February 12, 2008
For immediate release
Dr. Steven R. Smith of the Gevirtz School at UC Santa Barbara has just published Personality Assessment (Routledge, 2008), with co-editor Robert P. Archer of the Eastern Virginia Medical School and Old Dominion University, a book designed with graduate-level clinical and counseling psychology programs in mind. This book provides an overview of the most popular self-report and performance-based personality assessment instruments, serving as an instructional text for courses in objective or projective personality assessment. It provides coverage of eight of the most popular assessment instruments used in the United States – from authors key in creating, or developing the research base for, these test instruments. The uniquely informed perspective of these leading researchers, as well as chapters on clinical interviewing, test feedback, and integrating test results into a comprehensive report, will offer students and clinicians a level of depth and complexity not available in other texts.
“Smith and Archer’s new edited text on personality assessment is an exceptional effort at conveying a comprehensive and critical review of contemporary personality assessment,” asserts Arnold L. Stolberg, Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training, Virginia Commonwealth University. “The authors utilize a consistent and balanced format of scientific critique and clinical procedure to discuss the wide range of current assessment strategies. Each chapter is thorough and objective in its review of the psychometric properties of the assessment measure. The practical utility of the text is maximized by the in-depth descriptions of administrative and interpretive procedures, clinical examples, and further readings.”
Dr. Steven R. Smith joined the faculty of the Gevirtz School as a member of the Department of Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology in July 2004. He directs the Psychology Assessment Center, a clinical research center that provides neuropsychological and personality assessment services to area children and adults. The Center serves as a research and clinical base from which to explore the psychometric correlates of various clinical disorders, both neurocognitive and psychological. Smith earned his B.A. from Beloit College and M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Arkansas. He completed an internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Following his post-doc, he stayed at MGH for two years, serving as Director of Consultation Neuropsychology and as a staff psychologist in the department of Child Psychiatry.
[Steve Smith is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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