Course Details

Course Title2021 JRA Conference: Emerging Topics in Public Safety Assessment
Date 9/10/2021
ProviderJohnson, Roberts, and Associates
Phone408-356-9696
Emailoffice@jra-assessment.com
Website
LocationVirtual
Credit Hours4
Instructor(s)Ryan Roberts, PhD, Mike Roberts, PhD, ABPP, Jeni McCutcheon, Psy.D., ABPP, Jocelyn Roland, Ph.D., ABPP, Meredith Rimmer, Ph.D., Kyle Hunneke, Psy.D., and Gina Gallivan, Ph.D., ABPP
Method of InstructionWorkshop/Seminar
Approving AgencyAPA
Course Syllabus 2021 JRA Conference Agenda.pdf


Course Description

A review of emerging topics related to assessing public safety personnel: Contending with applicant scarcity, virtual assessments, trends in FFDE assessments, and the detection of bias among candidates.


Course Objectives

Searching for Water in the Desert: Challenges In a Time of Good Applicant Scarcity (1 hour), Jeni McCutcheon, Psy.D., ABPP, Jocelyn Roland, Ph.D., ABPP, Meredith Rimmer, Ph.D., Kyle Hunneke, Psy.D., and Gina Gallivan, Ph.D., ABPP

•      Identify two agency challenges related to a lack of quality applicants

•      Name two psychology practice challenges related to a lack of quality applicants

•      Describe ways to maintain relationships and be of service to agencies during good applicant scarcity


Current Trends in Psychological Fitness For Duty Evaluations (1 hour), Lewis Schlosser, Ph.D., ABPP

•      Identify 2 aspects of the philosophical underpinning of the FFDE as a component of officer wellness

•      Identify 2 trends in the reasons for FFDE referrals in the 2021 sample when compared to the 2015 sample

•      Identify 2 trends in the outcomes of FFDE in the 2021 sample when compared to the 2015 sample


Innovations in Assessment Methodology: Virtual Administration and Evaluation, Ryan Roberts, JD, PhD and Mike Roberts, PhD, ABPP (1 hour)

•      Discuss the validity of virtual test proctoring.

•      Describe the challenge of maintaining psychological records in a remote assessment practice.


Investigating Bias Among Public Safety Applicants: A review of base rates, behavioral correlates, and psychological test correlates, Ryan Roberts, JD, PhD and Mike Roberts, PhD, ABPP (1 hour)

•      Discuss the challenges faced by screening psychologists when assessing applicant bias.

•      List behavioral correlates of biased beliefs.

•      Discuss the challenges of establishing validity of an explicit bias measure.