The Society for Personality Assessment (SPA) was founded in Essex County, New Jersey by Bruno Klopfer (right) and a group of his students. Over the years the Society expanded to include a full spectrum of techniques including the Rorschach inkblots, picture-based story telling tests, self-report personality inventories, and structured interviews. Initially incorporated as the Rorschach Institute, Inc. in 1938, the Society adopted its current name in 1971 to reflect our interest in the entire spectrum of issues present in contemporary personality assessment and to focus the Society as a special interest group concerned with promoting the exchange of ideas and information about personality assessment in research and in practice. Throughout its history, SPA has maintained a commitment to the belief that both individual growth and scientific advance are best fostered by lively evidence-based debate among proponents of a wide variety of methods and theories in a context of warm personal relationships.
Membership in SPA offers many benefits - Subscription to the Journal of Personality Assessment, Research, Advocacy, Interest Groups, Exchange Newsletter, Annual Convention and more!
Receive 6 Issues of the prestigious JPA Journal each year.
Would you like to be more involved? Join an SPA Interest Group today - six groups to choose from!
Ask your favorite personality assessor what the biggest personality assessment convention is, and he/she will tell you it's the Annual Convention of the Society for Personality Assessment. Ask them what the best personality assessment convention is, and they will tell you it's the Annual Convention of the Society for Personality Assessment. In 2021, the convention is being brought to you. Make sure to register today!.
Each April, candidates statements and a Ballot for electing new members to the Board of Trustees is made available to Members, Fellows, Life Members or Life Fellows by the Nominations and Elections Committee. The persons elected to the Board take office in September.
Membership in SPA offers a great many benefits including a subscription to Journal of Personality Assessment, discounts to an energetic and information-rich Annual Convention, professional advocacy efforts, outstanding research efforts and the ability to demonstrate credibility. Pay your Annual Dues prior to December 31st.
The Society for Personality Assessment YouTube channel offers full-length lectures from past annual conventions and expert speakers in the field of personality assessment. A great resource to expand your knowledge.