Personality Assessment

Course Details

Course Number
PSYC 6143
Section Number
PSYC 6143
Fall 2014
Prothro-Yeager Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times


PSYC 6143

Techniques of Assessment II (Personality Assessment)

Fall, 2014


Paul C. Guthrie, Ph.D.


Phone:  397-4178






Groth-Marnat, G.  (2009).  Handbook of psychological assessment (5th

                        ed).  Hoboken, NJ:  Wiley.


Graham, J. R. (2011).  MMPI-2:  Assessing personality and

                        psychopathology (5th  ed).  New York: Oxford University Press.


Course Description:  This course deals with the administration, scoring, interpretation, integration and synthesis of personality assessment approaches and instruments.  We will be covering a variety of techniques and instruments, each of which is widely used in psychological practice.  Mastery of these approaches and instruments is extremely important in your development as a psychologist.


This is a mastery course; as such, there are no exams or term papers.  The emphasis will be on your developing at least minimal competence in all content areas.  Minimal competence includes writing skills in addition to scoring, interpretation, etc.  Over the course of this semester, you will be writing seven reports (tentatively).  Some of these will consist of interpretations of single instruments, while others will require integration and synthesis of multiple instruments. You will be required to achieve a grade of at least “OK” on each report; if you fail to achieve an “OK” grade, you will be required to rewrite the report until you do so.  As a result, you will be guaranteed an “A” in the course, assuming you turn in all reports on time.  Late reports will not be accepted.


Tentative Reading and Report Schedule


Week 1 (8/25, 8/27)  Overview/Introduction to Personality Assessment

            G-M:  Chapters 1 & 2


Week 2 ( 9/3) Report Writing

             G-M:  Chapter 15




Week 3 (9/8, 9/10) Clinical Interviews, Behavioral Assessment, Mental Status Exams

            G-M:  Chapters 3 & 4


Week 4  (9/15, 9/17)  Introduction to the MMPI-2 

            G-M:  Chapter 7

            Graham, Chapters 1, 2 & 9


Week 5 (9/22, 9/24)  Interpretive Strategies

            Graham: Chapters 3, 4 & 5

            Report 1 due 9/24:  Interview, Mental Status Exam


Week 6  (9/29, 10/1)  Advanced Interpretation

            Graham: Chapters 6 & 8


Week 7  (10/6, 10/8)  Special Groups & Computerized Administration

            Graham: Chapters 10 & 12


Week 8  (10/13, 10/15) Interpretive Exercises

            Graham: Chapters 7 & 14

            Report 2 due 10/15:  MMPI-2


Week 9  (10/20, 10/22)  MMPI-A 

            Graham: Chapter 15

            Report 3 due 10/22:  MMPI-2


Week 10  (10/27, 10/29)  Psychodynamic Interpretation of the MMPI

            Trimboli & Kilgore article (on reserve)

            Report 4 due 10/29:  MMPI-A


Week 11  (11/3, 11/5)  PAI, MCMI-III, NEO-PI-R

            Readings on reserve

            G-M: Chapter 8

            Report 5 due 11/5:  MMPI-2 or MMPI-A, psychodynamic interpretation


Week 12  (11/10, 11/12) 

            Interpretive Exercises

            No assigned readings

            No class on 11/12


Week 13  (11/17, 11/19) Thematic Apperception , Projective Drawings

            G-M:  Chapter 11

            Report 6 due 11/19: PAI


Week 14 – No classes – Thanksgiving Holiday


Week 15(12/1, 12/3)   Interpretive Exercises

            No assigned readings

Report 7 due 12/3 (Integrated):  Full battery - Clinical Interview and MSE, MMPI-2 or MMPI-A and Projectives


Final re-writes due by 5:00 p.m., Monday 12/8.


Final copies of papers will be available by 12:00 p.m., Friday, 12/12.


Please note that this schedule is tentative, and other readings may be assigned.


Over this semester, you will be required to at least one adolescent (ages 13 - 18), but you may up to three.  Your other subjects should be 18 or older, and should not be friends or family members.  I strongly suggest that each of you develop a pool of subjects which you then share with your peers.  No feedback will be given to your subjects.  Parental permission forms will be required for adolescent subjects.  All reports must be typewritten and double spaced.  Each report will be accompanied by the appropriate profile sheets and a copy of your working notes for interpretation.


Attendance Policy: You are expected to attend class; failure to do so will reflect on your commitment and professionalism.  Beyond that, considerable time will be spent on interpretive exercises in class, and this is a crucial component of this course.

Dr. Paul C. Guthrie (view Profile)


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Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

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