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Professor Martin Sellbom

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Professor Martin Sellbom’s research interests on psychopathy and other personality disorders (with a current focus on DSM-5 developments), especially from the perspective of dimensional personality traits. Moreover, in this vein, he is also interested in the broader integration of personality and psychopathology, with a goal to determine the degree with which personality can explain what many common mental disorders have in common, Finally, he has long-standing interests in applied personality assessment, especially with the MMPI-2-RF instrument, in forensic, correctional, and mental heath settings.

Professor Sellbom was trained as a clinical psychologist in the United States, graduating from Kent State University (Kent, Ohio) in 2007. Subsequently, he spent two years as a post-doctoral fellow at Kent State University and Psycho-Diagnostic Clinic in Akron, Ohio, specialising in personality assessment and forensic psychological assessment. He began his academic career as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Alabama in the USA. After four years, he moved to the Australian National University in July 2013 prior to accepting a position as an Associate Professor at the University of Otago starting in January 2016.

Professor Sellbom came to Otago with an extensive background in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses at universities in the USA and Australia. At the undergraduate level, he has taught abnormal psychology, personality psychology, and forensic psychology among others. At the postgraduate level, he has taught personality assessment, adult psychopathology, clinical assessment supervision, and advanced statistics for several years.


Research Interests

  • Psychopathic personality disorder
  • DSM-5 personality disorders
  • Integration of personality and mental disorders
  • Applied personality assessment with the MMPI-2-RF

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