Scholarships are now CLOSED!

To increase the access and diversity of our convention attendance, SPA is excited to offer the following scholarships for our students, early-career, and members from diverse backgrounds. All scholarships will be in the form of a waiver, and only ONE scholarship may be received at a time. Please note, global attendees are welcome to apply for whatever scholarships they qualify for. At this time, we are no longer accepting applications for our scholarships. We encourage you to apply next year.


As part of its overall commitment to diversity, SPA is now offering diversity support grants of up to $300 to support diverse professionals or students involved in personality assessment who seek to attend the annual convention. This amount will provide a waiver for the 2021 SPA Virtual Convention registration fee and a waiver for the individual to attend at least one SPA Workshop (Half-Day or Full-Day) free of charge in 2021.


In an effort to encourage and support the training and education of early-career psychologists in personality assessment, which are defined as individuals within 5 years of receiving their terminal degree, SPA gives scholarships to defray the cost of attending the Annual Convention. Scholarships are available for amounts up to $250, which will provide a waiver for the 2021 SPA Virtual Convention registration fee and a waiver for the individual to virtually attend at least one SPA Workshop (Half-Day or Full-Day) free of charge in 2021.


In an effort to encourage training of students and promote student participation in research and scholarly presentation in the area of personality assessment, SPA gives scholarships to students attending the SPA Annual Convention. Scholarships are available for amounts up to $125, which will provide a waiver for the 2021 SPA Virtual Convention registration fee and a waiver for the individual to virtually attend at least one SPA Workshop (Half-Day or Full-Day) free of charge in 2021.

Essie Asan

A. Esin "Essie" Asan is a second-year doctoral candidate at Penn State University's clinical psychology program, working under Dr. Aaron Pincus. She is from Istanbul, Turkey and serves as the international member-at-large on SPAGS board and is a member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee. Her research interests are focused on dimensional and dynamic measures of personality pathology and interpersonal behavior, particularly using novel quantitative methods to improve existing assessment measures and taking longitudinal approaches to assessing personality. Clinically, she is interested in integrating personality assessment with her psychotherapy practice.

Dr. Danielle Burchett

Danielle Burchett is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB). She obtained a B.S. in Psychology at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo as a first-generation college student before earning an M.A. and Ph.D. at Kent State University in Clinical Psychology (Assessment Concentration) under the mentorship of Yossef S. Ben-Porath. She completed her predoctoral internship at Patton State Hospital (Forensic Track). She now directs the all-undergraduate Clinical and Forensic Evaluation (CAFE) Lab at CSUMB, focusing especially on the utility of validity scales, and is passionate about helping undergraduates succeed in their career goals. She is honored to be part of the SPA community and appreciates the opportunities SPA offers to students who traditionally experience barriers to gaining research and clinically relevant experiences.

Kelci Davis

Kelci C. Davis (she/her) is a second-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at Sam Houston State University. She works under Dr. Jaime Anderson. Her research interests broadly include multicultural aspects of personality psychopathology and assessment, particularly in the gender and sexual minority community. Regarding clinical work, she is interested in therapeutic assessment, forensic assessment, and multicultural aspects of clinical work. Kelci's thesis, titled "The Role of Perceived Parental Acceptance-Rejection on Personality Psychopathology in Sexual Orientation Minorities," was published this year. Currently, she serves as a Member at Large in SPAGs and on various diversity committees.

Sarah Jaweed

I am a first year student in the clinical PsyD program at West Chester University. I work in Dr. Michael Roche's PATTERNS lab which investigates how traits (e.g. general personality dysfunction, narcissism, dependency, psychopathy) can impact human functioning in emotional and social domains experienced in daily life. My research interests lie in adolescent psychopathology, specifically looking at mood and other personality dysfunctions. Currently, I am investigating how psychological assessments can enhance clinical practices and the evaluation of personality disorders.

Tomoko Miwa

After studying psychology at San Francisco State University as an international student from Japan, she completed a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology of Alliant International University, Tokyo campus. As a translator/interpreter, she has worked closely with a group of psychologists in Tokyo, who comprise the Asian-Pacific Center for Therapeutic Assessment (ACTA) and Stephen Finn, Ph.D., the president of Therapeutic Assessment Institute. Tomoko is currently pursuing a PsyD at Graduate School of Professional Psychology, University of Denver.  Her clinical and research interests involve the intersections between perinatal health and health disparities experienced by marginalized population.

Taylor Rodriguez

Taylor Rodriguez is a third-year doctoral student at the University of Southern Mississippi. She completed her undergraduate and graduate (M.S. - Clinical Psychology) training at Augusta University. Taylor is primarily interested in traits (e.g., personality, sociodemographic variables) and preferences of clients and therapists as they relate to psychotherapy process and outcomes.

Dr. Agata Andò 

I am Agata Andò. I am currently a researcher associate at the University of Turin (Italy). My research interests lie in the field of psychopathology and psychological assessment. Specifically, I deal with Rorschach (R-PAS method) and other measures able to evaluate some psychological constructs related to emotional dysregulation (e.g., mental rumination). During the last few years, I have undertook and followed my research projects abroad increasing my knowledge about the field of personality assessment and neuroscience.

