Award Winners

Bruno Klopfer Memorial Award

Dr. Aaron Pincus

Aaron L. Pincus, PhD is a Professor of Psychology and licensed psychologist at the Pennsylvania State University (USA). Dr. Pincus received his B.S. in psychology from the University of California—Davis, his M.A. in personality psychology from the University of California—Berkeley, and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of British Columbia. Dr. Pincus’ has published over 200 articles and chapters on personality assessment, personality disorders, interpersonal functioning, and the structure of psychopathology. He is the former editor-in-chief of Assessment and a member of the APA task force on psychological assessment training in health service psychology. He is an author of the Inventory of Interpersonal Problems Circumplex Scales (IIP-C) and the Pathological Narcissism Inventory (PNI). Dr. Pincus is a Fellow of the Society for Personality Assessment, a recipient of the Theodore Millon Award for contributions to personality psychology, and a member of the Hierarchical Taxonomy of Psychopathology Consortium.

John E. Exner Award

Dr. Matthew Yalch

Matthew Yalch is an assistant professor of psychology at Palo Alto University, where he teaches graduate courses in personality assessment and quantitative methods. His research and clinical interests are at the intersection of personality assessment and trauma, and specifically involve how we might use personality assessment therapeutically to help treat trauma survivors. Matt has been a member of SPA since his first year as a grad student and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Personality Assessment.

Samuel J. and Anne G. Beck Award

Dr. Jaime Anderson

Jaime L. Anderson, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Sam Houston State University. Dr. Anderson earned her Ph.D. from the University of Alabama in 2016 under the mentorship of Dr. Martin Sellbom. Her research focuses on the assessment of personality psychopathology, particularly using dimensional trait conceptualizations, as well as the use of broadband assessment instruments (e.g. the MMPI-2-RF/MMPI-3) in examining personality disorders and other areas of psychopathology. She has authored or co-authored 48 peer-reviewed journal articles, 2 book chapters, and 90 conference proceedings. She serves as an Associate Editor for Psychological Assessment, as well as a consulting editor for the Journal of Personality Assessment, Assessment, Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, andPsychological Injury and Law. Dr. Anderson has served on the board of SPA since 2019 as Secretary, and has a history of leadership involvement in the society since joining SPA as a graduate student in 2012.

Walter G. Klopfer Award

Adjectives vs. Statements in Forced Choice and Likert Item Types: Which is More Resistant to Impression Management in Personality Assessment?

Dr. Kate Walton is the Director of Research at MindPrint Learning. She obtained her PhD in personality psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Minnesota, Kate joined the faculty of the Department of Psychology at St. John's University where she spent 11 years. In 2017, she took the role of Principal Research Scientist in the Center for Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning at ACT. She recently joined MindPrint Learning where she continues her research on social and emotional skill assessments and development and leads validity and efficacy research on MindPrint’s assessment and curricula.

Martin Mayman Award

Evaluating Stable and Situational Expressions of Passive-Aggressive Personality Disorder: A Multimethod Experience Sampling Case Study

Katie C. Lewis, PhD, is a research psychologist and medical staff member at the Austen Riggs Center. Her research uses multimethod experience sampling approaches to examine daily interpersonal perceptions, personality functioning, and the development and course of suicidal ideation in adults. Dr. Lewis received a doctorate in clinical psychology from the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University. She is a former graduate student representative on the Ethics Board of Division 39 and former Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. She currently serves as a Consulting Editor and Section Editor for the Journal of Personality Assessment. Her research has been supported by the Robert Wallerstein Fellowship in Psychoanalytic Research, the Division 39 Marsha McCary Fund for Psychoanalysis, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and the National Institute of Mental Health. She has published and presented on a wide range of topics, including suicide and self-harming behaviors, personality psychopathology and assessment, and the ethics of confidentiality in clinical writing. In addition to her work at Riggs she maintains a private psychotherapy, assessment, and consultation practice in New York and Massachusetts.

Jeremy M. Ridenour, PsyD, is the Director of psychological testing, Associate Director of admissions, and a staff psychologist at the Austen Riggs Center. He received a doctorate in clinical psychology from the George Washington University and completed a fellowship in psychoanalytic studies from the Austen Riggs Center. His research focuses on performance-based measures, including the TAT and Rorschach and their relevance to social cognition. He is also interested in exploring multimethod assessment that include the integration of data from multiple sources (e.g., self-report, EMA data, and performance-based measures). In addition, he has written on the psychotherapeutic treatment of individuals with schizophrenia-spectrum disorders, with a particular focus in understanding how targeting mentalization (i.e. how people think about self and other) can be an important focus for recovery.

