Dr Martin Sellbom

Visiting Fellow



PhD Clinical Psychology


I am a clinical psychologist trained in the United States.  I received my PhD in Clinical Psychology from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio in 2007. Subsequently, I spent two years as a post-doctoral fellow at Kent State University and Psycho-Diagnostic Clinic in Akron, Ohio, specializing in personality assessment and forensic psychological assessment. I began my academic career as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Alabama in the USA where I spent the past four years prior to my arrival at ANU in July 2013. Furthermore, I serve as an Associate Editor for the journals Psychological Assessment and Journal of Personality Disorders, and am a member of the editorial boards of Assessment, Journal of Personality Assessment, and Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment. For my clinical practice, I specialize in forensic psychological evaluations and pre-employment evaluations for public safety positions. When I am not in my office, I can most likely be found on the golf course, at the gym, or on my sofa watching American college football (Roll Tide!), basketball, movies, or one of many TV shows.


Research awards

  • Academic Advisor Excellence Award, 2013
  • Saleem Shah Award for Early Career Excellence, 2013
  • Chair's Award for Distinguished Research, 2012
  • Samuel and Anne Beck Award for Early Career Achievement, 2009

Research interests

My focuses on psychopathy and other personality disorders (with a current focus on DSM-5 developments), the broader integration of personality and psychopathology, and personality assessment with the MMPI-2 and MMPI-2-RF instruments.


2014-2015: University of Minnesota Press, Assessing Callousness and Other Core Psychopathy Traits with the MMPI-2-RF. Direct Costs: USD $34,235. Principal Investigator: M. Sellbom.

2014: ANU Major Equipment Committee Grant, Haptic feedback driving simulator for road safety research. Direct Costs: AUD $100,000. Investigators: K. Pammer, V. Beanland, M. Sellbom, D. Skorich.

2013-2015University of Minnesota PressAssessing DSM-5 Personality Disorder Criteria with the MMPI-2-RF in Dutch Clinical and Forensic Samples. Direct Costs: US$22,588. Role: Principal Investigator. 

2010-2013: University of Minnesota Press, Construct and Predictive Validity of the MMPI-2-RF in a Diverse Community Sample: Externalizing Psychopathology and Experimental Tasks. Direct Costs: US$98,450. Role: Principal Investigator.

2006-2009: University of Minnesota Press, Exploring issues in personality and psychopathology using the MMPI-2. Direct Costs: US$111,751. Role: Co-Principal Investigator.


Teaching awards

  • Psychology Graduate Student Association's Outstanding Faculty Award, 2013


Current students


110+ publications

Peer-reviewed journal articles since 2013:

* Denotes graduate student advisee/collaborator

1.          Sellbom, M. (in press). Elucidating the Complex Associations between Psychopathy and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder from the Perspective of Trait Negative Affectivity. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health.

2.          *Anderson, J.L., & Sellbom, M. (in press). Construct Validity of the DSM-5 Section III Personality Trait Profile for Borderline Personality Disorder. Journal of Personality Assessment.

3.          Venables, N.C., Sellbom, M., Sourander, A., Kendler, K., Joiner, T.E., Drislane, L.E., Sillanmäki, L., Elonheimo, H., Parkkola, K., Multimaki, P., & Patrick, C.J.(in press).  RDoC Separate and Interactive Contributions of Weak Inhibitory Control and Threat Sensitivity to Prediction of Suicide Risk. Psychiatry Research.

4.          *Anderson, J.L., Sellbom, M., Pymont, C., Smid, W., De Saeger, H. & Kamphuis, J.H. (in press). Measurement of DSM-5 Section II Personality Disorder Constructs Using the MMPI-2-RF in Clinical and Forensic Samples. Psychological Assessment.

5.          *Anderson, J.L., Sellbom, M., Ayearst, L., Quilty, L.C., Chmielewski, M., & Bagby, R.M. (in press). Associations between DSM-5 Section III Personality Traits and the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory 2-Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF) Scales in a Psychiatric Patient Sample. Psychological Assessment.

6.          Dawel, A., McKone, E., O’Kearney, R., Sellbom, M., Irons, J., & Palermo, R. (in press). Contrasting three etiological accounts of the affective features of psychopathy: Individuals high in callous unemotional traits can ignore goal-irrelevant cues to attention with no specificity for fear or eyes. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment.

