New Paper: a pilot study on training trends in personality assessment

I’m very excited that my work with Drs. Cribbet (Alabama) and Schmidt (Texas Tech) has been accepted for publication in Training and Education in Professional Psychology. In it, we sampled from 16 APA-approved doctoral programs in clinical and counseling psychology (8 each) to pilot our upcoming national study on assessment training and competency. This is the first published project which examines trainee exposure and competency (both perceived and performance-based) on personality assessments and we are excited for the next phase of this project. For the national study, Pearson Clinical Assessment has partially funded that project.

In the paper we discuss various training implications that we see as a result of patterns of instrument exposure, self-perceived competency,  and result reporting information.

If you would like to see a copy of the pre-print, click HERE

New paper: MMPI-2-RF substantive scales in a national sample of veterans across four settings

I’m exciting that the second paper coming out of the national database of veteran assessment outcomes has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment. In a 7-year national sample, my colleagues and I examined typical score patterns observed across four common service locations within the VA (individual substance abuse treatment, PTSD clinical team, residential polytrauma, and internal medicine). This paper provides the most curent and up-to-date comparison samples available for the MMPI, strengthening information available to clinicians to frame and consider typical presentations within these service clinics.

Here is the pre-print.

New paper: Veteran MMPI-2-RF validity scale performance accepted

I’m excited about a recently accepted publication on the MMPI-2-RF validity scales. This study examined patterns of profile invalidity across a 2 year national sample (n ~ 18,000) and will be published in an upcoming special issue of Psychological Services. It is based on a presentation given at the annual MMPI symposium 2 years ago with my colleagues Drs. Ben-Porath, Tarescavage, and Oehlert.

Here is the pre-print.

I also received received notification from Pearson Clinical Assessments that they will be providing partial research for my grant on the National Assessment Training in Health Service Psychology. This research funding will expand the research presented at the 2018 MMPI symposium (currently under review for publication) summarized in this presentation.

More exciting updates to come soon….

More Fall update: All the other things!

First off, I can’t say enough awesome things about Dr. Joe Currin. We’re lucky to have had him join us at TTU. I (along with Brittney) am doing some really cool collaborations with him: we are developing a behavioral theoretical orientation scale and exploring how orientation and considerations of ‘what supervision is’ plays a role in predicting supervisee perceived outcomes. We are also working on a multi-site resiliency project that includes a cross-cultural examination of the Integrative Hope Scale (we’re planning to look at invariance across ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender).

Otherwise, here are some quick updates

  • My work with Dr. Shin Ye Kim on health behaviors and stigma (focusing on medical service utilization in a college sample) is preparing to be submitted. In fact, when I finish writing this it’s back to finalize the results so that we can send it off in the next month!
  • Stigma and health research is ongoing! In a project with Patrick Heath, we anticipate submitting a fairly large multi-site proposal to APA examining the relationship of stigma with health behaviors.
  • A paper examining the role of affect in the relationship between stigma and treatment intention is being finalized and should be sent out this week (Also with Patrick).
  • Craig Warlick took lead on a manuscript examining the concurrent validity of a brief International Personality Item Pool instrument and, after some really supportive feedback from reviewers, I’m hoping to see it accepted soon. The IPIP offers such great AND FREE utility for incorporating personality measurement into everyday practice and research.
  • Dr. Brian Cole is leading the PIWIS team (see original parenting scale here or the article validating it here) on a project examining parenting in Latino dads. Not only are we looking at cross-cultural comparisons of parenting practices, but we are also looking at stigma towards parenting services and attitudes that result in decreased training. Data is coming in now and we’re preparing the results section (Thanks go out  to Alyssa Dye for helping to prep this – I think she’s even working away now on the weekend on this!)
  • I have a paper under review validating the IHS in a large sample of Chinese students.


So many more, but that’s enough for now!


Post PTSD conference & Partial Fall update

What a great conference to attend with the lab. Simply put, Strong Star puts on awesome conferences and we had a blast in San Antonio – so many awesome speakers talking about the future of PTSD treatment. As we carpooled down we talked a lot about next steps in the lab, so I wanted to highlight some products folks in the lab are part of/planning to submit over the next month that align with what we learned at the 3rd Annual Combat PTSD.

Brittney (my fantastic first year student) is going to be submitting as a first author a paper to APA evaluating the behavioral correlates for the MMPI-2-Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF) RC3 (Cynicism) and RC9 (Hypomanic Activation) scales in a college student sample (after all, shouldn’t our evidence-based assessments predict behavior?!). She is also working with me on submissions for APA and AACN, looking at MMPI-2-RF validity scale efficacy in a U.S. Army concussion clinic, which explore the role of moderators (e.g., diagnosis, sex, etc.; Ingram & Ternes, 2016; Sharf et al., 2017; Ingram et al., 2018) and the general efficacy of the over reporting scales.

Nikki (although not my advisee I’m super lucky to have her working with me for a second year running) will be submitting a poster to APA on the results of our simulation study of PTSD/mild Traumatic Brain Injury/comorbidity on the MMPI-2-Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF) validity scales.

Tara (an awesome undergrad RA in every way) came up with an awesome research question while running participants and will be submitting a poster to APA. While moderators have generally focused on demographic charactersistics, Tara was curious if trait characteristics (especially cynicism) influence testing response bias and is taking the lead on a really cool project. I love seeing my undergrad RAs take this sort of killer initiative and generate such thought provoking questions.


There are a few other submissions going out as well, including those looking at stigma and treatment seeking (as well as the development of a GOOD theoretical orientation scale). I’ll tell you more about those next!

Assessment training

Following the the lab’s pilot research (see Ingram, Cribbet, and Schdmit, 2018) on assessment training and educational outcomes in health service psychology, Dr. Schmidt and I have submitted a grant to evaluate these trends across the nation in all APA-approved programs. We hope our work will inform health service psychology training and promote a more empirically-based approach to psychological assessment. We’re very excited for what this project can contribute to graduate education and training in our field, so keep your fingers crossed! It’s time to make sure our profession gets the training support and emphasis needed to be successful.



New Lab Logo and Quick Update

Paul Lab Logo

Thanks to the awesome Dr. Joe Currin for making our amazing lab logo!

There is also so much going on as well in the lab for both assessment research and the treatment seeking work. I have several papers out right now on the MMPI-2-RF, much of it based on the papers we have presented in the last at the MMPI symposium (such as thisthis, and this).  I’m also working with Brittney and Nikki Brittney and Nikki on another paper we plan to submit shortly that is evaluating PTSD assessment tools. Likewise, several undergraduates are joining in the lab to help us collect data and one has even started to put together an exciting research proposal based on available data (more to come soon on that!). Although the grant to evaluate PTSD in an incarcerated minority youth sample wasn’t funded this summer, Dr. Adam Schmidt and I received a very favorable review and an invited re-submission next year and we are looking forward to that in a few months from now.

As for stigma and treatment seeking research, data collection for the gender roles and Latinx project is ongoing. Recruitment picked up this year and are in talks about poster submissions using that data at APA. Data collection on stigma and health behaviors in response to physical pain ended last spring and Dr. Shinye Kim and I are in the midst of analysis. More to come!

Fall Semester is almost here!

I can’t believe I’m starting year two as an assistant professor already! This one is going to be a busy year for sure and I’m excited to have my new advisee Brittney Golden joining the lab. I just got out of several meetings today and there are some exciting research projects going this fall. Also, I anticipate taking a student next year (2019-2020 maturation) and am looking forward to hearing from potential applicants.

Just around the corner this fall is the Combat PTSD conference in San Antonio and my colleagues and I have two poster presentations going.

  • Ingram, P.B., Sharpnack, J.D., & Mosier, N.J. (2018, October). The Utility of Personality Assessment Inventory in assessing PTSD for a group of treatment seeking combat veterans. Poster accepted for presentation at the 2018 Combat PTSD Conference. San Antonio, Texas.
  • Mosier, N.J., Sharpnack, J.D., & Ingram, P.B. (2018, October). Evidence-based practice begins with Evidence-based Assessment: Towards a model of multidimensional evaluation of PTSD symptoms and treatment outcomes. Poster accepted for presentation at the 2018 Combat PTSD Conference. San Antonio, Texas.

After that it’s on to preparing submissions for APA. The lab is trying hard to get enough data for our comorbidity feigning study to allow us to present that data at the conference. We’ve got some other fun things we’re going to try and send out over the next few months (papers and presentations).

MMPI Research Update today

Today was a busy day for MMPI Research with a lot of exciting progress.

The Validity Scale Presentation from the 7-year MMPI-2-RF sample from VAs around the country that will be presented in two weeks at the 2018 MMPI symposium has been finished. This presentation examines validity scale response style within the VA and there are some of the big conclusions from the presentation.

  • MMPI-2-RF profiles are frequently invalid within the VA
  • Validity scale performance varies by outpatient service location
  • Over-reporting (OR) scales are the most frequently invalidated scales
  • Those exceeding interpretive guidelines on one OR scale are likely to exceed others

The other update? I submitted a grant to the University of Minnesota Press Test Division to evaluate MMPI-A-RF responses within a justice involved sample here in Texas. This project is in collaboration with Dr. Adam Schmidt in the Clinical program here at TTU and has three aims: (1) expand information available about adolescent forensic evaluations, (2) increase sampling of diverse and minority status youth, and (3) explore the relationship of the MMPI-A-RF scales to PTSD and within a trauma-exposed sample.