklin Therapeutic Assessment for Preadolescent Boys with Oppositional Defiant Disorder: A Replicated Single-Case Time-Series Design, Justin D. Smith, Leonard Handler, Michael R. Nash Therapeutic Assessment with Couples: An Exploratory Study, Jennifer Durham-Fowler Child and Parent Experiences of Neuropsychological Assessment as a Function of Child-Centered Feedback, Shea M. Pilgrim Patient and Assessor/Therapist Perceptions of Collaborative Assessment Sessions, Jessica A. Little, Mark A. Blais Comparing Therapeutic Assessment and Traditional Assessment with SMI Adults, Erin M. Farrer Utility and Complications Associated with the Bifurcation of Pathological Narcissism, Christopher R.D. Roberts, Steven K. Huprich, Thomas Schmitt, Andrew Luchner, Eamonn Arble Investigating Correlates of Normal and Pathological Narcissism, Michael J. Roche, Aaron L. Pincus, Mark R. Lukowitsky, David E. Conroy, Kim Menard The Interpersonal Impacts of Narcissism, Aidan G.C. Wright, Aaron L. Pincus, David E. Conroy

Paper Sessions

Order Effects in Within-Subjects Malingering Studies on the MMPI-2, Peter A. Weiss 14 / SPA Annual Meeting


Rorschach Characteristics of Traumatized Refugees of MultiInterpersonal Perception of Pathological Narcissism and Screening Ethnicity Entering Mental Health Treatment in Norway, Marianne Interpersonal Problems, Mark R. Lukowitsky, Aaron L. Pincus Opaas, Ellen Hartmann The Ability of the MMPI-2-RF to Identify Implausible PTSD Claims in Veteran Populations, Paul A. Arbisi, James B. Hoelzle, An Application of the Rorschach Comprehensive System (CS) to Psychoanalytic Conceptualization of Dissociative Disorders, Nathaniel W. Nelson, Thad Strom Ruth Zeligman Examining the Validity Indices of the MMPI-2 and MMPI-2-RF in Wartegg Test Childhood Abuse, Partner-Violence, and Defense Mechanisms in a Residential Addiction Treatment Sample, Reese Mayer, Tony Urban Women, John H. Porcerelli, Rosemary Cogan, Ray Kamoo R. Young Attempts to Simulate Good Mental Health on the MMPI-2 and the Rorschach, Ellen Hartmann Socially Desirable Responding on the NEO Personality Inventory-Revised (NEO-PI-R): Two Questions, Cole Napper, Tony R. Young, Frank Igou Examining Response Bias on the HEXACO Personality Inventory-Revised: Toward Validity Scales, Jeanette EdmondsEllis, Tony R. Young Structure of the Affect in Play Scale (APS) Among Italian Children Aged 6-10: A Confirmatory Factor-Analytic Study, Daphne Chessa, Elisa Del Vecchio, Adriana Lis Enhancing the Construct Validity of the Affect in Play Scale, Brief Rating (APS-BR): Pretend Play and Creativity, Emotion Regulation, and Executive Functioning, Jessica Dillon, Sandra Russ Validation of the Affect in Play Scale Preschool Brief Rating Version (APS-P-BR) in a Study Examining Pretend Aggression in Play, Aggressive Behavior, and Parenting Style, Karla Fehr, Sandra Russ Comparison between APS and APS-P in Italian School Age Children, Claudia Mazzeschi, Loredana Laghezza, Christina Marogna Special Considerations When Assessing Individuals of Mixed Race, Jonathan Schettino Assessing Korean-Americans, Dahyun Yi Working with Hispanic Individuals, Lauren Reba-Harrelson Spirits and Ghosts: Beliefs of Southeast Asian Islanders, Nancy Kaser-Boyd Considering the Impact of Perceived Ethnic Discrimination in Psychological Assessment, J. E. Taylor, Matthew R. Baity Anticipating the Assessment Results: "I Think I Might be Borderline," Diane H. Engelman Working with Referring Professionals to Optimize Impact: Challenges in Consultative Assessment, Erin Jacklin Tuning In and Selecting the Right Metaphors, Noriko Nakamura Therapeutic Assessment of an Adolescent Boy: Reflecting His New Story, Deborah Tharinger, Cynthia Austin, Lauren Krumholtz All Words are not Created Equal: Communicating Effectively in Therapeutic Assessment, J. B. Allyn Social Cognition and Object Relations Scale Ratings of TAT Narratives and the Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI), Michelle Stein Defense Mechanisms in Borderline, Schizotypal, Antisocial, and Narcissistic Personality Disorders, Michelle D. Presniak, J. Christopher Perry, Trevor R. Olson A Further Exploration of Diversity Issues in Personality Assessment, Steven R. Smith The Culture of SPA and SPAGS, Pilar Sumalpong, Steven R. Smith Effects of Cultural Adherence Level and Examiner Race on Personality Assessment Inventory and the Rorschach Inkblot Method Responding: Are Asian-Americans the "Model Examinees"? Jenss Chang, Mi Na Park, Whitney Ence, Summer Tawalbah Effect of Expected Examiner Ethnicity on Latino Participants' Response Patterns on PAI Validity Scales, Jenss Chang, Carlos M. Grilo, Steven R. Smith Hispanic Culture and Socially Desirable Responding, Christopher J. Hopwood, Katherine M. Thomas, Aaron Estrada, Susan Ambwani, Jenss Chang, Carlos M. Grilo What Tests are Acceptable and What Tests are Used: A Survey of Experts Regarding Personal Injury Evaluations, Stephen J. Lally, Robert H. Gordon Juvenile Transfer to Adult Court, the Kent Criteria, and Forensic Assessment: Disparities in Legal and Psychological Constructs, Lauren L. Farwell Adjudication and our Diverse Clients: Intersections of Multicultural Training and Forensic Assessment Practice, Lauren L. Farwell Is There a Place for Qualitative Interpretation of Rorschach Responses in Custody Evaluations?, Alissa Sherry, Brittney Linton A Validity Study of the MMPI-2-RF Personality Disorder Scales, Tony R. Young, Reese Mayer, Jeanette Ellis An Investigation of the Psychometric Validity and Theoretical Assumptions Used in the Development of Normative Data for the MMPI-2-RF, Amber Learn, Ronald Stolberg MMPI-2-RF Convergent and Discriminant Validity: Relationships with the MCMI-III and 16PF, John N. Roberts, Radhika Krishnamurthy

