SPAGS Awards

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

Year Outstanding Lifetime Contribution


R. Michael Bagby
2019 Judith Armstrong
2018 Thomas Widiger
2017 Leslie Morey
2016 Robert D. Hare
2015 John Graham
2014 Phebe Cramer
2013 Robert R. McCrae
2012 David Shapiro
2011 Stephen E. Finn
2010 Roger L. Greene
2009 Lewis R. Goldberg
2008 Leonard Handler
2007 Lorna Smith Benjamin
2006 Constance T. Fischer
2005 George Stricker
2004 James N. Butcher
2003 Alex Caldwell
2002 Jerry S. Wiggins
2001 Theodore Millon
2000 Auke Tellegen
1999 Jack Block
1998 David C. McClelland
1997 Joseph M. Masling
1996 Paul M. Lerner
1995  S. Philip Erdberg
1994 W. Grant Dahlstrom
1993  Jane Loevinger
1992 Lee J. Cronbach
1991 Leopold Bellak
1990 Charles D. Spielberger
1989 Sidney J. Blatt
1988 Wayne H. Holtzman
1987 Harrison G. Gough
1986 Walter G. Klopfer
1985 Stephen A. Appelbaum
1984 Richard H. Dana
1983 Irving B. Weiner
1982 Gordon F. Derner
1981 Martin Mayman
1980  John E. Exner, Jr.
1979 Paul E. Meehl
1978  Roy Schafer
1977 Albert I. Rabin
1976 Edwin S. Schneidman
1975 Silvan S. Tomkins
1974 Louise Bates Ames
1973 William E. Henry
1972 Molly R. Harrower
1971 Zygmunt A. Piotrowski
1970 Marguerite R. Hertz
1969 Robert R. Holt
1967 Henry A. Murray
1966 Bruno Klopfer
1965 Samuel G. Beck

The SAMUEL J. and ANNE G. BECK AWARD is bestowed annually for outstanding early career research in the field of personality assessment. The cash award is presented at the Annual Meeting.

Year Outstanding Early Research
2020  Michael Roche
2019 Ryan Marek
2018 Aidan Wright
2017 Nicole Cain
2016 J.D. Smith
2015 Dustin B. Wygant
2014 Michelle B. Stein
2013  Jennifer L. Tackett
2012 James Hoelzle
2011 Christopher J. Hopwood
2010 Matthew R. Baity
2009 Martin Sellbom
2008 Leonard J. Simms
2007 Jon Elhai
2006 Richard W. Handel
2005 Steven R. Smith
2004 Mary L. Cashel
2003 John L. McNulty
2002 Joni L. Mihura
2001 Harold Janson
2000 Radhika Krishnamurthy
1999 B. Christopher Frueh
1998 J. Christopher Fowler
1997 Margot Holaday
1996 Yossef S. Ben-Porath
1995 Seth Kalichman
1994 Carl Gacono
1993 No Award Given
1992 Stephen R. Hibbard
1991 Gregory Meyer
1991 Michael Sperling
1990 John C. Parmer
1989 G. M. Le-Xuan-Hy, SJ
1988 Patricia Thomas
1987 Richard D. Lennox
1986 Sheila M. Coonerty
1985 Arnold Wilson