Seth Pitman, PhD, is the Associate Director of the Remote Access IOP for College Students and staff psychologist at the Austen Riggs Center. Dr. Pitman received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the Derner School at Adelphi University and completed his pre-doctoral internship at Massachusetts General Hospital before training at Riggs. His peer-reviewed research, which focuses on the relationship between psychodynamic techniques and therapy outcome, the impact of patient personality factors on the therapeutic process, and trauma, has earned him recognition from APA’s Division 29–Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training. He serves as a consulting editor for the journal Psychotherapy and is on the editorial board of the Journal of American Psychoanalytic Association. In addition to his position at Riggs, he maintains a private practice providing individual psychotherapy and psychological assessments in forensic settings.

Michael Roche, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at West Chester University. Dr. Roche earned his Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University, after completing his internship at Massachusetts General Hospital. His research lab, the Psychological Assessment of Temporally-dynamic Traits, Emotions, and Relationships in Naturalistic Settings (PATTERNS) lab, assesses the impact of personality disorder in daily life, using longitudinal methods to capture temporally-dynamic patterns of psychological dysfunction, and creating methods to utilize person-specific assessments to assist clinicians in conceptualizing their clients. He has authored or coauthored over 30 academic journal articles, 10 book chapters, and 65 presentations and posters. He serves as a consulting editor for the journal Assessment, Psychological Assessment, and the Journal of Personality Assessment. Dr. Roche is also the president-elect for the Society for Interpersonal Theory and Research. He teaches assessment and psychotherapy courses in the WCU doctoral program in clinical psychology (PsyD) along with providing therapy and assessment supervision to doctoral students and teaching undergraduate courses. He also maintains a small practice of individual and group (DBT) psychotherapy, and is a statistical consultant for researchers interested in analyzing longitudinal data.

Mary S. Cerney Award

Elizabeth A. Edershile

Elizabeth A. Edershile is a graduate student researcher in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. Elizabeth is interested in the processes that underlie personality pathology. Currently, her work emphasizes movement away from thinking of constructs, such as narcissism, as static in nature, but, rather, as composed of more complex processes.

Distinguished Service & Contribution to Personality Assessment Award

Dr. FinnDr. Stephen Finn

Stephen E. Finn is a licensed psychologist in Austin, TX, and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Finn served as President of SPA 2002-2003 and helped found three research, teaching, and clinical centers for Therapeutic Assessment in Austin, TX (1993), Milan, Italy (2010), and Tokyo, Japan (2014). Dr. Finn has previously received SPA’s Bruno Klopfer Award (2011) and Martin Mayman Award (2004 and 2012).

The BRUNO KLOPFER MEMORIAL AWARD is given for outstanding, long-term professional contribution to the field of personality assessment.

The JOHN E. EXNER SCHOLAR AWARD honors the memory of John E. Exner, Ph.D., a pioneer in personality assessment, by supporting the research of a young personality assessor. Dr. Exner was committed to advancing the science of personality assessment by empirical research in the development and application of assessment instruments. This award honors that commitment by recognizing and supporting a young investigator examining any method of personality assessment.

The SAMUEL J. and ANNE G. BECK AWARD is given for outstanding early career research in the field of personality assessment. The award is presented in conjunction with the University of Chicago.

The WALTER G. KLOPFER AWARD is bestowed annually by the Society for Personality Assessment for distinguished contribution to the literature in personality assessment. Eligible contributions focus on statistically based research projects. The Journal for Personality Assessment Editor asks all Consulting Editors to nominate outstanding articles from the previous year, each of which is then rated by the Editor and Associate Editors.

The MARTIN MAYMAN AWARD is bestowed annually by the Society for Personality Assessment for a distinguished contribution to the literature in personality assessment. Eligible contributions may consist of an outstanding case study, qualitative research project, or theoretical development. The JPA Editor asks all Consulting Editors to nominate outstanding articles from the previous year, each of which is then rated by the Editor and Associate Editors.

The MARGUERITE R. HERTZ MEMORIAL is a tribute to Dr. Hertz for her long-term professional contributions to personality assessment. The memorial is presented by a distinguished member of the Society in honor of a deceased eminence from the field of personality assessment. At times, the presenter also invites other members to join in relating anecdotes of their personal contact with the honoree.

The MARY S. CERNEY STUDENT AWARD is awarded to the best personality assessment research paper submitted by a student. This award carries a small stipend to help defray the cost of attending the Annual Convention.

The DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AND CONTRIBUTION TO PERSONALITY ASSESSMENT AWARD honors individuals promoting personality assessment through excellence in teaching, outreach, advocacy, or practice. Recipients are those whose work has made a meaningful contribution to the practice of personality assessment by way of direct service, policy development and implementation, innovation, teaching, training, professional publications, leadership, or advocacy for the profession.