James N Butcher PhD

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Educational Background & Specialties


  • abnormal psychology
  • computer-based personality assessment
  • crisis intervention and brief psychotherapy
  • cross-cultural psychology
  • MMPI-2
  • personality assessment
  • personality assessment in industrial settings
  • research methodology
  • sub-cultural influences on personality
Courses Taught
  • Psy 3604 - Introducation to Abnormal Psychology
  • Psy 8612 - Professional Methods in Psychology: Objective Personality Assessment
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Doctor Honoris Causa, Free University of Brussels, Brussels, Belgium: 1990
  • Honorary Doctorate, University of Florence, Italy: 2005
  • Fellow, Society for Personality Assessment:
  • Butcher, J. N., Mineka, S. & Hooley, J. (2013). Abnormal Psychology and Modern Life (15th edition). New York: Allyn & Bacon.
  • Butcher, J. N. (2011). A beginner’s guide to the MMPI-2 (Third Edition). Washington, DC: The American Psychological Association,
  • Williams, C. L., & Butcher, J. N. (2011). A beginner’s guide to the MMPI-A. Washington, DC: The American Psychological Association,
  • Butcher, J. N. (Ed) (2009). Oxford Handbook of Personality Assessment. New York: Oxford University Press,
  • Butcher, J, N. (2010). Personality Assessment from the 19th to the Early 21st Century: Past Achievements and Contemporary Challenges. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 6, 1-20.
  • Butcher, J, N. (2009). Personality assessment with the MMPI-2: Historical roots, international adaptations, and current challenges. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, 2, 105-135.
  • Gass, C. S., Williams, C. L., Cumella, E., Butcher, J. N., & Kally, Z. (2010). Ambiguous measures of unknown constructs: The MMPI-2 Fake Bad Scale (aka Symptom Validity Scale, FBS, FBS-r). Psychological Injury and the Law,
  • Greene, R. L., Rouse, S. V., Butcher, J. N., Nichols, D. S., & Williams, C. L (2009). The MMPI-2 Restructured Clinical (RC) Scales and Redundancy: Response to Tellegen, Ben-Porath, and Sellbom. Journal of Personality Assessment, 91(3, 1-5.