March 13 | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Martin Sellbom, PhD | University of Otago
Dustin B. Wygant, PhD| Eastern Kentucky University
This workshop introduces the 335-item MMPI-3 to psychologists working in forensic settings. The workshop will begin with an introduction to the instrument in general, then proceed with a discussion of applications of the MMPI-3 in both criminal (e.g., competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, risk assessment) and civil (e.g., personal injury, disability, family court) forensic evaluations. Evidence-based practice will be reviewed. The workshop will also emphasize discussion on how to defend MMPI-3 opinions in court for general purposes of use, with an emphasis on Daubert and Frye challenges. Finally, case illustrations derived from a variety of criminal and civil settings will be provided.
Goals and Objectives:
1. Assess the rationale for and methods used to develop the MMPI-3
2. Evaluate the psychometric findings available to guide MMPI-3 interpretation, with an emphasis on forensic settings
3. Become familiar with how to defend MMPI-3 opinions in court for general purposes of use
4. Know how to apply the MMPI-3 in forensic psychological evaluations
5. Apply knowledge in interpreting MMPI-3 profiles to forensic cases
This is an intermediate workshop, with participants expected to have basic background in personality assessment and some previous exposure to the MMPI instruments.
Martin Sellbom is a Professor in Clinical Psychology at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. He received his PhD in Clinical Psychology in 2007 from Kent State University. His research focuses on psychopathy and other personality disorders, the integration of personality and psychopathology, and personality assessment with the MMPI instruments. Prof Sellbom's work has been featured in about 250 publications and he has co-authored a book on the forensic applications of the MMPI-2-RF (published by the University of Minnesota Press). He has won several awards, including the American Psychological Foundation’s Theodore Millon mid-career award for advancing personality science, American Psychology-Law Society’s Saleem Shah Award and Society for Personality Assessment’s Samuel and Anne Beck Award for early career achievement. He serves as the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Personality Assessment. For his clinical practice, Prof Sellbom specializes in forensic psychological evaluations.
Dustin B. Wygant, PhD is a Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training for the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) program at Eastern Kentucky University. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio prior to completing his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. Dr. Wygant is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Personality Assessment.
Dr. Wygant’s primary research interests include the conceptualization of the psychopathic personality and the DSM-5 model of personality disorders. Other research interests include the detection of malingering as well as the use of personality assessment in forensic and medical settings. He over 35 MMPI-related publications, including a 2018 book on forensic uses of the MMPI-2-RF.
In addition to his academic position, Dr. Wygant is a licensed psychologist in Ohio and Kentucky. He routinely conducts forensic psychological evaluations and testifies as an expert witness.