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

Year Recipient(s) Outstanding Statistically-Based Research Article
2019 Nicole Cain, Kevin Meehan, Michael Roche, John Clarkin, Dhiara DePanfills Effortful Control and Interpersonal Behavior in Daily Life
2018 Tom Schmitt, Daniel Sass, Wayne Chappelle, Bill Thompson Selecting the "Best" Factor Structure and Moving Measurement Validation Forward: An Illustration
2017 R. Michael Furr, Anna Hartley A Profile Based Framework for Factorial Similarity and the Congruence Coefficient
2016 Anthony Rodriquez, Steven P. Reise, Mark G. Haviland Applying Bifactor Statisticl Indices in the Evaluation of Psychological Measures
2016 M. Brent Donnellan, Robert A. Ackerman, Courtney Brecheen Extending Structural Analyses of the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale to Consider Criterion-Related Validity: Can Composite Self-Esteem Scores be Good Enough
2015  James M. Graham, Marta S. Unterschute A Reliability Generalization Meta-Analysis of Self-Report Measures of Adult Attachment
2014 Justin D. Smith, Mark J. Van Ryzin, J. Christopher Fowler, Leonard Handler Predicting Response to Intensive Multimodal Inpatient Treatment: A Comparison of Single- and Multi-Class Growth Modeling Approaches
2013 Janine N. Galione, Thomas Oltmanns Identifying Personality Pathology Associated with Major Depressive Episodes: Incremental Validity of Informant Reports
2012 Paul D. Trapnell, Delroy L. Paulhus Agentic and Communal Values: Their Scope and Measurement
2011 Leslie C. Morey, Han Berghuis, Donna S. Bender, Roel Verheul, Robert F. Krueger, Andrew E. Skodol Toward a Model for Assessing Level of Personality Functioning in DSM-5, Part II: Empirical Articulation of a Core Dimension of Personality Pathology
2010 Joshua D. Miller, Jessica Maples,Lauren R. Few, Jennifer Q. Morse,Kirsten E. Yaggi, Paul A. Pilkonis Using Clinician-Related Five-Factor Model Data to Score the DSM-IV Personality Disorders
2009 Sandra Horn, Gregory J. Meyer, Joni L. Mihura Impact of Card Rotation on the Frequency of Rorschach Reflection Responses
2008 Tam K. Dao, Frances Prevatt, Heather Leveta Horne Differentiating psychotic patients from nonpsychotic patients with the MMPI-2 and the Rorschach. JPA, 90
2007 Richard A. Grucza, Lewis R. Goldberg The comparative validity of 11 modern personality inventories: predictions of behavioral acts, informant reports, and clinical indicators. JPA, 89
2006 Virginia Blankenship, Christopher M. Vega, Erica Ramos, Katherine Romero, Kenneth Warren, Kathleen Keenan, Valery Rosenow, Jennifer Rebarchik, Amanda Sullivan Using the multifaceted Rasch model to improve the TAT/PSE measure of need for achievement. JPA, 86
2005 Nicole M. Dudley, Lynn A. McFarland, Scott A. Goodman, Steven T. Hunt, and Eric J.Sydell Racial differences in socially desirable responding in selection contexts: Magnitude and consequences. JPA, 85
2005 Dawne S. Vogt and C. Randall Colvin Assessment of accurate self-knowledge. JPA, 84
2004 Cato Gronnerod Rorschach assessment of changes following psychotherapy: A meta-analytic review. JPA, 83
2003 Constance J. Jones, Norman Livson and Harvey Peskin Longitudinal hierarchical linear modeling analyses of California Psychological Inventory data from age 33 to 75: An examination of stability and change in adult personality. JPA, 80
2002 Linda S. Grossman, Orest E. Wasyliw, Andrea F. Benn, and Kevin L. Gyoerkoe Can sex offenders who minimize on the MMPI conceal psychopathology on the Rorschach? JPA, 78
2001 Steven R. Smith, Matthew R. Baity, Eric S. Knowles, and Mark J. Hilsenroth Assessment of disordered thinking in children and adolescents: The Rorschach Perceptual-Thinking Index. JPA, 77
2000 Jabbar Hicklin and Thomas A. Widiger Convergent validity of alternative MMPI-2 personality disorder scales. JPA, 75
1999 Gregory Meyer, Mark Bates, and Carl Gacono The Rorschach Rating Scale: Item adequacy, scale development, and relations with the Big Five Model of personality. JPA, 73
1998 Robert F. Bornstein mplicit and self-attributed dependency needs in dependent and histrionic personality disorders. JPA, 71
1997 Gregory J. Meyer and Leonard Handler The ability of the Rorschach to predict subsequent outcome: A meta-analysis of the Rorschach Prognostic Rating Scale. JPA, 69
1996 Gregory J. Meyer Construct validation of scales derived from the Rorschach method: A review of issues and introduction to the Rorschach Rating Scale. JPA, 67
1996 Lewis R. Goldberg, Dennis Sweeney, Peter F. Merenda, and John Edward Hughes, Jr. The Big-Five factor structure as an integrative framework: An analysis of Clarke's AVA model. JPA, 66
1995 Allan H. Frankle A new method for detecting brain disorder by measuring perseveration in personality responses. JPA, 64
1994 Robert F. Bornstein, Stephanie C. Rosser,Eric L. Hill, and Marianne L. Stepanian Face validity and fakability of objective and projective measures of dependency. JPA, 63
1993 Hedy Singer and Virginia Brabender The use of the Rorschach to differentiate unipolar and bipolar disorders. JPA, 60
1992 Joyanna L. Silberg and Judith G. Armstrong The Rorschach test for predicting suicide among depressed adolescent inpatients. JPA, 59
1991 Marvin Acklin, James Bibb, Pam Boyer, and Vijay Jain Early memories as expressions of relationship paradigms: A preliminary investigation. JPA, 57
1990 Jeremy P. Shapiro, Myra Leifer, Mary W. Martone, and Layla Kassem Multimethod assessment of depression in sexually abused girls. JPA, 55
1990 Alfred Heilbrun Differentiation of death-row murderers and life-sentence murderers by antisociality and intelligence measures. JPA, 54
1989 John E. Exner, Jr. Searching for projection in the Rorschach. JPA, 53
1988 David L. Pancoast, Robert P. Archer, and Raymont A. Gordon The MMPI and clinical diagnosis: A comparison of classification system outcomes with discharge diagnoses. JPA, 52
1987 David Lachar, Rex B. Kline, and Charles L. Gdowski Respondent psychopathology and interpretive accuracy of the Personality Inventory for Children: The evaluation of a "most reasonable" assumption. JPA, 51
1986 Richard Farmer and Norman D. Sundberg Boredom proneness: The development and correlates of a new scale. JPA, 50

