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Sharon Nelson

Sharon Nelson

President

Hello! I am currently on internship at the Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System and am completing my PhD through Eastern Michigan University. There I have worked with several mentors, including Steven Huprich, PhD (who currently is on faculty at the University of Detroit Mercy). In September I will begin a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Serious Mental Illness Treatment Research and Evaluation Center, through the Department of Veterans Affairs and the University of Michigan. I am currently wrapping up my fifth (and last!) year as the Editorial Assistant for the Journal of Personality Assessment and have served on the International Society for the Study of Personality Disorder’s (ISSPD) Student Section Congress as a communications officer for the last two years. I have several areas of research interest, including contrasting and integrating models of understanding pathological personality, different diagnostic systems, and thinking about developmental trajectories for individuals struggling with personality issues. In addition, I am interested in assessing integrative models for treating personality pathology, including long-term outcomes of treatment. Recently I have working on ways to assess and utilize levels of personality functioning. In addition, I’m interested in issues of social justice and diversity within the field. As a “non-traditional student” myself, I have a strong commitment towards working on addressing areas of concern for underrepresented student groups, as well as improving opportunities for learning, networking, and promoting a sense of mentorship and guidance for all students. Most recently this has included conducting research on mentoring practices of diverse student groups from award-winning mentors. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family of rambunctious boys, camping, holding all night research lab writing pajama parties, and the [occasional] prank.


Chloe Bliton

Chloe Bliton

President-Elect

I am currently in my fourth year at Pennsylvania State University’s clinical psychology doctoral program. Broadly speaking, my research interests include the dimensional assessment and conceptualization of personality pathology. Furthermore, I am interested in how personality pathology is situated within interpersonal patterns and dynamics across time. 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.

Adam P. Natoli

Adam P. Natoli

Past-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.

Amber Sitz

Amber Sitz

Secretary

My name is Amber, and I am clinical psychology doctoral student at the University of Tulsa. I am from Ohio, however, I am quickly learning how great Tulsa is, and I feel lucky to work alongside my co-lab members, and under the mentorship of Drs. Allan Harkness and John McNulty. Broadly, I am interested in assessing individual differences within the domains of the Personality Psychopathology Five (PSY-5). Outside of school, I like connecting with friends, traveling, and watching Netflix.

Alana Harrison

Alana Fondren

Member-At-Large

Hello! My name is Alana Fondren. I am currently a third-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; diagnostic reliability and validity of personality and projective assessments; and multi-method assessment of historically marginalized populations. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, playing with my dog, going to see movies, and doing yoga!

Margie Achee

Margie Achee

Member-At-Large

My name is Margie Achee. I am a 3rd year student in the clinical psychology program at the University of Tulsa under the mentorship of Dr. Allan Harkness. My research interests surround multi-method personality assessment, specifically using both self report and eye tracking technology. Outside of school, I enjoy biking or running with my two dogs (Spork and B), binge watching reality TV, and trying new Tulsa restaurants."

Jenn Boland

Jenn Boland

Member-At-Large

My name is Jenn Boland, and I am currently a fourth-year clinical psychology doctoral student at Sam Houston State University, where I work with Dr. Jaime Anderson. I have been a member of SPA since my first year, and I have been attending SPA conferences since 2018. I also run the SPA Twitter account (@SPA1938)! My research focuses on dimensional models of personality, clinician bias in the treatment of personality disorders, and interactions between personality on social media behaviors. Clinically, my focus leans towards forensic assessment, of which I believe personality assessment instruments can be an important component. Upon the completion of my doctoral studies, I intend to pursue a faculty position that will allow me the ability to continue my personality-focused research, and I intend to build a forensic assessment-oriented private practice over time! When I'm not busy with school, I can usually be found napping, exercising, playing video games, or watching reality tv..


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