2022 AACN: The Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI) and TBI in active duty service members

This is another great project on personality assessment in active duty military personnel who underwent a neuropsych evaluation with Pat Armistead-Jehle. Also, the work of Tristan (Picture above; lab postbac) and Sarah McCracken (check the lab members webpage) were fantastic. I’ll summarize our work / findings. Previous research on the PAI has examined response patternsContinue reading “2022 AACN: The Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI) and TBI in active duty service members”

HiTop and the PAI: 2022 APS Presentations

I’m excited to head to my first APS conference to present some recent work by Sarah Hirsch and Megan Keen on the Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI) and efforts to map HiTop onto this instrument. We focused on military populations and used an EFA/CFA approach on distinct samples but examine how (and how well) these effortsContinue reading “HiTop and the PAI: 2022 APS Presentations”

Interpretation of Positive Depression Screening on the PHQ

The PHQ-2/9 is one of, if not the most, used screening measure for depression. It is implemented in a standardized manner into treatment outcome research and patient-based care initiatives. However, interpreting what scores represent amongst the broad spectrum of internalizing spectrum of pathology is critical. Despite items representing ‘depression’ criteria (A1-A9; DSM-5), these experiences areContinue reading “Interpretation of Positive Depression Screening on the PHQ”

Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI) Over-reporting Scale Effectiveness

Nicole did some excellent work to build on the limited literature on PAI validity scales, evaluating their effectiveness in a military sample evaluated within a neuropsychology clinic. We used performance validity (PVT; MSVT, NVMSVT) to compare group differences. Limited work has been done prior to now on some of the PAI validity scales (see McCredieContinue reading “Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI) Over-reporting Scale Effectiveness”

Undergraduate Research: MMPI-3 scales are similar in-person and virtual

One of my fantastic undergraduates conducted a study using existing MMPI-3 study data (Morris et al., 2021; Reeves et al., 2022) to compare the effectiveness of the over-reporting scales across in person and virtual administrations. Given the guidelines put out about telehealth assessment (Corey & Ben-Porath, 2020) and the expanding research on general comparative effectsContinue reading “Undergraduate Research: MMPI-3 scales are similar in-person and virtual”

Webinar on Internship: Get the Materials here!

Today (in about 30 minutes from my writing this) I’m going to be presenting to Division 12 (Clinical Psychology)’s section for Students and Early Career Professions (formally called Section Ten). I’m super excited to help demystify the internship process and help applicants maximize their success and desired career trajectories. I also want to make sureContinue reading “Webinar on Internship: Get the Materials here!”

Assessment competency: What is it, who has it, and how do we move the needle for masters level providers in psych science?

Over the last few years I’ve started to delve into competency research, particularly around psychological assessment. In brief, research over the last two decades has clearly detailed that students do not have a sufficient amount of training in psychological assessment to effectively and efficiently conduct the higher-order conceptual tasks associated with diagnosis and behavior predictionContinue reading “Assessment competency: What is it, who has it, and how do we move the needle for masters level providers in psych science?”

Clinical Judgement in Suicide Assessment: Using outpatient Veteran intakes to test the viability of high impact decision making

Suicide is a low frequency, high impact behavior. By extension, assessment of suicide is a critical component to effective mental health intervention. Research on suicide has expanded (see Bryan’s [2021] Rethinking Suicide: Why Prevention Fails, and how We Can Do Better, for instance) to suggest that future prediction of risk is also more complicated thatContinue reading “Clinical Judgement in Suicide Assessment: Using outpatient Veteran intakes to test the viability of high impact decision making”