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Scoring Guidelines and Norms for Space Reversal (Sr) and Space Integration (Si) Rorschach, Nicolae Dumitrascu, Joni L. Mihura, Gregory J. Meyer External Test Correlates of the MMPI-2 and MMPI-2-RF: A Comparative Study, Tiffany L. Cummings, Lauren A. King, Radhika Krishnamurthy, Aaron R. Privett, Deborah O. Day Correlation of the MMPI-2-RF, MMPI-2, and External Criteria in a Puerto Rican Sample, Albarosa Alicea, Orlando Pedrosa, Joy Lynn Suarez An Integrated Assessment: "Give Me a Rorschach, Because I Don't Trust My Judgment," Sandra L. Horn, Joni L. Mihura, Gregory J. Meyer How Should We Score the Frequent Minus Responses of Faces on Card II and X? Joshua J. Eblin, Joni L. Mihura, Gregory J. Meyer, Donald J. Viglione, the Rorschach Research Council Rorschach Form Accuracy Ratings in Taiwanese and Chinese Samples: The Role of Rorschach Experience and Acculturation, Wen-So Su, Wei-Cheng Hsiao, Donald J. Viglione, Gregory J. Meyer Clarifying the Inquiry process: The Whys, Whens, and Hows, Elizabeth A. Koonce, Gregory J. Meyer, Joshua J. Eblin, Joni L. Mihura, Donald J. Viglione, the Rorschach Research Council Personality Dimensions Behind One Rorschach Index: A Study with the Rorschach Reality-Fantasy Scale (RFS) and the SWAP200, Piero Porcelli, Shira Tibon, Liat Appel, Vitorio Linguardi The Wartegg Index of Pathology (WIP), Alessandro Crisi Psychosis and Projective Techniques: The Content Analysis Through the Wartegg Drawing Completion Test in a Sample of 330 Psychiatric Clients, Alessandro Crisi, F. Testa, S. Maio, S. Carlesimo Main Characteristics of Work-Abused Clients Examined Through the Wartegg Test, Alessandro Crisi, L. Pastore Use of Scale K in Assessing Air Traffic Control Specialist Applicants with the MMPI-2, Raymond King, Clara Williams Psychological Interview Rating and Not Personality Measures Predict Selection for High Risk Military Assignment, James J. Picano, Robert Roland, John Via, Thomas Williams Personality Testing of Police Candidates: What's Being Used and Why, M. L. Dantzker Exploring the MMPI-2 L Scale Cutoff in Police Selection, William U. Weiss, Peter A. Weiss, Robert Davis, Cary Rostow Borderline Personality Traits and Disorder: Findings from the McLean Study of Adult Development, Christopher J. Hopwood, Mary C. Zanarini Self-Concept Differentiation and Personality Trait Perceptions Across Social Contexts, Amy Pastva Emotional Perception Factors and Personality Traits: A Correlation Study, Fabiano K. Miguel, Ricardo Primi Dependency Traits Relating to the Grief Trajectories of Conjugally Bereaved Adults, Christy A. Denckla Assessing Life Events in College: Validity of the Brief Adolescent 16 / SPA Annual Meeting Life Events Scale, Hal S. Shorey Testing the Pulse of Therapeutic Assessment in a Children's Hospital, Justin D. Smith, Stephen E. Finn, Nicole F. Swain, Leonard Handler The Impact of Collaborative Child Assessment during the Course of Psychotherapy: An Investigation of Parental Satisfaction, Alliance, and Stress, Katrina Schnoebelen, Kharisa Shaw, Jenss Chang, Steven R. Smith Family-Hospital Boundary as Context of Collaborative Assessment Intervention in Adolescent Psychiatry: A Case Study, Heikka Toivakka Crossing the Cultural Divide: Issues of Translation, Mistrust, and Co-collaboration in Therapeutic Assessment, Audrey Rosenberg Not Getting Lost in Translation, Angelica Almeida The Dice Game: Co-creation of Meaning, Heather MacDonald Rorschach Assessment of Aggression in Child and Adolescent Inpatients, Alison C. Baxter The Rorschach as a Predictor of Aggression in Adolescents, Brad T. Barcklay, Stephen J. Lally, Michael E. Barnes Rorschach Correlates of Violent Behavior: A Psychiatric Patient Sample, Maria-Fiorella Gazale, Giovanni Aresi, Erica Licini, Daniela Nicodemo The Reynolds Adolescent Depression Scale: A Summary of 25 Years of Research, William M. Reynolds A Validity Study of the Early Memory Index, John H. Porcerelli, Steven K. Huprich, Kenneth R. Silk, Naomi Lohr, Laura Richardson Further Validation of the Inventory of Interpersonal Strengths: Comparing Interpersonal Strengths, Capabilities, Efficacies, and Values, Daniel T. Rogers, Robert T. Hatcher Development and Validation of a New Empirically Based Rorschach Variable: The Rorschach Maturity Index, Michael L. Stanfill, Donald J. Viglione How to Assess Psychosocial Maturity with a Sentence Completion Test: Construction and Validation of a New Scoring Manual for Children and Adolescents, P. Michiel Westenberg, Jan Boom Risk Assessment in a Child Pornography Case: A Conservative Approach to Personality Assessment, Anita L. Boss A Comparative Evaluation of Sex Offender Recidivism Risk Measures, Jennifer M. Green, Radhika Krishnamurthy, Eric A. Imhof MMPI-2 and MMPI-2-RF Profile Comparison of Convicted Sex Offenders: A Follow-up, Bijou Stoc, Jessica Davis, Todd D. Pizitz, Joseph McCullaugh K Corrected versus Non-K Corrected MMPI-2 Profiles of Contact and Non-contact Adult Sexual Offenders, Michael L. Stanfill, Todd D. Pizitz Neuropsychology, Development, and Design of the Music Apperception Test, LeLand van den Daele Meditation, Zazen, and Music Apperception Test Performance, Garth Copenhaver


