Incoming PATS lab members!

I’m thrilled to have Megan (left) and Bryce (right) joining the PATS lab here at Texas Tech this fall. Megan is interested in assessment of psychopathology and will be focusing on projects related to the PAI and MMPI, and the implementation of contemporary models of diagnoses. Bryce’s passions revolve around military and veteran mental healthContinue reading “Incoming PATS lab members!”

Congrats to Nicole Morris: A research grant story

The Texas Tech Department of Psychological Sciences hosted the first of its now annual, competitive grant program and each proposal underwent an NIH-style panel review. Each proposal was judged on its feasibility, significance, innovation, and methodological approach. With a strong pool of applications, the department was unable to fund all such proposals. Nicole (@NicoleLemaste10 onContinue reading “Congrats to Nicole Morris: A research grant story”

Examining admission and formation outcomes for Catholic clergy applicants with the MMPI-2-RF: A Prospective Study

I’m thrilled to have a paper with Anthony Isacco and TTU’s newest faculty member Nick Borgogna accepted for publication in Psychological Assessment. We utilized a sample of catholic clergy who underwent a psychological evaluation to predict if those individuals were ultimately admitted by the Catholic Church to the formation training program, and if they completedContinue reading “Examining admission and formation outcomes for Catholic clergy applicants with the MMPI-2-RF: A Prospective Study”

New Paper: Treatment outcomes in a residential substance use sample

I’m thrilled to have gotten the e-mail from Nicole Morris this morning letting me know that our paper was accepted into Addictive Behaviors. The study uses a large, multi-site sample of individuals receiving residential substance use treatment and asks if the CES-D (a common depressive measure) is useful for predicting treatment outcomes. The results areContinue reading “New Paper: Treatment outcomes in a residential substance use sample”

Applying for graduate school?

Applying to graduate school can be super confusing and stressful. I wanted to try and give some insight into what you can do along the way to maximize your potential for admission into a psychology doctoral program, and how I (and many others) view applications and the process in general. There is a lot moreContinue reading “Applying for graduate school?”

Doing neuropsychology evaluations with the PAI? The CBS scale is an effective validity scale for military populations

Although the PAI is similarly trained and used as the MMPI (Wright et al., 2017; Ingram et al., 2020), it’s validity scales don’t have the same level of study or rate of detection for invalid responding within military populations (see Brittney’s thesis as an example). In fact, even when new validity scales are developed theyContinue reading “Doing neuropsychology evaluations with the PAI? The CBS scale is an effective validity scale for military populations”

Brittney defended her thesis: MMPI-2-RF and the PAI in differentiating PTSD and Depressive Disorders

Brittney did absolutely awesome yesterday and defended her thesis. There is too much to say about this project and I’m thrilled about how it went, and how┬áit turned out. We’re starting to transform the project into papers next and anticipate the products Brittney writes as being very useful additions to the literature surrounding differential diagnosisContinue reading “Brittney defended her thesis: MMPI-2-RF and the PAI in differentiating PTSD and Depressive Disorders”

Training in Assessment: Current State and Future Directions

About a year and a half ago I launched (and subsequently published) a pilot project with Drs. Adam Schmidt and Matt Cribbet to look at some trends in training for psychological assessment by asking trainees themselves about their experiences. This week, the first paper from the large scale study that followed-up on that pilot basedContinue reading “Training in Assessment: Current State and Future Directions”