1st Edition

Diversity-Sensitive Personality Assessment

Edited By Steven R. Smith, Radhika Krishnamurthy Copyright 2018
    406 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    406 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Diversity-Sensitive Personality Assessment is a comprehensive guide for clinicians to consider how various aspects of client diversity—ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, nationality, religion, regionalism, socioeconomic status, and disability status—can impact assessment results, interpretation, and feedback. Chapters co-written by leading experts in the fields of diversity and personality assessment examine the influence of clinician, client, interpersonal, and professional factors within the assessment context. This richly informed and clinically useful volume encourages clinicians to delve into the complex ways in which individuals’ personal characteristics, backgrounds, and viewpoints intersect. This book fills an important gap in the personality assessment literature and is an essential resource for clinicians looking to move beyond surface-level understandings of diversity in assessment.

    Foreword I. Clinician Contexts 1. The Role of Self-Reflection and Self-Assessment in the Psychological Assessment Process, Louise Baca and Steven R. Smith II. Client Contexts 2. Asking Difficult Questions: Client Definitions, David M. Cimbora and Radhika Krishnamurthy 3. The Importance of Client Context, David M. Cimbora and Radhika Krishnamurthy 4. Ethnicity and Personality Assessment, Joyce Chu, Lamisha Syeda Muquit, Vedant Agrawal, and Radhika Krishnamurthy 5. Gender and Personality Assessment, Kathleen Malloy and Radhika Krishnamurthy 6. Queering Personality Assessment: Intersections between Personality Assessment, Sexual Orientations, and Gender Identity, Theodore R. Burnes and Steven R. Smith 7. Religion and Personality Assessment, Tania Abouezzeddine, Peter C. Hill, Clark D. Campbell, Steven R. Smith 8. Cognitive or Physical Disabilities and Personality Assessment, Merith Cosden, Sara Communale, Lindsey Liles, Steven R. Smith 9. Nationality and Personality Assessment, Gargi Roysircar and Radhika Krishnamurthy 10. Regionalism and Personality Assessment: A Matter of Place, Shannon McClain, Collette Chapman-Hilliard, and Steven R. Smith 11. Age as Diversity in Psychological Assessment, Verónica Portillo Reyes, Radhika Krishnamurthy, and Antonio Puente 12. Socio-Economic Considerations in Personality Assessment, Claudia Porras Pyland, Sally D. Stabb, and Steven R. Smith III. Interpersonal Contexts 13. Assessment Contexts, Matthew R. Baity, Alexander L. Hsieh, and Samantha M. Swanson 14. The Interpersonal Context of Assessment, Aaron Estrada 15. Collaborative/Therapeutic Assessment and Diversity: The Complexity of Being Human, Hale Martin 16. Culturally-Responsive Personality Assessment: Blending Competence with Humility, Hadas Pade IV. Professional Contexts 17. Writing for an N of 1: Cultural Competence in Personality Assessment Report Writing, Collette Chapman-Hilliard, Shannon McClain, Alissa Sherry, Susan Broyles, and Stacey Jackson 18. Ethics in Diversity-Sensitive Assessment, Virginia Brabender 19. Supervision and Training of Personality Assessment with Multicultural and Diverse Clients, Jed Yalof 20. Evidence-Based Practice in Diversity-Sensitive Personality Assessment, Steven R. Smith and Radhika Krishnamurthy


    Steven R. Smith, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His clinical, research, and teaching interests include personality assessment, the psychology of men and boys, and the psychological needs of athletes.

    Radhika Krishnamurthy, Psy.D., ABAP, is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Florida Institute of Technology. She has co-authored two books on assessment using the MMPI-A, as well as several book chapters and journal articles on psychological assessment.

    "Diversity-Sensitive Personality Assessment should quickly become the primary reference for clinicians that want an in-depth discussion of diversity and personality assessment that goes beyond simplistic answers to the complex issues in this crucial area. Smith and Krishnamurthy have assembled an outstanding group of chapter contributors to explore diversity issues that include race, gender, and ethnicity, but also extend to explorations of the important aspects of diversity related to religion, age, disability status, socio-economic status, nationality and regional identification. This insightful and comprehensive text will be an invaluable resource to clinicians seeking to understand and integrate diversity considerations into their assessment practice."

    —Robert P. Archer, PhD, Frank Harrell Redwood Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Eastern Virginia Medical School