Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences

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Sellbom, Martin

  • Martin SellbomEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28099-8_342-1

Martin Sellbom, Ph.D., is a Professor in Clinical Psychology at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. He is best known for his scholarly work on the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) instruments, psychopathic personality, and dimensional models of personality disorders. He has also conducted research and taught in areas relevant to forensic psychology.

Background and Professional Trajectory

Sellbom was born and raised in Sweden. He was raised by his father, a manager at a factory producing aluminum cans, and his mother, who worked in office administration. Neither pursued university education and Sellbom was the first in his extended family to obtain any form of tertiary education. His route to academia was somewhat circuitous and generally unplanned. At age 19, he left for the USA to play American football at Tri-State (now Trine) University in Indiana. He selected psychology as an undergraduate major because his football coach told him he had to select...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand

Section editors and affiliations

  • Marion Wallace
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Alabama BirminghamBirminghamUSA