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.
- 2013-2016, 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., Ruchensky, J. R., Busch, A. J. (in press). Item response theory applications in personality disorder research. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment.
- 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.
- 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.
CURRENT GRADUATE STUDENTS
May accept students for Academic Year 2017-2018