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The Rorschach in Multimethod Forensic Assessment

Conceptual Foundations and Practical Applications, 1st Edition

Edited by Robert E. Erard, F. Barton Evans


342 pages

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This volume demonstrates how multimethod forensic assessment with the Rorschach adds incremental validity, insight, and practical value. Case discussions by leading forensic psychologists illustrate the integration of contemporary Rorschach assessment with the MMPI-2 and MMPI-2-RF, the PAI, and the HCR-20. This text addresses a wide range of forensic applications including child custody, psychological trauma, personal injury, psychotic offenders, competency evaluations, immigration cases, and impression management. It also shows how the recently developed Rorschach Performance Assessment System (R-PAS) effectively enhances the use of the Rorschach in forensic cases, while offering guidance for Comprehensive System users as well.


“The contributors to this volume have done a masterful job of embedding Rorschach assessment in a multimethod approach to conducting forensic evaluations. Rorschach practitioners and forensic psychologists will value the information and guidance this book provides.”—Irving B. Weiner, PhD, University of South Florida Morsini College of Medicine.

“Erard and Evans have assembled an invaluable and essential Rorschach resource for forensic psychologists. This volume aptly demonstrates what a performance-based test such as the Rorschach can uniquely bring to a variety of forensic psychological evaluations, as a compliment to the most commonly used self-report measures such as the MMPI-2 and PAI. For those testifying in court, this innovative volume also further establishes the empirical validity of the Rorschach-Performance Assessment System as the most advanced and scientifically grounded system available.”—Daniel Pickar, PhD, ABPP, private practice, clinical and forensic psychology, Santa Rosa, CA

Table of Contents

List of Contributors Preface Robert E. Erard and Barton Evans Acknowledgements About the Editors I: Conceptual Foundations 1. Toward an Integrative Perspective on the Person: Opportunities and Challenges in Multimethod Assessment. Robert F. Bornstein 2. Psychometric Foundations of the Rorschach Performance Assessment System (R-PAS) Gregory Meyer, Donald Viglione, and Joni Mihura 3. Integrating Self-Report and Performance-Based Testing in Detecting the Rorschach with MMPI-2 Testing in Detecting Impression Management Douglas Schultz II: Forensic Applications 4. Integrating the Personality Assessment Inventory and Rorschach Inkblot Method in Forensic Assessment Christopher Hopwood and F. Barton Evans 5. Multimethod Forensic Assessment Using the Rorschach in Personal Injury Evaluations Appendix A Appendix B Robert E. Erard 6. The Rorschach in the Differential Diagnosis of Psychotic Offenders Ali Khadivi 7. The Rorschach in Multimethod Custody Evaluations Robert E. Erard, Jacqueline Singer, and Donald J. Viglione 8. Madness, Mayhem, and Murder: A Comparative Multimethod Study of Methamphetamine Psychosis and Schizophrenia Marvin Acklin Section III: Special Topics 9. Collaborative Therapeutic Assessment in Multimethod Forensic Assessment. Bruce Smith and F. Barton Evans 10. Using the CS in an R-PAS World: Multimethod Forensic Assessment with the Exner Comprehensive System F. Barton Evans

About the Editors

Robert E. Erard, PhD, is a clinical and forensic psychologist. He is a past president of the Society for Personality Assessment, a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and a co-author of the R-PAS® manual. He edits the Clinical Case Applications section of the Journal of Personality Assessment and is Head of the Assessment Section for Psychological Injury and Law.

F. Barton Evans, PhD, is a Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Psychological and Forensic Assessment Services at James H. Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University. He is Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Personality Assessment and author of Harry Stack Sullivan: Interpersonal Theory and Psychotherapy.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Assessment, Testing & Measurement