Ellen Hartmann

Ellen Hartmann

Psychology (professional), University of Oslo, 1970

Current Positions

Professor, Clinical Psychology, University of Oslo, Academic Positions at the University of Bergen and the University of Troms

How did you become interested in Personality Assessment?

I learned the Rorschach as a student in the 1960s and got facinated by it as a very useful clinical assessment method. I have trained students in using the Rorschach as a clinical instrument since 1968 at the universities of Oslo, Bergen, and Troms?, but did not used the Rorschach as a research instrument before 1996.

Tell us about your current job. We are interested in hearing about the different things that people do who work in the area of personality assessment.

Giving clinical training programs in psychodynamic therapy and personality assessment; doing research using the Rorschach to provide data that may support construct validity to various Rorschach variables and demonstrate incremental validity of Rorschach variables to predict the criterion above and beyond less time consuming self-report personality assessment instruments. Private treatment practice.

What are the most interesting and/or meaningful aspects of your job?

Teaching psychotherapy and doing research using the Rorschach and various self-report instruments.

Tell us how you initially learned about and joined SPA.

I heard about SPA at an ERA conference in Amsterdam in 1999 where I presented a poster of a study comparing different administation procedures of the Rorschach. I joined SPA when Greg Meyer had invited me to be a consulting editor of JPA in 2004. The Annual Meeting in Chicago 2005 was my first SPA meeting, which I enjoyed very much. The academic standard was high and the social atmosphere friendly. I met very nice people, of whom some have become close friends. Since then I have tried to join most of the annual meetings.

How has SPA impacted or benefited you or your career?

SPA has been important for my career, especially for my research on personality assessment comparing data from the combined use the Rorschach, which is a performance based method that may provide information about personality characteristics the test subjects may not be aware of and self-report instruments where the test subjects describe how they are experiencing and understanding themselves and their problems.

As we look forward to SPA's 100th anniversary in 2038, what do you think is important in order for the field of personality assessment to thrive and to benefit others?

More research, more international cooperation.

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