The MARTIN MAYMAN AWARD is bestowed annually 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 Journal of Personality Assessment Editor asks all Consulting Editors to nominate outstanding articles from the previous year, each of which are then rated by the Editor and Associate Editors.

Year Recipient(s) Outstanding Case Study, Qualitative Research Project, or Theoretical Development
2019 Thomas Widiger Criterion A of the AMPD in HiTOP
2018 Robert Archer Limitations in the Prediction of Mass Violence: Cautionary Tales
2017 Robert F. Bornstein Evidence-Based Psychological Assessment
2016 Pierro Porcelli, James Kleiger The "Feeling of Movement":Notes on the Rorschach Human Movement Response
2015 Craig Rodgireuz-Sejas, Nicholas Eaton, Robert Krueger How Transdiagnostic Factors of Personality and Psychopathology Can Inform Clinical Assessment and Intervention
2014 Allan R. Harkness, Shannon Reynolds, Scott O. Lilienfeld A Review of Systems for Psychology and Psychiatry: Adaptive Systems, Personality Psychopathology Five (PSY-5), and the DSM-5
2013 Anthony D. Bram Psychological Testing and Treatment Implications: We Can Say More
2012 Robert F. Bornstein Rorschach Score Validation as a Model for 21st-Century Personality Assessment
2012 Justin D. Smith, Filippo Aschieri The Effectiveness of Therapeutic Assessment with an Adult Client: A Single-Case Study Using a Time-Series Design
2011 Stephen E. Finn Journeys through the Valley of Death: Multimethod Psychological Assessment and Personality Transformation in Long-Term Psychotherapy
2010 Bridget A. Rivera, Donald J. Viglione Conceptualization of Children’s Interpersonal Relatedness with the Rorschach: A Qualitative Multiple Case Study
2010 Anthony D. Bram The Relevance of the Rorschach and Patient-Examiner Relationship in Treatment Planning and Outcome Assessment
2009 Justin D. Smith, Nicole Wolf, Leonard Handler, Michael Nash Testing the Effectiveness of Family Therapeutic Assessment: A Case Study Using a Time Series Design
2008 Robert E. McGrath The Rorschach in the context of performance-based personality assessment. JP, 90
2007  Steven K. Huprich, Robert F. Bornstein An overview of issues related to the categorical and dimensional models of personality disorder assessment. JPA, 89
2006 David S. Nichols Tell me a story: MMPI responses and personal biography in the case of a serial killer. JPA, 86
2005 Robert E. McGrath Conceptual complexity and construct validity. JPA, 85
2004 James R. Allen, Richard H. Dana Methodological issues in cross-cultural and multicultural Rorschach research. JPA, 82
2003 Stephen E. Finn Therapeutic assessment of a man with "ADD". JPA, 80
2002 Mary Jo Peebles-Kleiger Elaboration of some sequence analysis strategies: Examples and guidelines for level of confidence. JPA, 79
2002 Robert F. Bornstein A process dissociation approach to objective-projective test score interrelationships. JPA, 78
2001 Robert E. McGrath Toward more clinically relevant assessment research. JPA, 77
2000 Carol Groves Overton A relational interpretation of the Rorschach color determinants. JPA, 75
2000 Constance T. Fischer Collaborative, individualized assessment. JPA, 74
2000  Irving B. Weiner Making Rorschach interpretation as good as it can be. JPA, 74
1999 Robert Craig Testimony based on the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory: Review, commentary, and guidelines. JPA, 73

