2020 SPA Convention Poster Winners

Good news!! Although we were very disappointed that the 2020 SPA convention could not be held in San Diego due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are happy to say the poster judges still completed their reviews, and we have two First Place winners in the General Competition and two in the Diversity Group—one for Thursday and one for the (planned) Saturday night of the convention—plus two honorable mentions for each night. We have uploaded the winners’ posters to the website below so they can still share their posters with you! Join us all from afar in congratulating the winners!

We look forward to celebrating the winners together next year in Boston! In the meantime, take good care and stay well.

The 2020 SPA Poster Awards Committee

Joni L. Mihura, PhD, ABAP, Chair

Thursday Judges

Francesca Ales, PhD, John E. Kurtz, PhD, Paul A. Arbisi, PhD

Saturday Judges

Christopher J. Hopwood, PhD, Nicole M. Cain, PhD, Ryan J. Marek, PhD


The Incremental Validity of Transdiagnostic Dimensions of Personality and Psychopathology in Predicting Important Psychological Outcomes.

Emily Dowgwillo, Michelle Stein, Mark A. Blais, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical Center


Predicting Smoking and Nicotine Dependence From The DSM-5 Alternative Model For Personality Disorder Traits

Alexandra L. Halberstadt, Pennsylvania State University, Carillon J. Skrzynski, Carnegie Mellon University, Aidan C.G. Wright, University of Pittsburgh, Kasey G. Creswell, Carnegie Mellon University


The Link Between Trauma and Codependency in Predicting Relationship Quality

Savannah Grier, Liza S. Rimsky Long Island University, Nicole Cain, Rutgers University, Kevin B. Meehan, Long Island University


The Clinical Utility of Personality Pathology Frameworks: A Meta-Analytic Review

Adam P. Natoli, Robert F. Bornstein, Gordan F. Derner School of Psychology, Adelphi University


The Indirect Effects of Narcissism on Antagonism and Anger Rumination

Courtney K. Mason, Chandler J. McDaniel, Hilary L. DeShong, Mississippi State University


Correlates of Borderline Personality Disorder Symptoms: A Primary Care Study

Khrystyna Melnyk, University of Detroit Mercy, John Jones, United States Air Force, Laura Richardson, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical Center, John Porcerelli, University of Detroit Mercy

2020 Diversity Poster Awards

Thursday WINNER

Test-Retest Reliability for the English and US Spanish MMPI-2-RF in Latinx University Students

Bernardo Iracheta, Tessa Long, AndyTorres, Frances Morales, Alfonso Mercado, Jaime Anderson, Texas State University

Saturday WINNER

Validity of the Personality Inventory for DSM-5 Short Form (PID-5-SF) in Latinx Undergraduates

Tessa Long, Stephanie Haugh, Andy Torres, Frances Morales, Alfonso Mercado, Jaime Anderson, Texas State University

Join SPA!

Membership in SPA offers many benefits - Subscription to the Journal of Personality Assessment, Research, Advocacy, Interest Groups, Exchange Newsletter, Annual Convention and more!

Learn more

JPA Journal

Receive 6 Issues of the prestigious JPA Journal each year.

Interest Groups

Would you like to be more involved? Join an SPA Interest Group today - six groups to choose from!

Click Here to Learn More

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 him/her what the best personality assessment convention is, and he/she will tell you it's the Annual Convention of the Society for Personality Assessment, held every March in a different city.

More Information >>

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.

Vote now >>

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.

Watch now >>

How Therapeutic Assessment Works: Theory and Techniques - Presented by Stephen E. Finn, PhD. In this webinar, Dr. Stephen Finn, the main developer of Therapeutic Assessment, will explain the techniques of TA and how they relate to TA’s underlying theory of client change. This session is particularly suited to those who are new to TA, including graduate students, or who wish to deepen their understanding of its therapeutic mechanisms.

Webinar >>