Case Studies with the Music Apperception Test, Denise Renye Appraisal of the Music Apperception Test, Donald J. Viglione Music as Language, Trisha A. Ready Tina Kooser's Dissertation on the EB: Exner's "Problem-Solving Style" Comes to Life, Constance T. Fischer Rorschach White Space Responses: More Than Opposition, Jessica Callanan First Semester Life-World Psychological Assessments, Jessie Goicoechea Reliability Comparisons of Proposed Scoring Criteria for Rorschach and Passive Movement, Patrick McElfresh Normative Considerations for a Sample of 80 Roman Catholic Priests in the United States, Gerard McGlone, Lorien J. Newsome, Donald J. Viglione MMPI-2-RF Profiles of Women with Eating Disorders in an Inpatient Setting, Katie Erreca, Ronald Stolberg, Amber Learn Measurement of Sensitization and Disinhibition in Substance Abusers, Noam M. Schneck, Robert E. McGrath Sensation Seeking and Aggressiveness Among Security Professionals, Joao P. Iliveira Suicide and Self-Harm Assessment Using the MMPI-2-RF, Tina L. Wolfe, Ronald Stolberg Neuropsychological Correlates of MMPI-2 Profiles Among OEF/ OIF Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury, Sara J. Walker, Robert J. Spencer, Lauren L. Drag, Linas Bieliauskas Personality Style Assessment in Patients with Chronic Pain, Lucas de Francisco Carvalho, Ricardo Primi Dysfunctional Personality Traits and Their Relationship to Outcome in Physical Therapy, Ashley N. Boys, Steven K. Huprich, Patrick Hoban, Wei-Cheng Hsiao, Ann Wilson Use of Projective Drawings to Assess Changes in Patients After One Year of Psychotherapy and to Differentiate Them from Patients Who Drop-out, Marvin Leibowitz Chronic Pain, Workers Compensation, and the New MMPI-2RF, Justin LaPilusa, Ronald Stolberg Personality and Psychopathy in a Noninstitutionalized Sample, Joao P. Oliveira Examining Differences in MMPI-2 Profiles of Hispanic/Latino Foster and/or Adoptive Parent Applicants, Raquel E. GuardadoSoto, Ronald Stolberg, Andrew Noorollah, Jessie Macaulay, Amy Blume-Marcovici, Aracely Arellano Personality Characteristics of Low SES Medical Patients with Various Types of Substance Abuse, Katherine M. Thomas, Christopher J. Hopwood, Bekh Bradley The Evaluation of Cross-cultural Equivalence of the MMPI-2RF: A Comparison Between Israeli and North American Normative Samples, Haim Shemer Linking MMPI-2 Restructured (RC) Scales to MCMI-III Axis I Scales, Ronald W. Partridge, Darwin Dorr, Blake Webster, Deidra Rendinell Examination of the Factor Structure of the PANAS, Gail A. Williams, Sara E. Lowmaster, Ana Ramirez-Cash, Marisol Perez Reliability, Convergent and Discriminant Validity of the Reynolds Depression Screening Inventory, William M. Reynolds An Investigation of an Alternative Rorschach Administration Method, Gregory Converse, Ryan J. Jordan, Donald J. Viglione, Gregory J. Meyer Computerized versus Paper and Pencil Administration of the Rorschach Inkblot Method: Preliminary Findings, Tonya Oliver, Donald J. Viglione, Rachna Kumar, Fernando Ortiz