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. The presenter also invites two other members to join in relating anecdotes of their personal contact with the honoree.

Year Outstanding Lifetime Contribution
2020 No Award given.
2019 Jed Yalof, Anthony Bram, James Kleiger and Jeremy Ridenour in memory of Roy Shafer
2018 Noreen M. Webb in memory of Lee Cronbach
2017 A. Jill Clemence, Justin D. Smith, Stephen E. Finn and Barbara Handler in memory of Leonard Handler
2016 John S. Auerbach, Kenneth N. Levy, and David C. Zuroff in memory of Sidney Blatt
2015 Steven S. Strack, James P. Choca, Theo Jolosky, and Seth Grossman honoring Theodore Millon
2014 Sarah McClelland McMullin, Joel Weinberger, Bruce L. Smith honoring David McClelland
2013 Howard Lerner, Brett Lerner, Gene Nebel, Martin Leichtman in memory of Paul Lerner
2012 Susana Urbina, David Chabot, Kurt Geisinger honoring Anne Anastasi
2011 David Funder, Daniel Ozer, and Susan Block honoring Jacob “Jack” Block
2010 Le X. Hy, Michael B. Weissman, and P. Michiel Westenberg honoring Jane Loevinger
2009 Donald J. Viglione, Barry Ritzler, Irving B. Weiner, Hertz Memorial Presentation in memory of John E. Exner, Ph.D.
2008 Stephen N. Strack, Aaron L. Pincus, David S. Nichols. Hertz Memorial Presentation in memory of Jerry S. Wiggins, Ph.D.
2007 Robert P. Archer, David Lachar, Abigail Panter honoring W. Grant Dahlstrom, with special guests, Mrs. Leona Dahlstrom, Eric Dahlstrom, and Amy Dahlstrom
2006 Steven N. Strack honoring Timothy Leary
2005 Bertram Karon honoring Silvan S. Tomkins
2004 Leslie J. Yonce, William M. Grove, and Neils G. Waller honoring Paul Everett Meehl
2003 Herbert W. Eber, Richard L. Gorruch, and R. G. G. "Rick" Cattell honoring Raymond B. Cattell
2002 Alex Caldwell honoring Starke Hathaway with special guests Grant and Leona Dahlstrom
2001 Barry Ritzler and Eric A. Zillmer honoring Molly R. Harrower with special guest Jacqueline Goldman
2000 Paul Lerner honoring Martin Mayman with special guests Stephen Appelbaum and Jeffrey Urist
1999 Halina Piotrowski honoring Zygmunt Piotrowski with special guests Barry Bricklin, Patricia Bricklin, and Clifford DeCato
1998 Catherine "Nina" Murray, Robert Holt and Morris Stein honoring Henry Murray
1997 Charles Peterson honoring Ernest Schachtel
1996 Martin Spiegelman and Frederick Klopfer honoring Bruno Klopfer
1995 Martin Mayman honoring David Rapaport
1994 Sidney Blatt honoring Samuel Beck
1993 John E. Exner, Jr. honoring Marguerite Hertz

The MARY S. CERNEY AWARD is given annually to the best personality assessment research paper submitted by a student. This award carries a stipend to defray the cost of attending the Annual meeting. See the SPA Graduate Student page (SPAGS) for more information.

