MARCH 17TH | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (ET)

Session Abstract: With the outbreak of Covid-19, in-person evaluations have become increasingly more difficult to accomplish, and the implementation of tele-assessment practices (i.e., psychological assessment using telehealth platforms) has become the new norm in several assessment contexts -- a norm that will likely be a permanent part of psychological assessment even once the present Covid-19 pandemic has subsided. Tele-assessment, however, is not without problems, and different kinds of psychological evaluations and methods pose different and unique challenges to practitioners. In an attempt to identify common roadblocks across different types of assessments and seek collaborative solutions, this roundtable will discuss issues faced by clinical and forensic evaluators working with self-report, cognitive, and typical-performance tests, with both adults and children. David McCord will start off this session by presenting some considerations on the use of self-report inventory measures in the context of tele-assessment. Joni Mihura will then talk about typical-performance tests, with a focus on the remote administration of the Rorschach test and its associated challenges. Susie Raiford from Pearson will discuss tele-assessment of cognitive functioning. Jessica Lipkind will continue this conversation by offering her perspectives on the challenges and possible solutions characterizing the remote assessment of children and adolescents. Next, Eric Drogin will examine prospects for eventual legal application of tele-assessment to forensic work and describe considerations for conducting this type of assessment in both institutional and residential settings. Lastly, as the chief discussant of this roundtable, Jordan Wright will offer some conclusive remarks and considerations, and moderate a deeper discussion.

Chair Information: Luciano Giromini, PhD | University of Turin

Discussant Information: A. Jordan Wright, PhD, ABAP | New York University

Presentation 1 Title: Tele-Assessment of Personality and Psychopathology: Challenges, Roadblocks and Collaborative Solutions

Presenters: 

David M. McCord, PhD | Western Carolina University

Joni Mihura, PhD, ABAP | University of Toledo

Susie E. Raiford, PhD | Pearson

Jessica Lipkind, PhD | Berkeley, CA

Eric Y. Drogin, PhD, JD, ABPP | Harvard Medical School

Dr. GirominiDr. Luciano Giromini

Luciano Giromini, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, and core faculty member for the Ph.D. program in Psychological, Anthropological and Educational Sciences of the University of Turin, Italy. He has taught psychological assessment and psychometrics at two Italian and one Californian universities, and is currently the coordinator of the Evidence-Based Psychological Assessment research team of University of Turin. He is one of the authors of the Inventory of Problems (IOP-29 and IOP-M) and Assessment Section Head for the journal Psychological Injury and Law.


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.


Dr. LipkindDr. Jessica Lipkind

Jessica Lipkind is a licensed clinical psychologist with a specialty in treatment and psychological assessment of children and adolescents. She is the Associate Director of the Assessment Program at WestCoast Children's Clinic. In addition, Dr. Lipkind maintains a private practice where she conducts evaluations using the Collaborative Assessment model with children, adolescents, and families. She is a member of the R-PAS Research and Development Group. She has presented nationally and internationally on the assessment of children, trauma, and attachment.

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