7.          Noordhof, A., Sellbom, M., Eigenhuis, A.M., & Kamphuis, J.H. (in press). Distinguishing between demoralization and specific personality traits in clinical assessment: the NEO PI-R. Psychological Assessment.

8.          *Anderson, J.L., Sellbom, M., Sansone, R.A., & Songer, D.A. (in press). Comparing External Correlates of DSM-5 Section II and Section III Borderline Personality Disorder Constructs. Journal of Personality Disorders.

9.          Marek, R., Ben-Porath, Y.S, Sellbom, M., McNulty, J.L., & Heinberg, L.J. (in press). Validity of Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory - 2 - Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF) Scores as a Function of Gender, Ethnicity, and Age of Bariatric Surgery Candidates. Surgery of Obesity and Related Disorders.

10.       Sellbom, M., Wygant, D.B., & *Drislane, L.E. (in press). Elucidating the Construct Validity of the Psychopathic Personality Inventory Triarchic Scales. Journal of Personality Assessment.

11.       *Johnson, A.K., Sellbom, M., & Phillips, T.R. (in press). Elucidating the Associations between Psychopathy, Gray's BIS and BAS constructs, and Externalizing Behavior. Personality and Individual Differences.

12.       Glenn, A.L., & Sellbom, M. (in press). Theoretical and Empirical Concerns Regarding the Dark Triad as a Construct. Journal of Personality Disorders.

13.       *Goodwin, B.E., Sellbom, M., & Salekin, R.T. (2015). Elucidating the Construct Validity of the Antisocial Process Screening Device (APSD) in a Sample of Young Adults. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 37, 1-11.

14.       *Wall, T.D., Wygant, D.B., & Sellbom, M. (2015). Boldness Explains a Key Difference Between Psychopathy and Antisocial Personality Disorder. Psychiatry, Psychology, and Law, 22, 94-105.

15.       Beanland, V., Sellbom, M., & *Johnson, A.K. (2014). Personality domains and traits that predict self-reported aberrant driving behaviours in a southeastern US university sample. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 72, 184-192.

16.      *Anderson, J.L., Sellbom, M., Wygant, D.B., Salekin, R.T., & Krueger, R.F. (2014). Examining the Associations between DSM-5 Section III Antisocial Personality Disorder Traits and Psychopathy in Community and University Samples. Journal of Personality Disorders, 28, 675-697.

17.       Kim, G., Sellbom, M., & Ford, K.L. (2014). Race/Ethnicity and Measurement Equivalence of the Everyday Discrimination Scale. Psychological Assessment, 26, 892-900.

18.       Salekin, R.T., Chen, D.R., Sellbom, M., Lester, W.S., & MacDougall, E. (2014). Examining the Factor Structure and Convergent and Discriminant Validity of the Levenson Self-Report Psychopathy Scale. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 5, 289-304.

19.      *Anderson, J.L., *Snider, S.K., Sellbom, M., Krueger, R.F., & Hopwood, C.J. (2014). A Comparison of the DSM-5 Section II and Section III Personality Disorder Structures. Psychiatry Research, 216, 363-372.

20.      Sellbom, M. (2014). A factor mixture model approach to elaborating on offender mental health classification with the MMPI-2-RF. Journal of Personality Assessment, 96, 293-305.

21.      Sellbom, M., Smid, W., De Saeger, H., Smit, N., & Kamphuis, J.H. (2014). Mapping the Personality Psychopathology Five Domains onto DSM-IV Personality Disorders in Dutch Clinical and Forensic Samples: Implications for the DSM-5. Journal of Personality Assessment, 96, 185-192.

22.      Bagby, R.M., Sellbom, M., Ayearst, L.E., Chmielewski, M.S., *Anderson, J.L., & Quilty, L.C. (2014). Exploring the Hierarchical Structure of the MMPI-2-RF Personality Psychopathology Five in Psychiatric Patient and University Student Samples. Journal of Personality Assessment, 96, 166-172.

