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Paul A. Arbisi, Ph.D., ABAP, ABPP, Minneapolis VA Healthcare System

Arbisi newDr. Paul A. Arbisi is a staff clinical psychologist at the Minneapolis VA Healthcare System and Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Arbisi has co-authored a number of scales contained on the MMPI-2 and MMPI-2 RF and has published extensively on the use of the MMPI-2/MMPI-2-RF in evaluating trauma-exposed veterans.   Additionally, Dr. Arbisi is a co-investigator on a number of federally funded longitudinal studies examining predictors of risk and resilience in National Guard soldiers and their families.  Dr. Arbisi also conducts a private practice specializing in disability evaluations. 

Robert Archer, Ph.D., ABPP, Bay Forensic Psychology & Eastern Virginia Medical School 

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Dr. Robert P. Archer was the Frank Harrell Redwood Distinguished Professor and Director of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, at the Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia and he is currently a member of the Bay Forensic Psychology group in Virginia. Dr. Archer is the author of numerous books, articles and book chapters related to psychological assessment, including Using the MMPI with Adolescents (1987) and Assessing Adolescent Psychopathology: MMPI-A/MMPI-A-RF (4th edition) (2017). He is co-editor of the second editions of Forensic Uses of Clinical Assessment Instruments (2013) and Personality Assessment (2014), and co-author of the MMPI-A Casebook (PAR, 1994). Dr. Archer served on the advisory committee to the University of Minnesota Press for the development of the MMPI-A, is a co-author of the MMPI-A manual, and co-author of the MMPI-A-RF (Restructured Form). He is an Executive Board member and Diplomate of the American Board of Assessment Psychology, and President Elect of the Society for Personality Assessment.

R. Michael Bagby, Ph.D., University of Toronto and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto

R. Michael Bagby, Ph.D.Dr. R. Michael Bagby’s research is focused primarily on the role of personality in the formation and shape and onset of psychopathology, including anxiety disorders, disorders of mood, pathological gambling, and somatization disorders. He is also interested in personality and treatment outcome, with a focus on personality as a predictor in response to different types of interventions (e.g., cognitive therapy vs. pharmacotherapy) in the treatment of major depression. In addition, Dr. Bagby has an active program of research in psychodiagnostic assessment, especially the assessment and detection of malingering in forensic and disability evaluations. He has developed a number of psychological tests and interviews, reflecting his interest in test construction.

Yossef S. Ben-Porath, Ph.D., ABPP, Kent State University

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Dr. Yossef Ben-Porath 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 30 years. Dr. Ben-Porath is a co-developer of the MMPI-2-RF and MMPI-A-RF and co-author of numerous test manuals, books, book chapters, and articles on the MMPI instruments. He is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Psychological Assessment, and 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, consultation to agencies that screen candidates for public safety positions, and provision of consultation and expert witness services in forensic cases.

Andrew R. Block, Ph.D., ABPP

Dr. Andrew Block joined Texas Back Institute as a Clinical Health Psychologist in 1990. Dr. Block earned his undergraduate degree from Haverford College in Pennsylvania. He completed his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Applied-Experimental Psychology at Dartmouth College where he was a Clinical Intern in the Behavioral Medicine Unit at Dartmouth Medical School. He then went on to a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Duke University Medical Center.   He is board-certified in Clinical Health Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association in Division 38 (Health Psychology). He is the author of many peer-reviewed articles and 4 books, including The Psychology of Spine Surgery, and Pre-surgical Psychological Screening: Understanding Patients, Improving Outcomes.

Richard W. Handel, Ph.D., Eastern Virginia Medical School
Dr. Richard Handel received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Kent State University.  He was the recipient of the 2006 Samuel J. and Anne G. Beck Award for Outstanding Early Career Research in the Field of Personality Assessment from the Society for Personality Assessment and the 2015 Bud Orgel Award for Distinguished Achievement in Research from the Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Personality Assessment and as a Consulting Editor for the journals Psychological Assessment and Assessment. Dr. Handel is a co-author of the MMPI-A-RF (Restructured Form). 