MMPI-2 Profiles of Stalking and Domestic Violence Perpetrators: Are These Offenders that Different?, Todd D. Pizitz, Michael L. Stanfill, Ronald Stolberg The Effects of Underreporting Alcohol Problems on the Personality Assessment Inventory in Law Enforcement Applicants, Sara E. Lowmaster, Leslie C. Morey Relating TAT Affective Scale Scores to Marital Satisfaction Over Time, Monica Johnson, Sharon Rae Jenkins The Model Minority Myth: The Relationshhip Between Asian Americans Subjective Overachievement, Psychological Distress and Attitudes Towards Help Seeking, Arpana Gupta Measuring Love and Hate in Marital Relationships--A CrossInformant Approach, Joshua Dwire, Marvin W. Acklin Comparing the Stability of Personality Traits and Coping Styles Across Social Contexts, Amanda M. Sizemore, John E. Kurtz MMPI-2 Profiles of Surrogate Mothers, Todd D. Pizitz, Michael L. Stanfill, Ronald Stolberg Self-Efficacy, Object Representations, and Health Behavior Among African American Women, Lavonda Mickens, John H. Porcerelli, Cheryl Munday, V. Barry Dauphin Psychopathological Predictors of Maturity Among College Students, Catherine A. Sanders, Rebecca DeMoor, John E. Kurtz The Utility of the PAI in the Prediction of Behavior for Offenders Sentenced to Community Supervision, Nora E. Charles, Sara E. Lowmaster, Leslie C. Morey Describing Emotional, Social, and Cognitive Processes in Adolescents with and without Psychopathic Traits: Examining Rorschach Variables, Vanessa R. Talkington, Tammy Hughes An Adolescent at Risk of Psychotic Breakdown, Chiara Marabelli, Roberta Vitali, Maria-Fiorella Gazale The Use of the MCMI-III in Predicting Job Retention, A. Jordan Wright, Lauren Fisher MMPI-2 Profiles of Male Stalkers, Todd D. Pizitz, Jerry Kropp An Examination of the Relationship Between Personality Traits and Criminal Thinking Styles in a Former Substance Abuse Population, Erika K. Widera

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Optimizing the Range of R: A New Method for Rorschach Administration, Jenny Evans, Devon MacDermott, Donald J. Viglione, Gregory J. Meyer Construct and Convergent Validity for Two Measures of Borderline Personality Disorder, Gregory S. Pouliot, Steven K. Huprich, Reino Bruner The Development and Application of a Rorschach Child Correction Factor, Kirstin G. Filizetti, Jessica Davis, Donald J. Viglione, Gregory J. Meyer Self-report and Indirect Measures: An Examination of Discrepancies and Future Directions, Alex Cogswell A Comparison of a Non-patient Sample of CS Rorschach Protocols to Exner's and International Norms, Joseph M. McCullaugh, Donald J. Viglione An Extended Validation of the Miller FFM Count Technique: The Utility of Different SIFFM Facet Counts in the Assessment of Personality Disorders, Leen Bastiaansen, Gina Rossi, Filip De Fruyt The Interpersonal Validity of the Brief Version of the Schizotypal Personality Questionnaire, David P. Marino, Rebecca M. DeMoor, John E. Kurtz Less is More: The Validity of the 5-Item Restraint Scale, Suman Ambwani, Christopher J. Hopwood, Jennifer Chmielewski Group-Level Hope: Validity and Predictive Utility of a New Measure, Zoe Adams-Deutsch, Adam J. Hiller, Hal S. Shorey, Robin O. Timme Reported Coping Styles Associated with the MMPI-2-RF's Inefficiency Scale (NFC), Janet V. Smith, Sean Lauderdale, Vanashree Vaze Testing the Role of Five-Factor Neuroticism and Object Relations as Predictors of Current Negative Mood, Gregory S. Pouliot, Steven K. Huprich, Deron Wirt, Reino Bruner Relationship Between Early Memory Index Factor Scores and Social Adjustment, Laura A. Richardson, John H. Porcerelli, Steven K. Huprich, Kenneth R. Silk, Naomi Lohr Clinical Aspects of the Neuropsychological Assessment Process, Kaila R. Norman, Pilar Sumalpong Examining Feedback Practices of Clinical Neuropsychologists, Carly Roukos, Steven R. Smith Personality and Music Preferences, Joao P. Oliveira Links Between Sensation Seeking and Music Preferences, Joao P. Oliveira Weighing the Evidence: Accuracy of Self-reported Body Weight, Jennifer Chmielewski, Angela Guy, Alyssa Compeau, Sandra Buck, Suman Ambwani What is Dietary Restraint? Suman Ambwani, Christopher J. Hopwood, Alyssa Compeau Differential Associations of Oral Dependent and Hostile Dependent Rorschach Imagery to Relationship Profile Test Scores in Women and Men: Implications for Healthy Dependency, Nikaya Becker-Matero, Alexandra M. Rosen, Robert F. Bornstein A First Schizophrenic and a Control Sample Tested with the Rorschach Performance Assessment System, Raeanne C. Moore, Donald J. Viglione, Brent Mausbach Fear of Mortal Danger: Exploring the Relationship Between Morbid Content on the Rorschach and Annihilation Anxiety, Kara K. Levin The Ability of Borderline and Antisocial Personality Disorders to Predict Schizotypal Personality Disorder, Rebecca M. DeMoor, David P. Marino Object Relations Uniquely Predicts Borderline PersonalityDisorder Symptoms over Emotional Dysregulation, Impulsivity, and Negative Affect, Andrea B. Kiss, Steven K. Huprich, Chelsea D. Cawood, Wei-Cheng Hsiao The Convergence of Implicit and Explicit Measures of Aggression, Sara E. Lowmaster, Gail Williams, Chris M. Berry, Leslie C. Morey The "Red Herring Item" in Self-report Personality Measures: Detecting Indiscriminant Responding in College Student Samples, Adam J. Hillner, Zoe Adams-Deutsch, Hal S. Shorey Detecting Feigned PTSD with the Personality Assessment Inventory, Matthew Orlando, Christopher J. Hopwood, Meghan E. McDevitt-Murphy, Frank W. Weathers Ability of Simulators to Successfully Overreport Symptoms: Are All Feigning Scenarios Created Equally?, Danielle L. Burchett, Lesley A. Hiebing, John R. Graham, Tayla T.C. Lee Using Probability Scores to Distinguish Malingering Using the Inventory of Problems, Joseph M. McCullaugh, Donald J. Viglione, Gregory Logid, Iva Houston, Jessie Macaulay, Amy Blume-Marcovici, Aracely Arellano Relationship of MMPI-2 Restructured Format (RF) Higher Order Scales to MCMI-III Axis I Scales, Blake Webster, Ronald W. Partridge, Darwin Dorr, Don Morgan Furthering Understanding of the MMPI-2 Restructured Cynicism Scale, Blake Webster, Don Morgan, Angela Burgess, Susanna Ciccolari-Micaldi Implications of Neuropsychological Functioning in the Assessment and Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. Ana L. Mills, Pamela Dengrove Use of the MMPI-2 in Medical Settings: Cancer, Eric Frank P. Cepeda Use of the MMPI-2 in Medical Settings: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Emphysema, Sarah E. Moseman Use of the MMPI-2 in Medical Settings: Multiple Sclerosis, Rachel Anne Reed

