Interest Groups provide SPA members an opportunity to interact with other members who are engaged in personality assessment in similar venues. Interest Groups support the mission of SPA by fostering participation around similar interests and facilitate member’s networking and mutual support. Please see below for additional information by topic. For more information on each group, feel free to contact the Interest Group leaders listed below. Email links are included for your convenience. Consider joining a group today to stay informed of the latest developments in the field!
Increase exposure to personality assessment throughout the psychology education lifespan!(Learn More)
The mission of this interest group is to improve the quality of assessment training and supervision in the field of psychology, through improving and disseminating resources, promoting best practices, and advocating for rigor. Members of this interest group include academic and field-based trainers, supervisors, students, and clinicians. Topics addressed include bridging the gap between what is being taught in graduate programs and expectations for internship, licensure, and future practice; how to best assess competency during training; and how to best support those teaching and supervising assessment given the similarities and differences of graduate programs. Finally, the group will also make an effort to increase exposure to personality assessment throughout the psychology education lifespan, from undergraduate through postgraduate settings.
A. Jordan Wright, Ph.D., ABAP
Director, Center for Counseling and Community Wellbeing
Steinhardt School of Education, Culture, and Human Development
New York University
Ryan Tobiasz, Psy.D.
Department Chair of Forensic Psychology
Department Chair of Counseling Psychology
Associate Professor, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Washington, DC Campus
A collaborative community of assessors, promoting connections and friendships!(Learn More)
The Collaborative/Therapeutic Assessment (CTA) interest group offers the opportunity to meet with assessors thinking about, working to develop, and practicing this approach to psychological assessment and intervention. Developments, training and learning opportunities, ideas, research efforts and findings, and marketing issues involving CTA, as well as the successes and challenges our members experience, are central topics of discussion. This interest group offers support to those on the cutting edge as well as those just learning CTA and it fosters a collaborative community of assessors, promoting connections and friendships. Everyone is welcome! Students and assessors new to CTA are especially valued.
A focused opportunity to discuss their interests in psychoanalytic approaches to personality assessment!(Learn More)
The mission of the Psychoanalytic Interest Group is to provide SPA members with a focused opportunity to discuss their interests in psychoanalytic approaches to personality assessment and to create a network of professionals to support each other's education, writing, and research. The group supports the mission of the SPA Board of Trustees by fostering membership interest in these topics, and by providing resources to support direct clinical service, supervision, teaching, and research. Recent initiatives have included collating a biannual summary of members' interests and initiatives, and we are working on developing a list of significant publications that one might consult to learn and teach about this approach to assessment. The group also encourages scientific presentations, posters, continuing education workshops, and publications that integrate psychoanalytic theory with personality assessment. We welcome all colleagues to join us, particularly graduate students and early career psychologists seeking support in integrating their psychoanalytic and assessment interests.
Anthony Bram, PhD, ABAP
Private Practice, Lexington, MA
Lecturer in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, Part-time, Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School
Faculty, Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute
Foster international exchange and collaboration on psychological assessment!(Learn More)
This group aims to foster international exchange and collaboration on psychological assessment, in terms of education, policy, research and clinical practice. Another important goal is to develop strategies to facilitate the attendance of international students and members to the SPA Annual Meeting, other meetings and workshops. This committee also works to help members integrate their interests into SPA symposia, presentations and publications. In these ways, the interest group would like to increase SPA’s international focus.
Corine de Ruiter, PhD
Professor of Forensic Psychology
Department of Clinical Psychological Science
Maastricht University, The Netherlands
Alessandro Crisi, Psy.D. – Italy
Professor of Clinical Assessment at Sapienza University, Rome
Founder and President of the Italian Institute of Wartegg, Rome
Consultant for Armed Forces of Italy
Share health psychology assessment experiences and the role of personality assessment in medical settings!(Learn More)
The mission of the Health Psychology interest group is to provide SPA members (including students) with an opportunity to discuss their interests and experiences (direct service, supervisory, and research) of psychological and personality assessment in medical settings. These settings include general hospitals, primary care clinics (family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics, and pediatrics), and specialty clinics (cardiology, surgery, physical medicine & rehab, neurology, oncology, etc.). The interest group will discuss the role of personality assessment in medical settings, share health psychology assessment experiences, distribute a list of health psychology references, and plan for future SPA symposiums focusing on assessment in medical settings.
Developing interest and momentum for the implementation of forensic psychology and personality assessment!(Learn More)
The mission of the FIG is developing interest and momentum for the implementation of forensic psychology and personality assessment within the scope of SPA’s overall mission and to disseminate findings to the membership and SPA Board: to develop membership and Board interests and resources, support forensically-relevant publications in JPA, forensic psychology presentations at Annual Conventions, and continuing education workshops. Starting in 2016, a presentation of topical interest to participants will be presented every year.
Membership in SPA offers many benefits - Subscription to the Journal of Personality Assessment, Research, Advocacy, Interest Groups, Exchange Newsletter, Annual Convention and more!
Receive 6 Issues of the prestigious JPA Journal each year.
The American Psychological Association (APA) officially recognizes Personality Assessment as a Proficiency in Professional Psychology. SPA has taken lead role in developing and implementing Personality Assessment Proficiency
Ask your favorite personality assessor what the biggest personality assessment convention is, and he/she will tell you it's the Annual Convention of the Society for Personality Assessment. Ask him/her what the best personality assessment convention is, and he/she will tell you it's the Annual Convention of the Society for Personality Assessment, held every March in a different city.
Each April, candidates statements and a Ballot for electing new members to the Board of Trustees is made available to Members, Fellows, Life Members or Life Fellows by the Nominations and Elections Committee. The persons elected to the Board take office in September.
The Society for Personality Assessment YouTube channel offers full-length lectures from past annual conventions and expert speakers in the field of personality assessment. A great resource to expand your knowledge.
How Therapeutic Assessment Works: Theory and Techniques - Presented by Stephen E. Finn, PhD. In this webinar, Dr. Stephen Finn, the main developer of Therapeutic Assessment, will explain the techniques of TA and how they relate to TA’s underlying theory of client change. This session is particularly suited to those who are new to TA, including graduate students, or who wish to deepen their understanding of its therapeutic mechanisms.