- Forensic psychology
- Personality pathology (particularly psychopathy)
Broadly speaking, my research interests focus on forensic psychology, personality pathology (particularly psychopathy), and models of normal personality traits. Specifically, I am interested in the assessment and conceptualization of psychopathic personality with much of my work focusing on the Triarchic model of psychopathy. These interests have led me to examine the convergence of models of psychopathy with those of existing models of normal personality (particularly the HEXACO model). Additionally, I am currently working on research using EEG methodology to improve our understanding of the neurobiological correlates of Triarchic traits. I am also interested in examining the psychometric properties of instruments used in forensic settings, such as the Personality Assessment Inventory.
Penson, B. P., Ruchensky, J. R., Morey, L., & Edens, J. F. (2016). Using the Personality Assessment Inventory Antisocial and Borderline Features Scales to predict behavior change: A multi-site longitudinal study of youthful offenders. Assessment.
Ruchensky, J. R., Donnellan, M. B., Edens, J. F., & Witt, E. A. (2017). Examining the reliability and validity of an abbreviated Psychopathic Personality Inventory – Revised (PPI-R) in four samples. Psychological Assessment, 29, 238-244. doi: 10.1037/pas0000335
Balsis, S., Ruchensky, J. R., & Busch, A. J. (accepted). Item Response Theory applications in personality disorder research. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment.