Corresponding Author Information: Callie Jowers

Session Abstract: Continuing its commitment to the professional development of graduate students, the Society for Personality Assessment Graduate Student (SPAGS) Education Committee is organizing a symposium to discuss the utilization of personality assessment instruments via telehealth. Given these unprecedented times and the challenges associated with learning and conducting personality assessment remotely, this symposium aims to highlight pertinent issues that arise as a result of modifying assessment administration (e.g., problems with reliability, validity, etc.). Performance-based and self-report measures of personality assessment will be emphasized. Additionally, the symposium will feature a discussion centered around constructing an assessment battery specifically for remote assessment situations. Experts in the field of personality assessment will be invited to provide their knowledge, insight, and guidance for navigating personality assessment via telehealth, drawing upon their own experiences and expertise. Graduate student and early career professional attendees who have varied levels of training and experience will have the opportunity to ask experts their questions pertaining to various aspects of telehealth methods of personality assessment.

Chair Information: Callie Jowers, MS | University of Detroit Mercy

Discussant Information: Callie Jowers, MS | University of Detroit Mercy

Presentation 1 Title: Options and Challenges for Engaging in Performance Assessment at a Distance


Gregory Meyer, PhD | Kent State University

Presentation 2 Title:Remote Assessment using Self-Report Measures: Best Practices and Research Findings with the MMPI-3


Yossef Ben-Porath, PhD, ABPP | University of Toledo

Dr. MeyerDr. Gregory J. Meyer

Gregory J. Meyer, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Toledo, where he has been since 2003. Before this, he was at the University of Alaska Anchorage and the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was the director of the inpatient and outpatient Psychological Assessment Service. He was the Editor of the Journal of Personality Assessment from 2002 to 2013. His research focuses on psychological assessment, with an emphasis on the integration of personality assessment methods. Much of his work has addressed performance-based measures of psychological processes, most notably with the Rorschach. With more than 90 peer-reviewed publications, he has made many contributions to the published literature in this area, as well as in psychometrics and assessment more generally. He regularly provides invited lectures and trainings internationally. On four occasions, the Society for Personality Assessment recognized him with Distinguished Contribution Awards for articles in the published literature. He also received the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Assessment Psychology by the Assessment Section of Clinical Psychology (American Psychological Association, Section IX, Division 12). He is a Fellow of Division 5 (Evaluation, Measurement, & Statistics) of the American Psychological Association and of the Society for Personality Assessment. In addition to co-authoring the manual for the Rorschach Performance Assessment System, he co-edited a casebook entitled Using the Rorschach Performance Assessment System (R-PAS).

Dr. Ben-PorathDr. Yossef Ben-Porath

Yossef Ben-Porath is a Professor of Psychological Sciences at Kent State University. He received his doctoral training at the University of Minnesota and has been involved extensively in MMPI research for the past 36 years. He is a co-developer of the MMPI-3, MMPI-2-RF, and MMPI-A-RF and co-author of test manuals, books, book chapters, and articles on the MMPI instruments. Dr. Ben-Porath is a board-certified psychologist (American Board of Professional Psychology-Clinical) whose clinical practice involves supervision of assessments at Kent State’s Psychological Clinic, consultation to agencies that screen candidates for public safety positions and provision of consultation and expert witness services in forensic cases.

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