FALL WORKSHOP - Validity Testing in Psychological Assessment Recent Research and Clinical Formulation


Friday, October 30, 2015


The Albany Club
91 King Street East (Downtown Toronto)

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Validity Testing in Psychological Assessment Recent Research and Clinical Formulation
With Dr. Roger Gervais
Dr. Gervais will review the role of formal psychological assessment in disability evaluations, including the importance of performance validity tests (PVTs) and symptom validity tests (SVTs). The workshop will focus primarily on the MMPI-2-RF with a particular focus on the validity scales, including the development of the Response Bias Scale (RBS) in psychological/neuropsychological civil disability assessments/IMEs. Through the use of case studies, this workshop will also review an approach to integrating other self-report measures and performance validity tests (PVTs) including the PAI into a comprehensive, objective and defensible psychological assessment.  


Participants will:
  • Be familiar MMPI-2-RF and PAI validity scales.
  • Be able to discuss state of the art use of these scales in the context of overall assessment validity.
  • Discuss implications for diagnosis and interpretive language.
  • List red flags identifying potential 'problem' examinees.
  • Discuss ethical and supervision implications.
Dr. Gervais' talk will be followed by an interactive panel which will allow for audience participation and case discussion regarding validity testing in both psychological and neuropsychological evaluations.


Roger Gervais, Ph.D., APBB, is Board Certified in Clinical Psychology and maintains a busy clinical practice assessing workplace/personal injury and medical disability claimants.  He is actively involved in research and has published peer-reviewed articles and chapters on symptom validity assessment in psychological disability claims. He is the first author of the Response Bias Scale (RBS), which was added to the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2-Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF) in July 2011. He served as a member of an expert panel appointed to review the MMPI-2 FBS scale for the University of Minnesota Press.  He is on the Editorial Board of The Clinical Neuropsychologist and is a peer reviewer for a number of journals.  Dr. Gervais served for 14 years on the discipline committee of the College of Alberta Psychologists and is currently Past President of the College.  In his spare time, Roger is an avid amateur musician and has played rock, blues and big band guitar in various groups, as well as playing viola in TEMPO (The Edmonton Medical Professionals Orchestra), an amateur string orchestra with affiliated string quartets.


Morning Session

Registration and Breakfast  

8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Dr. Gervais
9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
 Refreshment Break

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

 Dr. Gervais 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
 Lunch (included) 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Afternoon Session

Interactive Panel

1:30 p.m. – 2:30/3:00 p.m.

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