APA Reflections

This was a great conference and a lot of ideas are still stirring around in my head from the conversations I had over the last several days. I tried to share some thoughts on twitter (@IngramPsychLab) as I went, but I think the biggest take away is the importance of moving stigma research beyond correlations with attitudes about intention to seek.

Promoting engagement in psychotherapy needs to expand to behavioral correlates for us to understand the role stigma plays. It also became really clear to me that stigma should be couched as a health disparity barrier and that research on behaviors associated with self-stigma should also expand to encapsulate health psychology and the preventable impacts that it has.  This is a very real, very evident, and very serious impact of stigma and the more we do to bring this component of it to the forefront of stigma research the more attention I hope we can generate on changing the culture around mental illness. There were lots of exciting conversations that happened surrounding next-steps for this at the conference – stay tuned!


The 2017 APA conference is less than a month away and getting excited for the annual trip, this time to Washington D.C. Want to talk? Come see work posters of Dr. Ingram is part of at the conference center! Poster locations are in parentheses.


11:00-11:50       Self-stigma, gender role conflict, and help seeking (F-24)

12:00-12:50       The Role of Hope and Stigma in Treatment Seeking (E-14)

12:00-12:50       Structural evaluation of RIASEC assessment methods (E-21)


9:00-9:50           Readiness to Change As a Treatment for Stigma (A-27)

Lab research receives AACN Award

I’m thrilled to have my meta-analysis of the MMPI-2-Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF) recognized as runner-up for the best manuscript of the year by the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN) in their 2016 student research competition. The article was published last year in the academy’s flagship journal.

Ingram, P.B., & Ternes, M. (2016). The detection of content-based invalid responding: A meta-analysis of the MMPI-2-Restructured Form’s (MMPI-2-RF) over-reporting scales. The Clinical Neuropsychology, 30, 473-496. doi: 10.1080/13854046.2016.1187769

This paper was not only the first meta-analysis of the MMPI-2-RF validity scales but also provided an analysis of some important moderators deferentially impacting the detection of feigning across the over-reporting scales. Findings highlight the importance of considering context, client, and evaluation-specific information in making clinical interpretations. There are lots of exciting ways I will be building on this moving forward; I’ll be examining interactions between moderators, further study on specific clinical presentations like PTSD and TBI, and more.

Do you want to know more or are you interested in collaborating? Send me an E-mail.