173. Journey to the MMPI-3 w/ Dr. Yossi Ben-Porath

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Dr. Yossi Ben-Porath is here with me today talking about the MMPI through the ages. As someone involved with the MMPI for nearly 30 years, first as a graduate student and later as a co-developer, Yossi has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share. For those of you using the MMPI measures or just doing personality assessment, you don’t want to miss this one. Here are just a few things we talk about during the episode:

  • Yossi’s story and how he came to be involved with the MMPI measures
  • The origins of the MMPI and evolution over the last several decades
  • Emotional and practical considerations during the MMPI-2-RF development and release
  • Updates and improvements in the MMPI-3

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About Dr. Yossi Ben-Porath

Yossef Ben-Porath, PhD, ABPP, is a Professor of Psychological Sciences at Kent State University and a board certified Clinical Psychologist. He received his doctoral training at the University of Minnesota and has been involved extensively in MMPI research for the past 35 years.

Dr. Ben-Porath is a co-developer of the MMPI-3, MMPI-2-RF, and MMPI-A-RF and co-author of numerous test manuals, books, book chapters, and articles on the MMPI instruments. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of the journals Psychological Assessment and Assessment, and as a member of APA’s Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessment.

Dr. Ben-Porath’s clinical practice involves supervision of assessments at Kent State’s Psychological Clinic and consultation to agencies that screen candidates for public safety positions. He also provides consultation and expert witness services in forensic cases.

About Dr. Jeremy Sharp

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 grew to include nine licensed clinicians, three clinicians in training, and a full administrative staff. 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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  1. Thank you for bringing this interview to us. Nicely done. I would like to hear more from Dr. Ben-Porath’s on the clinical uses of the MMPI-3 and how it relates to ICD-10 diagnoses

    1. Thanks for attending, Dr. Goetze. Our interpretive guidelines include diagnostic considerations for most of the MMPI-3 substantive scales.

  2. Does this podcast address the false negatives found in the MMPI-2RF application by the FAA? As the FAA now refuses to use this instrument in favor of the MMPI-2, I would like clarification as to how, if at all, the MMPI-3 addresses this issue.

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      Hi Ellen – we don’t specifically talk about applications with the FAA, but we do get into improvements of the MMPI-3 over the MMPI-2-RF. I’ll try to get Yossi to reply here on this post as well.

    2. Dr. Stein,

      The FAA’s assertions about false negatives on the MMPI-2-RF are incorrect. The FAA is also an outlier in its appraisal of the MMP-2-RF. Other U.S. federal agencies require or permit use of the MMPI-2-RF in personnel assessment, and some are transitioning to the MMPI-3. Among these are the Departments of Defense (and its aviation community), Energy, State, and Veterans Affairs, as well as the FBI, numerous intelligence community agencies, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Marshals, U.S. Mint, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The largest police agencies in the U.S. (e.g., NYPD, LAPD, Chicago PD) routinely use the MMPI-2-RF. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police and several Canadian provincial police services use or require the MMPI-2-RF. Several airlines in English-speaking countries outside the U.S. use the MMPI-2-RF in pilot candidate screening.

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