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Adam P. Natoli

Adam P. Natoli

President

I am a Ronald E. McNair Scholar and a Ph.D. Candidate in Adelphi University’s Clinical Psychology Program. Albeit my research interests continue to evolve, my predominant interests lie in exploring multimethod assessment test score discontinuity and the interaction between an individual’s personality dynamics and the different psychological processes engaged while responding to the demands of different testing modalities. I believe that the unique opportunity to investigate divergences and convergences between scores derived from different methods of assessing analogous constructs in this context offers the potential to further enhance the utility of assessment, both in research and clinical settings. Upon completing my doctoral studies, I aim to attain a faculty position at a doctoral degree granting institution. In this position, I seek to continue my research endeavors, mentor future researchers and clinicians, and maintain a clinical presence through supervision and work with patients.


Beyond academia, I enjoy the outdoors, particularly fishing and golf, as well as spending time with my family and friends and coaching college ice hockey.

Sharon Nelson

Sharon Nelson

President-Elect

Crista Maracic

Crista Maracic

Past-President

I am currently a fourth year clinical psychology doctoral candidate at Adelphi University under the mentorship of Robert Bornstein, PhD. My primary scientific interests are strongly aligned with those of Dr. Bornstein’s and his work on personality pathology and assessment. Specifically, my dissertation is examining the interrelationships of scores on four widely used measures of interpersonal dependency and shame, with an emphasis on the contrasting relationships of shame to implicit and explicit dependency test scores. Additionally, I enjoy working psychotherapeutically with veterans within the VAMC healthcare system, and I also enjoy teaching undergraduate courses to psychology majors. It was a great honor and pleasure to serve as SPAGS president from 2017-2018, and I eagerly look forward to continue to serving on the board as past-president. As chair of the SPAGS Diversity Committee, I particularly value collaborating with SPA’s Diversity Committee in an effort to foster an environment in which intercultural dialogue, multicultural awareness, and their implications on personality assessment play a central part in the mission and community of SPA. In addition to my role as a graduate student, I identify as a novice yet ambitious vegan chef, yogi, and proud mom to two Pomeranian dogs.

William Bryant

William Bryant

Secretary

My research has examined the relationship of personality trait domains and substance use. Currently, I am interested in understanding statistical interactions between personality traits predicting important clinical variables (e.g., suicide) as well as the behavior of personality assessment instruments in transgender populations. Outside of school, I am an avid concert goer, Whovian, film nerd, nerd in general, and – according to the Pottermore sorting hat – a Slytherin.

Alana Harrison

Alana Harrison

Member-At-Large

Hello! My name is Alana Harrison. I am currently a first-year student in the Clinical Psychology program at University of North Texas. I have the great fortune of receiving research and clinical mentorship from Dr. Sharon Jenkins, a long-time member of SPA. My research interests broadly include the clinical utility of psychological assessments. I am specifically interested in the efficacy of collaborative therapeutic assessment; predictability of therapeutic outcomes, such as alliance and attrition; diagnostic reliability and validity of personality and projective assessments; and interaction of personality variables between therapists and clients. In my free time, I enjoy travelling, playing with my dog, going to see movies, and doing yoga!

Chloe Bliton

Chloe Bliton

Member-At-Large

I am currently in my second year at Pennsylvania State University’s clinical psychology doctoral program. Broadly speaking, my research interests include the assessment and conceptualization of personality pathology. Furthermore, I am interested in how personality pathology is situated within interpersonal patterns and dynamics. In the future, I hope to bring momentary assessments of personality and interpersonal functioning into my research, specifically within the therapeutic process. I am also interested in exploring the synergistic nature of personality assessment and clinical practice.


In my free time, however limited, I train and compete in elite powerlifting.

Sindes Dawood

Sindes Dawood

Member-At-Large

I am currently a fifth-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at The Pennsylvania State University under the guidance of Dr. Aaron L. Pincus. My primary research is in understanding how personality pathology, particularly pathological narcissism, influences the experience of internalizing problems (e.g., depressive symptoms, self-harm) and externalizing behaviors (e.g., aggression) concurrently and over different time periods. My research and clinical work has also focused on the application of multi-surface interpersonal assessment for describing and assessing interpersonal dynamics of patients in different therapeutic contexts, as a means to inform case conceptualization, treatment planning, and intervention. Additionally, I serve as the graduate student representative for the Society for Interpersonal Theory and Research (SITAR) and editorial assistant for the journal Assessment.


In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, photography, trying out new restaurants or recipes, playing board games, and watching movies and TV series - especially mysteries and psychological thrillers.

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