Dr. Emily Dowgwillo 

Dr. Emily Dowgwillo earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Pennsylvania State University. She joined the University of Detroit Mercy psychology department in 2020 after completing her clinical internship at Massachusetts General Hospital. She teaches psychology to undergraduate and graduate students and has been appointed the associate director of the department psychology clinic. Her program of research examines the between- and within-person assessment of co-occurring personality dysfunction, psychopathology and interpersonal dynamics in daily life.


Dr. Jennie Duchschere

Dr. Duchschere completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Arizona in 2020. She is currently a forensic psychology postdoctoral fellow with the Colorado Department of Human Services.


Dr. Dana Forman 

Dana graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2019, completing her pre-doctoral internship at the Federal Correctional Complex in Butner, North Carolina (forensic emphasis). She also completed an ABPP-approved postdoctoral fellowship in forensic psychology in 2020 with the Colorado Department of Human Services, Court Services Division. She currently remains with CDHS as a full-time forensic evaluator, while also continuing to research in many areas: offender rehabilitation, forensic best practices, and competency to stand trial.

Dr. Ryo Matsuda

Ryo Matsuda, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of Psychology at Chukyo University in Japan. He received his Ph.D. from Chukyo University a year ago for his research on the Rorschach test. His main research interest is the understanding of the Rorschach test through cognitive psychological findings and its clinical application. He has also worked as a clinical psychologist in a psychiatric clinic.

Dr. MazzaDr. Cristina Mazza 

I am a clinical psychologist with a proven training and experience in
psychodiagnosis and personality assessment. During the last three years I’ve been involved in lie detection research, that is an interesting area of application in which I was able to join my psychological, psychodiagnostics and statistical knowledges. I had the opportunity to deepen innovative and useful techniques to detect simulators such as mouse tracking and machine learning analysis. I’ve applied them in mental damage evaluation, parental skills assessment and in those forensic settings in which simulation, both in its faking-good and faking-bad forms, is widespread with alarming estimates of its prevalence.

Dr. Abby Mulay

Dr. Mulay is a licensed clinical psychologist and Clinical Instructor in the Community and Public Safety Psychiatry Division in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). She first earned a Bachelor's of Music in Jazz Voice Performance from the Manhattan School of Music and worked as a professional singer for several years in New York City. Dr. Mulay then obtained her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Long Island University (Brooklyn Campus). She completed her pre-doctoral internship in clinical psychology (forensic track) at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine/Federal Correctional Complex (Butner, NC). After internship, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical forensic psychology at MUSC. In her current role at MUSC, Dr. Mulay conducts forensic evaluations (e.g., competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, pre-employment/fitness for duty), supervises trainees in their forensic work, and delivers clinical services within the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC). She also maintains a small outpatient psychotherapy practice, where she uses an integrative approach, drawing upon the principles of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), as well as the relational psychodynamic tradition. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Mulay has several research projects underway examining issues related to forensic evaluation. She also studies the clinical utility of the Alternative DSM-5 Model for Personality Disorders (AMPD). Dr. Mulay was recently a co-editor of a book that outlines the use and research support of the AMPD, entitled, The DSM-5 Alternative Model for Personality Disorders: Integrating Multiple Paradigms of Personality Assessment. She is an active member of the Society for Personality Assessment and the American Psychology-Law Society, and she serves as a reviewer for several personality and criminal justice journals.

Dr. Stephen Pappalardo 

Dr. Pappalardo recently earned his doctorate at Fairleigh Dickinson University's Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program and completed an APA accredited pre-doctoral internship in Clinical Psychology at Hartford Hospital/The Institute of Living. He is currently in his second year of post-doctoral fellowship at a private practice specializing in Clinical Neuropsychology. Dr. Pappalardo has presented several posters at the American Psychiatric Association and Psychiatric Services annual conferences and co-authored several peer-reviewed journal articles. His current research interests include examining the predictive validity of personality and diagnostic measures and the construct validity of psychiatric disorders.

Eleonora Patriarca 

Eleonora Patriarca obtained her Master's Degree with honors in Clinical Psychology at the University of Rome "La Sapienza" and completed her post-graduate training in community mental health services for adults in Italy. In her previous positions, she worked as a Visiting Associate Fellow and Research Assistant at the University of Wollongong, Australia where she conducted scientific activities on themes concerning personality disorders. She is currently in private practice as a Clinical Psychologist in Rome, Italy.

Dr. Yoav Shimoni 

Yoav Shimoni is a clinical psychology postdoc fellow at the Boston Children's Hospital Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program (DHHP). His clinical and research interests pertain to psychodiagnostic testing and psychotherapy with deaf and hard of hearing children, teens, and families. He completed his internship at Harvard Medical School’s Cambridge Health Alliance. He holds a double major undergraduate degree in Psychology and Philosophy from the Open University of Israel, and received his doctorate from Roosevelt University. His dissertation, framed within Extended Mind Theory, consists of a series of validation studies on his original psychodiagnostic tool, the Social Extended Mind Inventory (SEMI).

