Martin Sellbom

Martin Sellbom, Ph.D.


Assessment of Psychopathic Personality Traits: Addressing Myths, Misconceptions, and Fallacies

March 2, 2021 (Tuesday)

Learning Objective

Discuss Scott Lilienfeld’s contributions to the assessment of psychopathic personality traits.


This presentation will cover both a summary of Scott Lilienfeld’s major contributions to the assessment of psychopathic personality traits, but also address various myths and misconceptions pertaining to this topic about which he felt strongly. This presentation will include a discussion of his Psychopathic Personality Inventory and general contributions to psychopathy theory that can be derived from this work.


Dr. Martin Sellbom is a Professor in Clinical Psychology at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. He has previously been Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Alabama and Associate Professor of Psychology and Clinical Program Director at the National University of Australia. Professor Sellbom’s work on psychopathology and personality associations, personality disorders, psychopathy, and applied personality assessment has been featured in approximately 250 publications. He has won several awards, including the American Psychological Foundation’s Theodore Millon mid-career award for advancing personality science, American Psychology-Law Society’s Saleem Shah Award and Society for Personality Assessment’s Samuel and Anne Beck Award for early career achievement. Professor Sellbom serves as the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Personality Assessment. He started collaborating with Scott Lilienfeld when he was a first-year PhD student almost 20 years ago; Scott served informally as one of Professor Sellbom’s primary mentors in psychopathy research, and has had a major impact on his general career ever since.