Bruno Klopfer Award Lecture

Headshot of Dr. R. Michael BagbyDr. R. Michael Bagby is a Full Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry and a Full Member of the Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Toronto. Dr. Bagby’s primary graduate appointments are in the Graduate Department of Psychology and the Institute of Medical Sciences; he also holds an appointment in the Graduate Department of Psychological Clinical Science. Dr. Bagby is the Director of the Clinical Laboratory for Personality, Psychopathology, and Psychodiagnostics at the University of Toronto. Dr. Bagby is also a Collaborative Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental health (CAMH) in the Clinical Research Department; the Research Imaging Centre; and the Molecular Science and Tanenbaum Centre for Pharmacogenetics.

Dr. Bagby is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario with declared competency in the areas of adult counselling and clinical psychology and forensic psychology and is certified by the American Board of Assessment Psychology. Dr. Bagby currently serves on the Editorial Boards of Assessment, the European Journal of Psychological Assessment, the Journal of Personality Assessment, and the Journal of Personality Disorders. Dr. Bagby is also an Associate Editor of Psychological Assessment. Dr. Bagby is the recent recipient of the Distinguished Assessment Psychologist Award conferred by the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Bruno Klopfer Award for Distinguished Lifetime Contributions to Psychological Assessment conferred by the Society for Personality Assessment (SPA).

Dr. Bagby’s primary research interests are: (1) the phenotypic structure of psychopathology and the diagnosis and classification of psychopathology, with a particular focus on personality disorders; (2) evaluating the validity and reliability of psychological assessment instruments; (3) examining personality as a mediator and moderator of treatment outcome of major depression; and (4) strategies for the identification and assessment of intentional and non-intentional, non-credible responding on self-report measures of personality and psychopathology, with particular expertise in the assessment and detection of malingering. Dr. Bagby is a renowned expert in test construction and development and is the author of four copyrighted tests.

Dr. Bagby’s primary clinical interests are in psychological assessment, particularly in the areas of forensic psychology, psychiatric disability, and medical-legal evaluations. Dr. Bagby’s treatment interests centres on those suffering from major depression and he embraces an “eclectic approach” – using components of cognitive-behavioural and brief, evidence-based psychodynamic interventions. He maintains a small private clinical practice in the areas of civil and criminal forensic psychology in which he conducts psychological assessments.

At the undergraduate level, he teaches courses in Abnormal Psychology, Personality Disorders, and Psychology and Law. At the Graduate level he teaches courses in Psychological Assessment, Psychodiagnosis, Psychopathology, and Personality Disorders.

Shifting Cultural Lenses in Psychological Assessment: Integrating both Clinical and Statistical Approaches

Headshot of Dr. Steven LopezDr. Steven R. López is a Professor of Psychology and Social Work at the University of Southern California. He has dedicated his 38-year career as an academic clinical psychologist to integrating a cultural perspective in mental health intervention, assessment and research with particular attention to Latinos. His passion is best illustrated by the recently completed National Institute of Mental Health-funded community campaign to reduce the duration of untreated psychosis in a largely Spanish-speaking Latinx community in the Los Angeles area. In another line of research, he and his team developed a process model of cultural competence for clinical practice that then served as the basis of the training and evaluation of nearly 1000 mental health professionals in California. Dr. Lopez has also served as a mentor for many psychologists, some of whom are now university faculty members and others are working in the community. For 15 years he directed an NIH-funded summer research training program in Mexico in which 131 undergraduate and graduate students from many universities across the nation participated.  Finally, Dr. Lopez was one of the five science editors for the highly cited Surgeon General’s Report on Mental Health: Culture, Race and Ethnicity (2001).

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

The Development of Personality Pathology: Implications for Assessment

Headshot of Dr. Carla SharpCarla Sharp, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at the University of Houston and Interim Associate Dean for Faculty and Research. She is also the Director of the Adolescent Diagnosis Assessment Prevention and Treatment Center and the Developmental Psychopathology Lab at the University of Houston. Her work has significantly advanced the scientific understanding of the phenomenology, causes, correlates and treatment of personality pathology in youth. She is the recipient of the 2016 Mid-career award from the North American Society for the Study of Personality Disorders and the 2018 Award for Achievement in the Field of Severe Personality Disorders from the Personality Disorders Institute and Borderline Personality Disorder Resource Center, New York. She is the current President of the International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders and incoming Associate Editor for APA Journal Personality Disorders: Theory, Research and Treatment. She has published over 260 peer reviewed publications (h-index 59), in addition to numerous chapters and books, including Handbook of Borderline Personality Disorder in Children and Adolescents (Springer, 2013). Her work has been funded by the NICHD, NIAAA, NIMH, the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation and other foundations.

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