Here I am presenting my research on MMPI-2 versus MMPI-2-RF booklet administration at the American Psychology-Law Society Conference in March 2018.

Why Assessment?

Assessments and measures play a vital role in psychology, and are used in various areas of psychology and life. Assessments can be used in clinical settings like therapy, in medical settings, forensic settings, in the workplace, and many other areas! Psychological assessments can measure personality and psychopathology and can be used to give psychologists insight to a person’s behavior, personality, and capabilities as well as assist therapists in coming up with treatment plans. Assessment psychology is a very important aspect to psychology as a field. Psychometrics specifically is an area of study dedicated to the theory and technique of psychological assessment.

I am fascinated by psychometrics and assessments because they bring together psychology and statistics. Assessments are such a major key to the field of psychology, and such a vital piece to all areas of psychology. My main research interests lie in psychometrics. I am currently studying the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) family of tests, but hope to continue to study assessments in the workplace.

I plan to pursue a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology with a focus in assessment. In furthering my academics, I will continue studying the MMPI family of tests in the Clinical and Forensic Evaluation Lab, and eventually move on to assessing the development and validity of measures used in the workplace. I look forward to continuing my statistical knowledge and skills over the coming years, and working to make the study measures more approachable and understandable.┬áMy research interests mainly revolve around the development and use of assessments in psychology. I currently work closely with the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF), a 338 item self-report measure used in clinical psychology. I also work closely with the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery – Career Exploration Program (ASVAB-CEP) where I assessed work values and the best way to present them to high school students to learn more about their own work values. Other areas of interest to me for my research include psychometrics, vocational interests over the lifespan, job performance and prediction, and work values.

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Katrina Conen
Psychology Major, Statistics Minor
California State University, Monterey Bay