PSYC 107: Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 306: Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 608: Intro to Clinical Ethics & Techniques
My research focuses on improving the assessment of clinical disorders (personality disorders, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, etc.). This topic is timely because many of these disorders are not measured well. Further, these disorders play important roles in health outcomes, affecting not only patients but also their families and the health care system. A significant focus of my research is on the measurement of dementia. The goal here is to hasten the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease, which is a critical step in managing the disease. A few recent studies are aimed at improving the measurement of change in clinical trials of Alzheimer’s disease medications.
- 2013-2017, Enhanced Research Capacities Grant. Augmenting the research capacity of the clinical psychology training program. Funded by Texas A&M. Principal Investigator, Co-PI John Edens.
- 2012-2014, R03. Measuring change in Alzheimer’s disease more precisely with IRT. Funded by National Institute on Aging. Principal Investigator.
- Balsis, S., Benge, J. F., Lowe, D. A., Geraci, L., & Doody, R. S. (2015). How do scores on the ADAS-cog, MMSE, and CDR-SOB correspond? The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 29, 1002-1009.
- Lowe, D. A., Balsis, S., Benge, J. F., & Doody, R. S. (2015). Adding delayed recall to the ADAS-cog improves measurement precision in mild Alzheimer’s disease: Implications for predicting instrumental activities of daily living. Psychological Assessment, 27, 1234-1240.
- Balsis, S., Unger, A. A., Benge, J. F., Geraci, L., & Doody, R. S. (2012). Gaining precision on the ADAS-cog: A comparison of IRT-based scores and raw scores. Alzheimer’s and Dementia, 8, 288-294.
- Balsis, S., Miller, T. M., Benge, J. F., & Doody, R. S. (2011). Dementia staging across three different methods. Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders, 31, 328-333.
- Carpenter, B. D., Balsis, S., Otlingam, P. G., & Kapoor Hanson, P., & Gatz, M. (2009). The Alzheimer’s disease knowledge scale: Development and psychometric properties. The Gerontologist, 49, 236-247.
- Balsis, S., Carpenter, B. D., & Storandt, M. (2005). Personality change precedes clinical diagnosis of dementia of the Alzheimer type. Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 60B, 98-101.
- Balsis, S., Ruchensky, J. R., Busch, A. J. (in press). Item response theory applications in personality disorder research. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment.
- Balsis, S., Zweig, R. A., & Molinari, V. (2015). Personality disorders in later life. In P. A. Lichtenberg (Ed.), Handbook of Clinical Geropsychology, (pp. 79-94). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
- Balsis, S., Eaton, N. R., Cooper, L. D., & Oltmanns, T. F. (2011). The presentation of narcissistic personality disorder in an octogenarian: Converging evidence from multiple sources. Clinical Gerontologist, 34, 71-87.
- Oltmanns, T. F., & Balsis, S. (2011). Personality disorders in later life: Questions about the measurement, course, and impact of disorders. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 7, 321-349.
- Cooper, L. D., & Balsis, S. (2009). When less is more: How fewer diagnostic criteria can indicate more personality disorder pathology. Psychological Assessment, 21, 285-293.
- Balsis, S., Gleason, M. E. J., Woods, C. M., & Oltmanns, T. F. (2007). Age group bias in DSM-IV personality disorder criteria: An item response theory analysis. Psychology and Aging, 22, 171-185.
CURRENT GRADUATE STUDENTS
Not accepting graduate students 2018-2019.