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Acklin, Marvin W.

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Early Life and Educational Background

Acklin was born on October 11, 1949, in Louisville, Kentucky. He obtained his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Houston in 1972, M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary in 1976, and M.A. in Psychology (1980) and Ph.D. (1984) in Clinical Psychology from Georgia State University, under the direction of Earl Brown and Roger Bakeman. He studied in the Graduate Department of Religion at Vanderbilt University in 1977–1978.

Professional Career

Acklin taught at Loyola University of Chicago from 1984 to 1988. He served as Chief Psychologist and Director of Clinical Training at the Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu in 1988–1990. He has been in full-time independent practice since 1990. Acklin has authored over 80 publications in the American Journal of Psychiatry, Assessment, Journal of Personality Assessment, Journal of Clinical Psychology, Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, and Rorschachianaand several book chapters on the clinical...

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  • Acklin, M. W. (1990). Personality dimensions in two types of learning-disabled children. Journal of Personality Assessment, 54(1 & 2), 67–77.

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  • Acklin, M. W. (1991a). Alexithymia, somatization, and the Rorschach response process. Rorschachiana XVII. Bern: Verlag Hans Huber.

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  • Acklin, M. W. (1991b). Rorschach assessment of the borderline child. Rorschachiana XVII. Bern: Verlag Hans Huber.

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  • Acklin, M. W. (1992). Psychodiagnosis of personality structure: Psychotic personality organization. Journal of Personality Assessment, 58(3), 454–463.

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  • Acklin, M. W. (1993a). Combining the MMPI and Rorschach in clinical assessment: Some conceptual and methodological issues. Journal of Personality Assessment, 60, 125–131.

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  • Acklin, M. W. (1993b). Psychodiagnosis of personality structure II: Borderline personality organization. Journal of Personality Assessment, 61, 329–341.

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  • Acklin, M. W. (1994a). How to select personality tests for a test battery. In J. N. Butcher (Ed.), Clinical personality assessment: A practical approach. New York: Oxford University Press.

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  • Acklin, M. W. (1994b). Some contributions of cognitive science to the Rorschach test. Rorschachiana: Journal of The International Rorschach Society. New York: Hans Huber.

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  • Acklin, M. W. (1994b). Psychodiagnosis of personality structure III: Neurotic personality organization. Journal of Personality Assessment, 63, 1–9.

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  • Acklin, M. W. (1995a). Rorschach assessment of the borderline child. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 51(1), 294–302.

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  • Acklin, M. W. (1995b). Integrative Rorschach interpretation. Journal of Personality Assessment, 64(2), 235–238.

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  • Acklin, M. W. (1999). Behavioral science foundations of the Rorschach test: Clinical and research application. Assessment, 6, 319–326.

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  • Acklin, M. W. (2002). Commentary to a special series: Forensic psychodiagnostic testing. Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, 2, 107–112.

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  • Acklin, M. W. (2007). The Rorschach test and forensic psychological evaluation: Psychosis and the insanity defense. In C. B. Gacono & F. B. Evans (Eds.), The handbook of forensic rorschach assessment. New York: Routledge.

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  • Acklin, M. W. (in press-a). Assessing insanity: The Rorschach–performance assessment system (R-PAS) in a criminal responsibility evaluation. In J. Mihura, G. Meyer, and P. Erdberg (Eds.). Applications of the Rorschach performance assessment system (R-PAS). New York: Guilford Press.

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  • Acklin, M. W. (in press-b). Madness, mayhem, and murder: A comparative Rorschach case Study of methamphetamine psychosis and paranoid schizophrenia. In B. Evans and R. Erard (Eds.). The Rorschach in multimethod forensic practice. New York: Routledge.

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  • Acklin, M. W., & Alexander, G. (1988). Alexithymia and somatization: A Rorschach study of four psychosomatic groups. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 176, 343–350.

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  • Acklin, M. W., & Bernat, E. (1987). Depression, alexithymia, and pain prone disorder: A Rorschach study. Journal of Personality Assessment, 51, 462–479.

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  • Acklin, M. W., & Fechner-Bates, S. B. (1989). Rorschach developmental quality and intelligence factors. Journal of Personality Assessment, 53, 537–545.

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  • Acklin, M. W., & Gray, B. T. (2007). The use of the Rorschach inkblot method in trial competency evaluations. In C. B. Gacono & F. B. Evans (Eds.), The handbook of forensic Rorschach assessment. New York: Routledge.

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  • Acklin, M. W., & Holt, P. (1996). Contributions of cognitive science to the Rorschach Test II: Cognitive and neuropsychological correlates of the response process. Journal of Personality Assessment, 67, 169–178.

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  • Acklin, M. W., & McDowell, C. (1995). Statistical power analysis and the Rorschach research literature. In J. E. Exner (Ed.), Methods and issues in Rorschach research. Hillsdale: Lawrence Erlbaum.

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  • Acklin, M. W., & McDowell, C. (1996). Standardizing procedures for calculating Rorschach interrater reliability I: Conceptual and empirical foundations. Journal of Personality Assessment, 66(2), 308–320.

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  • Acklin, M. W., & Olivera-Barry, J. (1996). Return to the source: H. Rorschach’s psychodiagnostics for the contemporary clinician. Journal of Personality Assessment, 67(2), 427–433.

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  • Acklin, M. W., McDowell, C., & Orndoff, S. (1992). Statistical power and the Rorschach: 1975–1991. Journal of Personality Assessment, 59, 366–379.

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  • Acklin, M. W., Wright, D., & Bruhn, A. (1997). He, she, it: The construction and deconstruction of an illusory identity. In R. Meloy, C. Gacono, M. W. Acklin, C. A. Peterson, & J. Murray (Eds.), Contemporary Rorschach interpretation. Hillsdale: Lawrence Erlbaum.

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  • Acklin, M. W., McDowell, C. M., Verschell, M., & Chan, D. (2000). Interrater reliability and the Rorschach comprehensive system. Journal of Personality Assessment, 74(1), 15–47.

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  • Acklin, M. W., Le, S., & Tyson, J. (2006). Rorschach assessment of personality disorders: Applied clinical science and psychoanalytic theory. In S. Huprich (Ed.), Rorschach assessment of personality disorders. Mahwah: Lawrence Erbaum Associates.

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  • Meloy, J. R., Gacono, C., Acklin, M. W., Peterson, C. A., & Murray, J. (1997). Contemporary Rorschach interpretation. Hillsdale: Lawrence Erlbaum.

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Acklin, M.W. (2016). Acklin, Marvin W.. In: Zeigler-Hill, V., Shackelford, T. (eds) Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28099-8_336-1

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