Forensic Use of the Personality Assessment Inventory

This workshop will focus on using the PAI in forensic settings. The presentation will provide an overview of the PAI, including development, validity research, and clinical applications using case material with a particular focus on validity scales and risk indicators relevant to forensic settings.

Course Outline

Introduction to the PAI in forensic settings

Overview of PAI scales and indicators

PAI validity scales

PAI risk indicators


Evidence-based case interpretation

Limitations of the PAI in forensic settings  

Learning Objectives:

Describe the development and validity evidence for PAI validity indicators in forensic settings

Explain evidence-based models for using PAI validity indicators in conjunction in forensic settings

Provide conceptual frameworks to guide the use of PAI risk indicators in forensic settings

Apply evidence based interpretation of the PAI to clinical predictions of case material from forensic settings

Discuss specific techniques for using the PAI that are particularly applicable to forensic settings


Dr. Hopwood received his PhD from Texas A&M University, where he was mentored by the author of the PAI, Les Morey, in 2008. He completed his doctoral internship at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He is currently a licensed Psychologist in Michigan, Associate Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University, and Director of the MSU Interpersonal Problems Clinic, where he practices and supervises doctoral students. He is an Associate Editor at Assessment and the Journal of Personality Disorders and a board member of the Society for Personality Assessment, North American Society for the Study of Personality Disorders, and Society for Interpersonal Theory and Research. He has authored over 100 articles and 4 books on assessment, personality, and interpersonal processes. 

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