Advanced Diagnostic Testing and Assessment: Adult Psychopathology
The course will introduce students to advanced diagnostic testing and assessment of *personality-related spectrum* of adult psychopathology. Building upon the standard psychological testing battery (Diagnostic Testing I & II), the course will: (1) Review the most recent *dimensional* conceptualizations of personality-related disorders and the corresponding *dimensional interpretation* of the standard testing results (MMPI-2; TAT, Rorschach). (2) Introduce some of the new, *dimensional measures* of adult, personality-related psychopathology, including the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory-III (MCMI-3) and the Dimensional Assessment of Personality Pathology (DAPP-BQ). (3) Discuss key neurobiological substrates of personality-spectrum disorders and most recent *assessment tools* based on brain imaging and related *translational* research. (4) Discuss the advanced, *personality-centered*, differential diagnosis of DSM-IV-TR related Axis I vs. Axis II disorders and *multidimensiona*approach to *psychodynamic* interpretation, case formulation and treatment recommendations utilizing testing results of actual patients with complex personality-related psychopathology.