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The Bruno Klopfer Award is given for outstanding, long-term professional contribution to the field of personality assessment. Thursday, March 25, 2008, 3:00 pm

Bruno Klopfer Award

The Marguerite R. Hertz Memorial is a tribute to Dr. Hertz for her long-term professional contributions to personality assessment, and is presented by the Society each year in honor of a deceased eminence from the field of personality assessment. This year's honoree is Jane Loevinger, Ph.D. Jane Loevinger was told to forget graduate school and to get married because no one would hire a Jewish woman. Eventually she married a chemist, Sam Weissman, who, after a stint at Los Alamos, worked at Washington University in St. Louis for his entire career. She raised two children who became professors, and had two grandchildren. She had to continue to overcome substantial persistent obstacles to pursue her career as a woman in St. Louis. She challenged fundamental concepts in various fields. For example, she challenged the understanding of validity in psychometrics ("Objective test as instruments of psychological theory," 1957) and she sharply criticized some of the empty verbalisms that psychoanalysis treated on the same footing as its genuine insights. Most importantly, in constructing her own theory of character development, she let data guide her own insight. Her wit, both written and oral, was legendary. In this celebration we recount some of that, and also her lesser-known soft side. Her family and former students will relate personal accounts and welcome stories from her long-time friends in the Society.Thursday, March 25, 2010, 5:30 pm

Roger L. Greene, Ph.D.

Marguerite R. Hertz Memorial

Jane Loevinger, Ph.D.

The Samuel J. And Anne G. Beck Award is given for outstanding early career research in the field of personality assessment. The award is presented in conjunction with the University of Chicago at the Annual Meeting. This year's recipient will be given his award during the Friday night reception. Friday, March 26, 2010, 6:00 pm

Samuel J. and Anne G. Beck Award

The Walter Klopfer Award is given for distinguished contribution to the literature in personality assessment. A review committee chaired by the Journal editor selects the outstanding article in the previous year's Journal of Personality Assessment. Friday, March 26, 2010, 6:00 pm

Matthew Baity, Ph.D.

The Martin Mayman Award is presented for distinguished contribution to the literature of personality assessment for an outstanding case study, qualitative research paper, or theoretical development published in the previous year's Journal of Personality Assessment and selected by a review committee chaired by the Journal editor. Friday, March 26, 2010, 6:00 pm

Mary Cerney Award

The Mary S. Cerney Student Award is awarded to the best personality assessment research paper by a graduate student. Friday, March 26, 2010, 6:00 pm

Aidan G.C. Wright, Ph.D.



