Using the MMPI-3 in Legal Settings

Tuesday, May 17, 2022
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
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Category: Training

Using the MMPI-3 in Legal Settings

May 17, 2022 | 3:00 - 4:00 pm | 1 CE Credit

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In this paper, we review the historical evolution of the MMPI instruments, consider the empirical foundations for its use in Forensic Mental Health Assessments (FMHAs) with particular emphasis on the applicability of MMPI-2-RF research to these evaluations, and identify ways in which the inventory can be effectively but also inappropriately used in these assessments. We also review appellate court decisions related to forensic uses of the MMPI and discuss implications for cross-examination on MMPI-3-based testimony, emphasizing the need for forensic practitioners to be familiar with the empirical research available to guide MMPI-3 use in FHMAs. We identify areas needing further research, including the utility of the test in assessments of persons of color, investigations of the applicability of MMPI-3 results in various specific forensic assessments and rehabilitative applications, and further research on implications of the new English and Spanish-language norms. Potential contributions of studies using the updated MMPI-3 scales in descriptive research on forensic populations are also discussed. We conclude that when used properly to assess for evidence of invalid responding that may affect FMHAs, or psychological functioning relevant to answering psycho-legal referral questions, the MMPI-3 rests on solid empirical foundations that can withstand the scrutiny inherent in forensic evaluations.

Goals and Objectives

  1. The empirical foundations for using the MMPI-3 in forensic mental health Assessments
  2. Potential challenges to MMPI-3-based testimony and how they can be addressed

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Yossef S. Ben-Porath, PhD, ABPP | Kent State University 
Kirk Heilbrun, PhD | Drexel University 
Madelena Rizzo | Drexel University 
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