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The realm of psychopathology assessment is fascinating to me. Today I’m speaking with the developers of the SPECTRA Indices of Psychopathology, Dr. Mark Blais and Dr. Justin Sinclair, about their work to develop this measure over the last decade or so. They are kind enough to endure my naive questions about the measure and the assessment of psychopathology in general. Here are a few topics that we get into:
- The p factor (it’s okay if you don’t know what that is)
- Why a hierarchical model of psychopathology makes sense for clinicians and clients
- Nuts and bolts of the SPECTRA
- Clinical use cases for the SPECTRA
Cool Things Mentioned
- Code for one free SPECTRA admin: call PAR at 855.856.4266 and use code S-P-E-C
- SPECTRA white paper
- Buy the SPECTRA from PAR Inc.
- Lahey’s research discovering the p factor
- Testing Psychologist interview with Dr. Katherine Jonas on HiTOP
- Society for Personality Assessment
- APA Division 12 & Division 9
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About Dr. Mark Blais
Dr. Mark Blais is the Director of the Psychological Evaluation and Research Laboratory (the PEaRL) at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. His primary clinical and research interests are in psychological assessment, psychometrics, and scale development – and he has published widely in these areas (over 150 journal publications and book chapters, and several edited books).
About Dr. Justin Sinclair
Dr. Justin Sinclair is also a clinical psychologist specializing in psychological assessment, psychometrics, suicide and violence risk assessment, and scale development – with over 70 peer-reviewed journal publications and book chapters, and 6 books. He was fortunate to complete his internship and post-doctoral fellowship under Dr. Blais’ mentorship and served on the faculty of the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School for roughly a decade before going out into private practice in 2016. In private practice, he focuses on a range of clinical activities including conducting more traditional clinical assessments (in outpatient and inpatient contexts), screening evaluations of prospective clergy and those entering religious communities, fertility medicine evaluations, clinical trials consultation, and psychotherapy.
About Dr. Jeremy Sharp
I’m a licensed psychologist and Clinical Director at the Colorado Center for Assessment & Counseling, a private practice that I founded in 2009 and have grown to over 20 clinicians. I earned my undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina before getting my Master’s and PhD in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University. These days, I specialize in psychological and neuropsychological evaluation with kids and adolescents.
As the host of the Testing Psychologist Podcast, I provide private practice consulting for psychologists and other mental health professionals who want to start or grow psychological testing services in their practices. I live in Fort Collins, Colorado with my wife (also a therapist) and two young kids.
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