The Board of Trustees looks forward to welcoming you to the Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality Assessment in San Jose, CA. Please take the time to read these materials carefully. If you have any questions, check the SPA web site at, email Paula J. Garber, Administrative Director, at [email protected], or email the Program Chair, Radhika Krishnamurthy at [email protected]


Participant conference registration includes conference materials; coffee breaks; the President's Welcome Reception on Thursday evening, the Awards Reception on Friday evening, and the Closing Reception on Saturday evening; entry to all scientific sessions, the master lectures, poster sessions; and a collegial atmosphere to meet and interact with colleagues from around the world (typically eight or more countries) who are interested in personality assessment research and practice. Conference registration can be completed by accessing an online registration form through our web page ( To ensure your participation, please register early and take advantage of the advance registration fee. All participants are asked to complete the conference registration form and/or workshop registration form (All presenters, workshop leaders, and award winners are asked to complete the conference registration form). In order to take advantage of the Advanced Registration Fee, your completed forms must be received online no later than February 24, 2010. After February 24, the online form will reflect the on-site registration fee. All persons who register for the conference will receive a Program Book in their registration packet with complete details of the meeting and locations of the offerings. The draft Program book will be available on our web page ( for review after January 1, 2010. If you have pre-registered, the registration packets will be in boxes at the registration site. The packets are arranged alphabeticallty. Simply find the packet with your name, pull the packet, and you are registered. If you have not pre-registered, please see the registrar, Monica Tune. Non-members are encouraged to join SPA and take advantage of the member registration fee. A membership application is available online at

Registration Fees


Member/Fellow/Associate Non-Member Member/One-Day Fee Non-Member/One-Day Fee Student Student/One-Day Student Volunteer Student Luncheon Irving Weiner Dinner By 2/24/10 After 2/24/10 $215.00 $285.00 $145.00 $165.00 $75.00 $50.00 $50.00 $10.00 $48.00 $265.00 $335.00 $145.00 $165.00 $90.00 $50.00 $50.00 $10.00 $48.00

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations will be accepted for the Annual Meeting and/or a workshop, less a $75 administrative fee, until February 24, 2010. After that date no refunds will be granted.

Meeting Space

Meeting rooms are set to the maximum allowed by the fire codes. If there are no more chairs in the room, it means the room is at capacity, and you should choose another session to attend. Workshop rooms are set for the number of persons that have registered and paid for the workshop. Please do not participate in a workshop if you have not registered and paid. If you bring a laptop to a scientific session or a workshop, make sure it can run on a battery. Meeting rooms in most hotels are equipped with a small number of electrical outlets.

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Continuing Education

The Society for Personality Assessment will present 8 full-day and 11 half-day workshops. SPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists, and SPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Full-day workshops offer 7 CE credits and half-day workshops offer 3.5 credits. CE credits will also be available, at no extra charge, for the Bruno Klopfer award presentation, the Master Lectures, the Hertz Memorial, and for 18 symposia and/or case discussions. A detailed listing will appear in the Annual Meeting Program Book available in your registration packet. Grievances about any of the CE offerings may be addressed in writing to SPA.


Workshops will be held on Wednesday, March 24, Thursday morning, March 25, and Sunday, March 28, 2010. No workshops are held on Friday, March 26, or Saturday, March 27, 2010. Enrollment in the workshops will be filled on the basis of completed workshop registration forms and fees received. Continuing education credits will be awarded to all in attendance for the entire workshop. See workshop descriptions on pages 6-12 of this brochure. Registration for the workshops can be completed online through the SPA web site at You may register for a workshop(s) without attending the Annual Meeting.

Workshop Fees

Member or Conference Registrant Non-Member Non-Conf Registrant Student

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 8:00 am-4:00 pm #1 (Full-Day) 8:00 am-4:00 pm #2 (Full-Day) 8:00 am-4:00 pm #3 (Full-Day) 8:00 am-4:00 pm #4 (Full-Day) 8:00 am-11:30 am #5 (Half-Day) 8:00 am-11:30 am #6 (Half-Day) 1:00 pm-4:30 pm #7 (Half-Day) 1:00 pm-4:30 pm #8 (Half-Day) 5:00 pm-8:30 pm #9 (Half-Day)

$175 $175 $175 $175 $105 $105 $105 $105 $105

$225 $225 $225 $225 $140 $140 $140 $140 $140

$90 $90 $90 $90 $50 $50 $50 $50 $50

Thursday, March 25, 2010 8:00 8:00 8:00 8:00 8:00 am-11:30 am-11:30 am-11:30 am-11:30 am-11:30 am am am am am #10 #11 #12 #13 #14 (Half-Day) (Half-Day) (Half-Day) (Half-Day) (Half-Day) $105 $105 $105 $105 $105 $140 $140 $140 $140 $140 $50 $50 $50 $50 $50

Sunday, March 28, 2010 8:00 8:00 8:00 8:00 8:00 am-4:00 pm am-4:00 pm am-4:00 pm am-4:00 pm am-11:30 am #15 #16 #17 #18 #19 (Full-Day) (Full-Day) (Full-Day) (Full-Day) (Half-Day) $175 $175 $175 $175 $105 $225 $225 $225 $225 $140 $90 $90 $90 $90 $50

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Hotel Reservations

The Fairmont Hotel blends historic grandeur with all the high-tech excitement of Silicon Valley. To learn more: Hotel reservations must be made directly with the hotel. To get the special conference rate, please inform the hotel that you are with the Society for Personality Assessment (SPA). Reservation deadline to receive the conference rate: March 1, 2010 The Fairmont 170 S. Market Street San Jose, CA 95113 Tel: 408-998-1900 Fax: 408-287-1648 Reservations: 800-346-5550 Online Reservations: Group Code #MM0308 Room Block Dates: March 22-29, 2010 Single Room: $149 per night Double Room: $159 per night Additional Person: $25 per night

(no charge for children up to 18 sharing with parent)


$5 for the first half-hour, $1.50 each additional twenty minutes, with a maximum of $26. For overnight parking, the fee is $26. Free `Green' parking for overnight guests who drive hybrid vehicles.