Adam Anderson

Adam Anderson is a second-year P.hD Student at Alliant International University Fresno. He has worked as a mental health nurse for the previous 15 years. He has a bachelorettes degree in organizational leadership from Fresno Pacific University. He currently is in clinical training and conducting research on the Rorshach, conspiracy theory, and sexual attraction.


Chloe Bliton

My research has centered on refining the conceptualization of personality pathology, specifically, and psychopathology, more generally; understanding the association of interpersonal dynamics and personality pathology; and identifying dynamic mechanisms of dysfunction in personality pathology.



Leah Emery

Leah Emery is a second year graduate student at the University at Buffalo clinical psychology program under the mentorship of Dr. Leonard Simms. Prior to attending the University at Buffalo, she earned a Master's Degree from Wake Forest University, under the mentorship of Dr. William Fleeson. Her research interests include trait models of personality disorders and the relationship between normal and pathological range traits; the structure of hierarchical models of psychopathology and the clinical application of these models; and the psychometrics of self-report.


Aubrey Flanigan 

Aubrey Flanigan is a dual-degree doctoral student at Widener University’s Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology. Aubrey will be graduating in May 2021 with a doctorate in clinical psychology (Psy.D.) and Master of Business Administration in Health Care Management. Aubrey is currently completing her doctoral internship through Widener University in a rotation at The Centered Brain in King of Prussia, PA under the supervision of Dr. Kristin Van Doren, BCB, BCN. Aubrey is BCIA certified in general biofeedback and uses this in conjunction with traditional therapy techniques to help individuals cope with anxiety, stress management, and chronic pain. She is currently pursuing BCIA certification in neurofeedback to augment the education she has received from her internship training. After graduation, Aubrey plans to continue to integrate bio- and neurofeedback assessments and interventions with therapeutic techniques in order to assist clients in regulating their physiology and achieving their treatment goals.

Alexandra Halberstadt 

Alexandra Halberstadt (she/her) is a doctoral student working with Dr. Aaron Pincus at Penn State. Her interests lie in interpersonal conceptualizations of personality, specifically those that integrate the structure and process of personality (e.g., Contemporary Integrative Interpersonal Theory). Additionally, Alexandra is interested in integrating personality assessment into her clinical work and understanding the pathoplastic relationship between personality and pathology.


Mary Norris 

Mary Norris is a doctoral candidate in the clinical psychology program at Regent University and a psychology intern at the VA North Texas Health Care System. Her present research is exploring adolescent personality traits through the MMPI-A-RF Personality Psychopathology Five (PSY-5) Scales.



Olivia Tabaczyk 

Olivia is a third year Ph.D. student in clinical psychology at Palo Alto University, with particular interest in dynamic dyadic processes in psychotherapy, psychometric modeling, and personality. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Purdue University and a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Teachers College of Columbia University. Currently, she is a psychology trainee at Palo Alto VA Medical Center's First Step Recovery Program.


Brooke Tompkins




Kayla Spenard 

Kayla Spenard is a first-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Master’s Program at Sam Houston State University. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology: Criminal Justice from Reinhardt University in Waleska, Georgia. Her research interests include forensic assessment and interventions for preventing child sexual abuse. In her spare time, she loves to bake and practice yoga.



Arianna Della Vigna

Arianna Della Vigna, born in Como, Italy, on 17 December 1997.
She graduated in 2016 from the Liceo Classico "Alessandro Volta" in Como.
She holds a BA in Psychological Sciences and Techniques at the Bicocca University of Milan.
She is a Master student in Clinical Psychology at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan, Italy.
Currently she is conducting a research for the Master dissertation on Therapeutic Assessment.

Enrico Vitolo 

Born in Turin in 1988, I got a bachelor's in Psychological Techniques and Sciences in 2013, with a thesis named "The effects of gaze processing in the social cognition", reaching a degree of 106/110. In November 2015, I got a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology with a thesis named "Schizophrenia and white matter: a meta-analytic study on connectivity anomalies in the disease's development", reaching a degree of 110/110 cum laude. In October 2017, I started my Ph.D. program in Psychological, Anthropological, and Educational Sciences under the supervision of Prof. Alessandro Zennaro. During these years, I've studied psychopathology and personality assessment, practicing with the Rorschach test according to the R-PAS method. During the Ph.D. course, I've developed my actual interests in affective neuroscience theories. Indeed, my Ph.D. dissertation regards the neurobiological foundations of emotional and emotion regulation processes. I will discuss this final dissertation in April 2021.

Megan Whitman 

Megan Whitman is a 2nd year clinical psychology doctoral student at Kent State University. She is an active member of the MMPI Research Group under the mentorship of Yossef Ben-Porath. Her research interests include psychometrics and applied personality assessment in forensic settings as well as in preemployment evaluations of public safety candidates. She is particularly interested in the MMPI-2-RF and MMPI-3.