Corresponding Author Information: James Kleiger

Session Abstract: The concept of Bipolarity has changed and now includes a broader range of mood disturbances, which challenge conventional diagnostic assumptions. Panel members present multiple methods for assessing mood and bipolar spectrum conditions beginning with history-gathering and clinical interview techniques, and using selected rating scales, and projective, performance-based methods.

Chair Information: James Kleiger | Private Practice, Maryland

Presentation 1 Title: Concept of Spectrum of Mood Disorders: Developmental History & Rating Scales


James Kleiger | Private Practice, Bethesda,MD

Presentation 2 Title: Clinical Interview with Bipolar Patients


Ali Khadivi | Clinical and Forensic Psychology, New York

Presentation 3 Title: Projective Assessment of Manic Depressive Personality


Odile Husain | Private Practice and IPP, Montreal, Qc, Canada

Presentation 4 Title: R-PAS Assessment of Bipolarity


Joni Mihura | Professor of Psychology, University of Toledo

Dr. KleigerDr. James H. Kleiger

James H. Kleiger, PsyD, ABPP, ABAP, is a diplomate in clinical and assessment psychology and Fellow in the Society for Personality Assessment. Dr. Kleiger is a practicing psychologist and psychoanalyst in Bethesda, MD. He is past President of the Baltimore Washington Society for Psychoanalysis and previously the Director of the Postdoctoral Psychology Training Program at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, KS. He is the author of Disordered Thinking and The Rorschach; Assessing Psychosis: A Clinician's Guide (Co-authored with Ali Khadivi); Rorschach Assessment of Psychotic Phenomena, and soon the be published Psychological Assessment of Disordered Thinking and Perception (Co-edited with Irving Weiner).  In 2020, Dr. Kleiger published his debut historical fiction The 11th Inkblot.

Odile HussainOdile Hussain




Dr. MihuraDr. Joni L. Mihura

Joni L. Mihura, PhD, ABAP is a Professor of Psychology in the Clinical Psychology PhD Program at the University of Toledo where she teaches graduate courses in Assessment, supervises Assessment Practicum, and undergraduate Psychological Testing and Abnormal Psychology. She is Board Certified in Assessment Psychology (ABAP). Dr. Mihura received early career awards from Society for Personality Assessment (SPA) and the American Psychoanalytic Association as well as an SPA award for contributions to the literature. She is a Fellow of SPA, and currently serving as its President-Elect. She has published numerous articles and chapters on psychological assessment, and best known for her groundbreaking work with the Rorschach inkblot test—including systematic reviews and meta-analyses of the test’s validity. She is the co-editor of two recent books—Using the Rorschach Performance Assessment System (R-PAS) and the Handbook of Gender and Sexuality in Psychological Assessment—and editor of a handbook in progress: The Oxford Handbook of Personality and Psychopathology Assessment. She is the co-developer of a new Rorschach system, the Rorschach Performance Assessment System (R-PAS), for which she presents invited lectures and trainings internationally. In the past few years, Dr. Mihura has been developing a new area of expertise in psychosis for which she currently has articles and chapters in press and presented at the Schizophrenia International Research Society in 2020. Her new area of expertise is designed to inform the development of the new Thought and Perception Assessment System, a Rorschach system designed to specifically assess psychosis.

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