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Where′s Martin Sellbom? - Young Alumni Feature

Dec 2009

Martin Sellbom traveled from his native Sweden to attend Tri–State University, graduating in 2000 with dual majors in criminal justice and psychology. His receipt of Tri–State′s Dr. Jack J. Nortrup Award for the Outstanding Student in Arts and Sciences served as an early indicator of the academic and professional success to follow.

Ball State University′s Department of Psychological Science recognized him as its top graduate student in 2002, and he then earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Kent State University, completing his American Psychological Association accredited internship at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, Ontario. He also completed a post–doctoral fellowship at Kent State, with an emphasis in personality assessment and forensic psychology.

Dr. Sellbom is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Alabama, where he instructs in a clinical program with a psychology law emphasis. His research focuses on the integration of personality and psychopathology, personality assessment, and response bias on assessment instruments.

His work has been featured in over 40 scholarly publications, and he has been awarded over $150,000 in grant funding over the past three years to support his research. He has also won numerous awards, including the Society for Personality Assessment′s Samuel and Anne Beck Award for early career achievement.

He serves on the editorial boards of Psychological Assessment, Assessment and Journal of Personality Assessment, and as a regular ad hoc reviewer for numerous other journals, including the Journal of Abnormal Psychology. His clinical specialty is court–ordered forensic psychological evaluations.

Dr. Michael Blaz, a professor in Trine′s Department of Criminal Justice, Psychology & Social Sciences, recognized Sellbom′s undergraduate promise. "We could see he was special from the beginning," Blaz said. "He was one of the finest students we′ve had in psychology in my 30 years. He was a pleasure to have in class. He has had astonishing success, and I′m very proud of him."

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