Bruno Klopfer Award Lecture (1 CE Credit)

Dr. R. Michael Bagby

MARCH 17 | 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

In this session Professor Bagby will be discussing a variety of topics in the field of psychological assessment with a focus on scale construction and validation, and the use of measurement-based methodologies as a legitimate form of scientific inquiry. Professor Bagby will discuss his early work in developing the SIRS and validating scales on the MMPI-2 (and MMPI-2-RF) designed to detect non-credible over-reporting and under-reporting. He will present the highlights of a 25-year long program of research in designing measures to assess the alexithymia construct while simultaneously validating this construct for use in psychosomatic research and beyond.

Goals & Objectives: Develop familiarity with strategies and scales to detect under-reporting and over-reporting on psychological tests and methods to validate these strategies and scales.

  1. Outline the general idea of measurement-based construct validation as a form of scientific inquiry.
  2. Develop some knowledge about the alexithymia construct, including its history rooted in observations of patients with psychosomatic diseases and illnesses.
  3. Outline how the development of scale(s) designed to assess the alexithymia construct lead to the conceptual and theoretical refinement of the scale.

Shifting Cultural Lenses in Psychological Assessment: Integrating both Clinical and Statistical Approaches (1 CE Credit)

Dr. Steven R. López

MARCH 18 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

In this talk I propose an approach to psychological assessment that respects and critically considers the client's sociocultural context, test norms, and individual variability. Culture and race are dynamic constructs that are embedded in specific sociocultural contexts. An assessment approach that draws on rigorous science and conceptualizations is needed to capture the diverse meanings associated with culture and race.

The Development of Personality Pathology: Implications for Assessment (1 CE Credit)

Dr. Carla Sharp

MARCH 19 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The DSM-5 Alternative Model of Personality Disorders (AMPD) offers for the first time a dimensional diagnostic framework for assessing personality functioning across the lifespan. In this talk, a developmental model for personality pathology is presented which outlines the integrated developmental function of the AMPD’s Criterion A (maladaptive self and interpersonal function) and Criterion B (maladaptive trait function). This model suggests that a child’s position on any dispositional trait dimension (Criterion B/Big 5/internalizing-externalizing-psychotic spectra) can be readily identified and recognized already in infancy and has been found to remain relatively stable throughout development. However, while children may display extreme scores indicative of maladaptive trait function, they are not diagnosed with personality disorder before adolescence, because until adolescence, there is a limited requirement placed on children to acquire the new level of knowledge, skills, and cultural competence to successfully transition to an independent adult role. These functions of “work and love” are articulated in Criterion A of the AMPD and include functioning pertaining to identity, self-direction, empathy, and intimacy. While Criterion A domains can be assessed in pre-adolescence, these components do not “bind together” into a unidimensional severity criterion until adolescence. Clinical implications of the model for the assessment of personality development is discussed by extending it into a Clinical Staging assessment framework, which allows for the evaluation of personality function across both developmental epochs and stages of disorder progression.