Year Recipient(s) Outstanding Student Paper
2020 Benjamin N. Johnson Identifying Unstable and Empty Phenotypes of Borderline Personality Through Factor Mixture Modeling in a Large Non-Clinical Sample
2019 Abby Mulay Personality Constructs and Paradigms in the Alternative DSM-5 Model of Personality Disorder
2018 Trevor Williams The Construct Validity of General and Specific Dimensions of Personality Pathology
2017 Zara Wright Genetic and Environmental Influences on DSM-5 Maladaptive Personality Traits and their Connections with Normative Personality Traits
2016 Jaime Anderson Measurement of DSM-5 Section II Personality Disorder Constructs Using the MMPI-2-RF in Clinical and Forensic Samples
2015 Ryan J. Marek Predicting One and Three Month Postoperative Somatic Concerns, Psychological Distress, and Maladaptive Eating Behaviors in Bariatric Surgery Candidates with the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF)
2014 Mark R. Lukowitsky Interpersonal Perception of Pathological Narcissism: A Social Analysis
2013 Carlo O.C. Veltri Does the Disorder Matter? Investigating a Moderating Effect on Coached Non-Credible Over-Reporting Using the MMPI-2 and PAI
2012 Luciano Giromini The Feeling of Movement: EEG Evidence for Mirroring Activity during the Observation of Static, Ambiguous Stimuli in the Rorschach Cards
2011 Justin D. Smith Therapeutic Assessment for Preadolescent Boys with Oppositional Defiant Disorder: A Replicated Single-Case Time-Series Design
2010 Aidan G. C. Wright Integrating Methods to Optimize Circumplex Description and Comparison of Groups
2009 James B. Hoelzle  The invariant component structure of the Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI) full scales
2008 Gudrun Opitz, Ph.D. Cross-Method discrepancy of the Rorschach and MMPI-2: Associations with ego development inan inpatient setting.
2007 Jarrod S. Steffan Effect of Symptom Information and Intelligence in Dissimulation: An Examination of Faking Response Styles by Inmates on the Basic Personality Inventory
2006 Samuel J. Liebman Reliability and Validity of Rorschach Aggression Variables with a Sample of Adjudicated Adolescents
2005 Martin Sellbom Assessing Psychopathic Personality Traits with the MMPI-2
2004 No Award Given
2003 Peter D. Heinze The Relation Between Psychopathy and Ethics Among MBA Students
2002 John V. Petrocelli Personality Characteristics of Depressed Adults: Evidence of Four Distinct Subtypes of Affect
2001 Sara M. Gerard  A Rorschach Study of Interpersonal Disturbance in Priest Child Molesters
2000 Carol Groves Overton A relational interpretation of the Rorschach color determinants. JPA, 75
2000 Erik Sprohge A Rorschach Study of Oral Dependence in Alcoholics and Depressives
2000 Irving B. Weiner  Making Rorschach interpretation as good as it can be. JPA, 74
1999 Robert K. Welsh Psychopathy and Psychological Risk Markers of Violent Recidivism
1998 James Loving, Jr. Selected Rorschach Variables of Psychopathic Male Juvenile Offenders
1997 Anne McKee The Manifestation of Post-Traumatic Distress on the MMPI-2

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.

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Year Recipient(s)
2020 Ryan Marek
2019 Jason Michael Smith
2018 Jaime Anderson
2017 Danielle Burchett
2016 Liat Appel
2015 Ruth Zeligman
2013  Justin D. Smith
2012 Jennifer L. Tackett
2011 Christopher J. Hopwood
2010 Dustin B. Wygant (Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY)

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.

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Year Recipient(s)
2021 Virginia Brabender  Widener University
2020 Bruce Smith University of California, Berkeley
2019 Radhika Krishnamurthy Florida Institute of Technology