Fairmont President's Club: This exclusive guest recognition program offers special benefits designed to reflect your individual travel preferences and offer an enhanced level of service. Membership is complimentary and your experience begins the moment you arrive at any of our properties with express check-in at our private reception desk and continues during your stay with complimentary high-speed Internet access, free local calls, complimentary health club access, complimentary use of TalyorMade golf clubs, and use of Fairmont Fit. Sign up online at sanjose. SPA realizes that you have a number of options when securing your accommodations for the SPA Annual Meeting. We would like you to know that, in order to secure a reasonable room rate, SPA has made a financial commitment to The Fairmont. If the block is not filled, there are financial implications for SPA, and it will affect our ability to negotiate room rates for future meetings. Also, to keep our financial liability minimal, we do not reserve an unusually large block of rooms. Consequently, the rooms in the block may be taken early. If so, the hotel has no obligation to honor the low room rate for additional rooms, although they will try to accommodate your needs.


Norman Y. Mineta International Airport is located three miles (5km) from the hotel. Taxis to and from Norman Y. Mineta International Airport cost approximately $20 to $25. For driving directions: sanjose/MapAndDirections.htm


The Fairmont provides options for everyone: Fairmont Express Cafe, Fountain Restaurant, Pagoda Restaurant and Bamboo Lounge, The Grill on the Alley, The Lobby Lounge, Cafe Stretto, and McCormick and Schmick's. There are also 105 restaurants within a fiveblock radius of the hotel, from fine dining to Johnny Rocket's!

Discover San Jose, CA

About a 45-minute drive south of San Francisco and an hour northeast of Monterey, the capitol of Silicon Valley is edged by oak-dotted hills and set in a wide valley that was once blanketed with orchards. Basking in the sun (300 days of sunshine annually with average temperature of 70 degrees), it's both clean and safe--for six years in a row San Jose was crowned the nation's safest big city. San Jose's amazing diversity is mirrored in the many flavors of its shops, restaurants, and festivals. For information on San Jose visit:

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As has been the tradition, SPA solicits the help of student volunteers to monitor the continuing education sessions (workshops, scientific sessions, and master lectures) throughout the Annual Meeting. This task is integral to the continuing education portion of the conference, and we need two volunteers per CE session. This year SPA is sponsoring 19 workshops, 18 symposia/ case discussions, two Master Lectures, and two award presentations, so approximately 75 volunteers is vital. Student volunteers may attend the workshop they are monitoring at no cost; and those students who volunteer to monitor a CE scientific session, an Award session, or a Master Lecture held during the Annual Meeting can register at a reduced rate of $50. Contact Paula J. Garber at [email protected]

Student Lunch

SPA will sponsor a lunch for students to have an opportunity to interact with Leonard Handler. There will be a nominal fee of $10.00 for the lunch. Register for the lunch on the registration form. Saturday, March 27, 12:15 pm

Poster Sessions

At the 2010 SPA Annual Meeting we once again will be judging the posters that have been accepted for the presentation. Each poster session will be judged separately. A first place and two honorable mentions will be awarded during each poster session. Thursday, March 25, 6:45 pm and Saturday, March 27, 6:00 pm

SPAGS Social Student Travel Grants

In an effort to encourage training of students and promote research and writing on personality assessment, SPA offers grants to students who are presenting at the Annual Meeting. Awards are available for amounts up to $200 to help defray costs of travel to and from the Annual Meeting. Due to limited funds, not all applicants receive a travel grant. Also, many of the grants are small, so students should not expect full reimbursement for their travel.

Eligibility: Students applying for grants must be the first author on a paper or poster already accepted for presentation at the SPA Annual Meeting, and must be a student affiliate of the Society. Priority will be given to students for whom other travel funding (e.g. from their academic department) is not available. Application Process: Applications are available on our web page under the conference tab. Students are to complete the application and return it to the SPA office no later than February 15, 2010. A faculty member at the student's institution and a Member or Fellow of SPA must sponsor all applications. Award Process: Students will be notified as soon as possible after the application deadline whether they will receive a travel grant and in what amount. Checks will be distributed at the 2009 Annual Meeting; please check in at the conference registration desk. The SPAGS officers would like to invite you to join us at the 4th-Annual SPAGS Social at the Annual Meeting in San Jose! Come for a chance to meet other students with similar interests in personality assessment. All graduate and undergraduate students are welcome. The location is still to be determined, but it will be near the hotel at a place where food and drinks can be ordered. Look for more details at the conference. We hope to see you there! Thursday, March 25, 2010