Leslie Heinberg, Ph.D., Cleveland Clinic

Dr. Leslie Heinberg is Vice Chair for Psychology in the Center for Behavioral Health Department of Psychiatry and Psychology and the Director of Behavioral Services for the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. She is a Professor of Medicine in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University and is a staff member of the Digestive Diseases Institute and the Neurological Institute.  She is a nationally recognized expert in bariatric behavioral health and body image with substantial research and clinical experience in obesity and eating disorders among children, adolescents and adults.
Dr. Heinberg is Fellow in of The Obesity Society and a Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders.  She is also a member of the Eating Disorders Research Society, an invited, limited membership society for the top researchers in the eating disorders field.  She has served as a principal investigator or co-investigator on 3 NIH-funded projects addressing body image.  Further, Dr. Heinberg has served as a principal investigator, co-investigator or consultant on 4 NIH-funded projects focusing on lifestyle change for reducing or preventing obesity. Her clinical interests include obesity, bariatric surgery, eating disorders and disorders of body image.

Tayla T.C. Lee, Ph.D., Ball State University

Dr. Tayla Lee is an Assistant Professor of Psychological Science at Ball State University. Dr. Lee received her PhD in clinical psychology from Kent State University and completed post-doctoral training at Indiana University – Bloomington. Dr. Lee’s research investigates cognitive and personality mechanisms influencing externalizing disorders, as well as individual differences explanations for comorbidity between internalizing and externalizing problems. She has a second program of research that focuses on psychological assessment, especially the validity of scales from the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory family of instruments (i.e., MMPI-2-RF and MMPI-A-RF). Dr. Lee is an associate editor for the Journal of Personality Assessment and a consulting editor for Psychological Assessment and the Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings. Dr. Lee teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in psychopathology, psychological assessment, and quantitative methods. She routinely conducts professional workshops in these areas, as well. Dr. Lee has extensive clinical experience in psychological assessment of adolescents and adults. She is a licensed psychologist in the state of Indiana and maintains a private practice conducting forensic assessments. For more information about Dr. Lee and her work, please visit her webpage at

Ryan Marek, Ph.D., University of Houston - Clear Lake

Dr. Ryan Marek is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Houston – Clear Lake. He received his B.S. in Psychology from John Carroll University in 2011, an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Kent State University in 2014, and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Kent State University in 2017. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at the Medical University of South Carolina. His publications and professional presentations focus on the integration of personality assessment for pre-surgical psychological evaluations, with a primary focus on the MMPI-2-RF. Clinically, he has had a diverse experience in conducting spinal cord stimulator, bariatric, and solid organ transplant evaluations. He is serving as a guest editor for a special issue for Journal of Personality Assessment, is an ad-hoc reviewer for numerous psychological assessment and medical journals, and hopes to begin a practice conducting pre-surgical psychological evaluations in the greater Houston area.

Martin Sellbom, Ph.D., University of Otago, New Zealand

Dr. Martin Sellbom is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2007 from Kent State University. His research focuses on psychopathy and other personality disorders, the integration of personality and psychopathology, and personality assessment with the MMPI-2-RF. Dr. Sellbom's work has been featured in over 175  publications and he has co-authored one book on the forensic applications of the MMPI-2-RF (published by the University of Minnesota Press). He has won several awards, including the American Psychology-Law Society’s Saleem Shah Award and Society for Personality Assessment’s Samuel and Anne Beck Award – both for early career achievement. He serves as an Associate Editor for the journals Psychological Assessment, Journal of Personality Disorders, and Journal of Personality Assessment. For his clinical practice, he specializes in forensic psychological evaluations and pre-employment evaluations for public safety positions.

Anthony M. Tarescavage, Ph.D., John Carroll University

tellegen.jpgDr. Anthony M. Tarescavage is an Assistant Professor at John Carroll University. He received his Ph.D. from Kent State University in 2015. He is co-author of the upcoming book entitled Using the MMPI-2-RF in Forensic Assessments and is the author of over two dozen MMPI-2-RF articles in peer-reviewed journals. He is a practicing forensic psychologist with a research focus on use of the MMPI-2-RF in forensic settings, medical settings, and personnel screenings.

Dustin Wygant, Ph.D., Eastern Kentucky University

Dr. Dustin Wygant is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky, and currently serves as the Director of Clinical Training for the doctoral program in clinical psychology. Dr. Wygant’s primary research interests include the conceptualization of the psychopathic personality and the DSM-5 alternative model of personality disorders. Other research interests include the detection of malingering and the use of personality assessment in forensic and medical settings. In addition to his academic position, Dr. Wygant is a licensed psychologist and maintains an active forensic consultation practice. In that capacity, Dr. Wygant routinely completes forensic psychological evaluations in criminal and civil cases and testifies regularly as an expert witness.