23.      Veltri, C.O.C., Sellbom, M., Graham, J.R., Ben-Porath, Y.S., Forbey, J.D., & White, R.S. (2014). Distinguishing Personality Psychopathology Five (PSY-5) characteristics associated with violent and non-violent juvenile delinquency. Journal of Personality Assessment, 96, 158-165.

24.      Sellbom, M., Sansone, R.A., Songer, D.A., & *Anderson, J.L. (2014). Convergence between DSM-5 Section II and Section III Diagnostic Criteria for Borderline Personality Disorder. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 48, 325-332.

25.      *Phillips, T.R., Sellbom, M., Ben-Porath, Y.S., & Patrick, C.J. (2014). Further Development and Construct Validation of MMPI-2-RF Indices of Global Psychopathy, Fearless-Dominance, and Impulsive-Antisociality in a Sample of Incarcerated Women. Law and Human Behavior, 28, 34-46.

26.      Sellbom, M, *Anderson, J.L., & Bagby, R.M. (2013). Assessing DSM-5 Section III Personality Traits and Disorders with the MMPI-2-RF. Assessment, 20, 709-722.

27.      Hopwood, C.J., & Sellbom, M. (2013). Implications of DSM-5 Personality Traits for Forensic Psychology. Psychological Injury and Law, 6, 314-323.

28.      *Wall, T.D., Sellbom, M., & *Goodwin, B.E. (2013). Examination of Intelligence as a Compensatory Factor in Non-Criminal Psychopathy. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 35, 450-459.

29.      *Anderson, J.L., Sellbom, M., Wygant, D.B., & Edens, J.F. (2013). Examining the Necessity for and Utility of the Psychopathic Personality Inventory – Revised (PPI-R) Validity Scales. Law and Human Behavior, 37, 312-320.

30.      *Goodwin, B.E., Sellbom, M., & Arbisi, P.A. (2013). Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Veterans: The Utility of the MMPI-2-RF Validity Scales in Detecting Over-Reported Symptoms. Psychological Assessment, 25, 671-678.

31.      Frumkin, I.B., & Sellbom, M. (2013). Miranda Rights Comprehension Instruments: A critical review. Assessment, 20, 545-554.

32.      *Marion, B.E., Sellbom, M., Salekin, R.T., Toomey, J.A., Kucharski, L.T., & Duncan, S. (2013). An Examination of the Association Between Psychopathy and Dissimulation Using the MMPI-2-RF Validity Scales. Law and Human Behavior, 37, 219-230.

33.      *Anderson, J.L., Sellbom, M., Bagby, R.M., Quilty, L.C., Veltri, C.O.C., Markon, K.E., & Krueger, R.F. (2013). On the Convergence between PSY-5 domains and PID-5 Domains and Facets: Implications for Assessment of DSM-5 Personality Traits. Assessment, 20, 286-294.

34.      *Rock, R.C., Sellbom, M., Ben-Porath, Y.S., & Salekin, R.T. (2013). Concurrent and Predictive Validity of Psychopathy in a Batterers Intervention Sample. Law and Human Behavior, 37, 145-154.

35.      Stanley, J.H., Wygant, D.B., & Sellbom, M. (2013). Elaborating on the Construct Validity of the Triarchic Psychopathy Measure in a Criminal Offender Sample. Journal of Personality Assessment, 95, 343-350.

36.      Sansone, R. A., Chang, J., Jewell, B., Sellbom, M., & Bidwell, M. (2013). Compulsive Buying and Borderline Personality Symptomatology. Journal of Personality Disorders, 27, 260-268.

37.      *Lester, W., Salekin, R. S., & Sellbom, M. (2013). The SRP-II as a Rich Source of Data on the Psychopathic Personality. Psychological Assessment, 25, 32-46.

38.      Sansone, R. A., Chang, J., Sellbom, M., & Jewell, B. (2013). Bully victims and borderline personality disorder. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 59, 193-194.

39.      Ayearst, L.E., Sellbom, M., Trobst, K.K., & Bagby, R.M. (2013). Evaluating the Interpersonal Content of the MMPI–2–RF Interpersonal Scales. Journal of Personality Assessment, 95, 187-196.

40.      Sellbom, M., & *Phillips, T. R. (2013). An Examination of the Triarchic Conceptualization of Psychopathy in Incarcerated and Non-Incarcerated Samples. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 122, 208-214.



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