Silent Auction

As is SPA's tradition, a Silent Auction will be held and again we are asking members to donate "large ticket" items if at all possible; i.e., a week and/or weekend at your vacation home; a gourmet dinner for four prepared by a member; season passes to a family theme park; theater or movie passes; art work; photography; electronics; gift certificates for hotels, stores, restaurants; jewelry, etc. Think BIG, and give generously! Contact SPA if you have items or services you wish to donate to the Silent Auction, which benefits the Student Travel Grants. Winners will be announced during the reception on Friday evening. Friday, March 26, 6:00 pm

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Scientific Session Tracks

Please note on the program schedule (pages 4 and 5) initials placed after certain scientific sessions. These initials indicate that the session belongs to a certain track: FO = Forensic Assessment CT = Collaborative/Therapeutic Assessment

Consultation Sessions

Collaborative/Therapeutic Assessment Consultation Constance T. Fischer, Thursday, March 25, 1:00 pm Forensic Consultation Session J. Reid Meloy, Thursday, March 25, 1:00 pm Psychodynamic Case Consultation Marshall L. Silverstein, Thursday, March 25, 1:00 pm ABAP Diplomate Consultation Session Irving B. Weiner, Thursday, March 25, 1:00 pm Assessment Ethics Consultation Robert E. Erard Saturday, March 27, 12:15 pm

Lunchtime Specials

Doing Effective Oral and Written Presentations Bored at SPA: The Problem with PowerPoint, Barry Ritzler The Integrated Report: Philosophy, Guidelines, and Teaching Strategies,Gary Groth-Marnat Friday, March 26, 12:00 noon Operationalizing the BICS Marvin W. Acklin, Friday, March 26, 12:00 noon

International Committee

The International Committee will offer a progress report on Board efforts to address the concerns of SPA members living outside the United States. These include the creation of listserves for discussion of various assessment interests, including international, and the availability for the first time of web video/audio podcasts of certain Annual Meeting events. At this meeting, attendees will also be invited to define specific and realistic ways in which SPA might meet their research and publication needs better. The aim will be to formulate a proposal to submit to the Board. Friday, March 26, 12:00 noon

Dinner Honoring Irving B. Weiner

A special dinner event will honor our friend and mentor, Irv Weiner. An SPA Past President (twice!) and lifelong champion of personality assessment, the fruits of Irv's scholarship are well known. Less well known but at least as important has been the personal qualities of devotion and persistence Irv has brought to our Society and to the science and practice of personality assessment at large through his teaching and service. Through all of these means and more, Irv has been nothing less than our impresario: informing, campaigning, cajoling, sweating, and attracting on behalf of our field for four decades and counting. Please join us in celebrating our esteemed friend and colleague. Register for the dinner on the registration form. Friday, March 26, 2010, 7:30 pm

Book Signing

SPA members attending the conference who have had a book published recently are invited to participate. This is an opportunity for our SPA community to become more familiar with your work. You are asked to sit at a table with your books and be available for conversation. You will be responsible for all financial transactions. We ask you to donate one book to the Silent Auction. Please contact Paula J. Garber, Administrative Director, at [email protected] if you are interested in participating. Thursday, March 25, 6:45 pm

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SPA Interest Groups

SPA members have expressed an interest in continuing to have an opportunity to interact with other members who are engaged in personality assessment in similar venues. As we did in 2010, we promote interest groups in forensic psychology,collaborative/therapeutic assessment, assessment research, and psychoanalytic assessment. Assessment Research Co-Chairs: John E. Kurtz, Robert E. McGrath Friday March 26, 2009, 12:00 noon Collaborative/Therapeutic Assessment Co-Chairs: Stephen E. Finn, Leonard Handler Friday March 26, 2009, 12:00 noon Forensic Psychology Co-Chairs: Marvin Acklin, Nancy Kaser-Boyd Saturday, March 27, 2009, 12:15 pm Psychoanalytic Assessment Co-Chairs: Charles Peterson, Jed A. Yalof Saturday, March 27, 2009, 12:15 pm During each session, participants can consider whether a permanent interest group should be established in that area and what the needs and contributions of the group might be. For example, assessors working in assessment research might consider whether a greater array of assessment research topics should be featured during the annual meeting and whether the interest group might make a contribution to this need by submitting proposals in this area. From this lunch session, the SPA Board hopes to obtain information and recommendations that will inform planning for future SPA activities. The participants will have the opportunity to exchange e-mail addresses from which listserves may be created and enable conversation throughout the year.


SPA is promoting an employment fair again in 2010. If your agency, university, or organization has a position open and you would like an opportunity to be contacted by potential applicants, SPA will provide that opportunity during its March 24-28, 2010, Annual Meeting in San Jose, CA. Employers: go to; click on the Annual Meeting tab; click on the Employer Job Listing link; complete the form; hit submit. Your information will be duplicated by the SPA staff. The copies will be placed in a notebook for all potential applicants to review and take a copy if they are interested in contacting you. Potential Applicants: come by the registration desk at the 2010 Annual Meeting and ask for the employment fair notebook. You can review the information on potential positions, take a copy of any position in which you are interested, and contact the employer.

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