The University of Minnesota Press Test Division Advisory Board is composed of five members who are researchers and /or clinical practitioners credentialed in personality assessment and knowledgeable in the application and interpretation of personality instruments, including the MMPI tests. They serve a three-year term, with reappointment possible, and elect a chair from their membership.
The board's responsibilities are to:
- work with the Test Division in setting research/development priorities, recommending activities that will support improvements in the instruments that are designed to increase their utility and expand their scope;
- advise the Test Division regarding the preparation and dissemination of requests for research/development proposals;
- review proposals submitted to the Test Division annually for its research / development program on all tests the Press publishes (currently, the MMPI-2-RF, MMPI-2, and the MMPI-A) as well as those in development (currently, the SNAP-2 and the MPQ) and recommend the proposals to be funded;
- review all proposed publications of the Test Division, including new instruments and major revisions of existing ones, products derived from the tests, as well as monographs reporting research on them. This may involve reviewing evaluations by ad hoc consultants whose expertise may be needed given the varied nature of the publications.
Dr. David Berry is a neuropsychologist with a long-standing interest in assessing brain dysfunction, psychopathology, and invalid approaches to self-report inventories as well as cognitive tests. He has been in the department of Psychology at the University of Kentucky since 1985, where he is currently Professor and Director of Graduate Studies.
Dr. Fischler earned his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1984. He is an adjunct assistant professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota. He is a Board Certified Specialist in Police and Public Safety Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). Dr. Fischler is a member of the executive boards of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Police Psychology Services Section (PPSS) and the American Board of Police & Public Safety Psychology (ABPPSP). Dr. Fischler's special interests relate to the interface between psychology, legal issues, and workplace concerns, and he offers independent medical exams (IMEs), pre-employment, promotional, and fitness-for-duty exams to public and private agencies. He has authored and co-authored several publications on these topics, including the use of the MMPI-2 and MMPI-2-RF. Dr. Fischler has served as a court appointed psychologist in Hennepin County and is past chair of the Ethics Committee the Minnesota Psychological Association. He is also past chair of the IACP PPSS Ethics Consultation Committee and the Fitness-for-Duty Evaluations (FFDE) Guidelines Revision Committee.
Thomas Joiner grew up in Georgia, went to college at Princeton, and received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. He is The Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology at Florida State University (FSU), Tallahassee, Florida. Dr. Joiner’s work is on the psychology, neurobiology, and treatment of suicidal behavior and related conditions. He is a consultant to NASA’s Human Research Program, the Editor-in-Chief of the journal /Suicide & Life-Threatening Behavior/, and the Director, with Pete Gutierrez, Ph.D., of the DoD-funded Military Suicide Research Consortium, a $30 million project. The effort was recently extended for a second five-year phase at a similar funding level. Dr. Joiner runs a part-time clinical and consulting practice specializing in suicidal behavior, including legal consultation on suits involving death by suicide. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife and two sons, the elder of whom is an FSU sophomore.