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John McNulty, PhD

John McNulty, PhD
Department Chairperson of Psychology
Associate Professor of Psychology
College of Arts & Sciences
Psychology
918-631-2835 Lorton Hall Room 307-A

Education

PhD – The University of Tulsa MBA – University of Oklahoma BA – University of Oklahoma

Bio

John L. McNulty graduated from the University of Tulsa in 1995 with a PhD in clinical psychology. Prior to returning to TU in the fall of 1999, he completed post-doctoral training at Kent State University, specializing in personality assessment. He has authored or co-authored numerous articles or book chapters, and co-authored a book with John R. Graham and Yossef S. Ben-Porath on the interpretation of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory - 2nd Edition (MMPI-2), the most widely used personality assessment instrument in the world. McNulty received the 2003 Society for Personality Assessment Samuel J. and Anne G. Beck Award for outstanding early career research in the field of personality assessment.

In addition to personality assessment, McNulty has collaborated with Dr. Allan Harkness, also at TU, in developing a dimensional model of personality named the Personality Psychopathology Five (PSY-5). With Y.S. Ben-Porath, they developed scales to assess the model that have been included with the MMPI-2 and are routinely reported and used by clinicians.

With Dr. Allan Harkness in the Department of Psychology, and Dr. William Potter and Dr. Robert Sheaff in the Department of Chemistry, McNulty co-founded the interdisciplinary Institute for Biological and Psychological Study of Individual Differences (IPBID). As the name suggests, institute members are involved in the exciting development of fundamental theories about the nature of the behavioral systems that structure and guide adaptive behavior.

Research Interests

How to develop an understanding of important psychological variables, then create and evaluate techniques for assessing them, primarily for clinical use.

Teaching Interests

Undergraduate: Research Methods
Graduate: Personality Assessment
Psychometrics

Publications

  • Graham, J. R., Ben-Porath, Y. S., & McNulty, J. L. (1999). MMPI-2 correlates for outpatient community mental health settings. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

  • Harkness, A. R., & McNulty, J. L. (1994). The personality psychopathology five (PSY-5): Issue from the pages of a diagnostic manual instead of a dictionary. In S. Strack and M. Lorr (Eds.), Differentiating Normal and Abnormal Personality (pp. 291-315). New York: Springer.

  • McNulty, J. L. & Harkness, A. R., (2002). The MMPI-2 PSY-5 scales and the Five Factor Model. In B. De Raad and M. Perugini (Eds.), Big Five Assessment (pp.435-456). Seattle: Hogrefe & Huber.

  • McNulty, J. L., Graham, J. R., Ben-Porath, Y. S., & Stein, L. A. R. (1997). Comparative validity of MMPI-2 scores of African American and Caucasian mental health center clients. Psychological Assessment, 9, 464-470.

  • Harkness, A. R., & McNulty, J. L. (2002). Implications of personality individual differences science for clinical work on personality disorders. P. T. Costa, Jr. & T. A. Widiger (Eds.) Personality disorders and the five-factor model of personality (2nd Ed.) (pp. 391-403). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

  • McNulty, J. L., Hogan, R. T., & Bordeaux, C. R. (2002). Anger, hostility, and violence in the workplace. In J. C. Thomas & M. Herson (Eds.), Handbook of Mental Health in the Workplace (pp. 401-412). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

  • Harkness, A. R., & McNulty, J. L. (2006). An overview of personality: The MMPI-2 Personality Psychopathology Five Scales. In James N. Butcher (Ed.), MMPI-2: A practitioner’s guide (pp. 73-97). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

  • McNulty, J. L. (1995). Assessing the Personality Psychopathology Five. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering. Vol. 56(3_B) 1705.

  • Nicholson, R. A., & McNulty, J. L. (1992). Outcome of hospitalization for defendants found incompetent to stand trial. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 10, 371-383.

  • McNulty, J. L., Harkness, A. R., Ben-Porath, Y. S., & Williams, C. L. (1997). Assessing the Personality Psychopathology Five (PSY-5) in adolescents: New MMPI-A scales. Psychological Assessment, 9, 250-259.

  • Graham, J. R., Ben-Porath, Y. S., & McNulty, J. L. (1997). Empirical correlates of low scores on MMPI-2 scales in an outpatient mental health setting. Psychological Assessment, 9, 386-391.

  • Stein, L. A. R., Graham, J. R., Ben-Porath, Y. S., & McNulty, J. L. (1999). Using the MMPI-2 to detect substance abuse in an outpatient mental health setting. Psychological Assessment, 11, 94-100.

  • McNulty, J. L., Ben-Porath, Y. S., & Graham, J. R. (1998). An empirical examination of the correlates of well-defined and not defined MMPI-2 code types. Journal of Personality Assessment, 71, 393-410.

  • Barthlow, D. L., Graham, J. R., Ben-Porath, Y. S., & McNulty, J. L. (1999). Incremental validity of the MMPI-2 content scales in an outpatient mental health setting. Psychological Assessment, 11, 39-47.

  • Harkness, A. R., McNulty, J. L., & Ben-Porath, Y. S. (2000). The personality psychopathology five (PSY-5): Constructs and MMPI-2 scales. In J. N. Butcher (Ed.), Basic Sources on the MMPI-2 (pp. 253-270). Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. (Reprints 1995 Psychological Assessment article)

  • McNulty, J. L., Graham, J. R., Ben-Porath, Y. S., & Stein, L. A. R. (1997). Comparative validity of MMPI-2 scores of African American and Caucasian mental health center clients. Psychological Assessment, 9, 464-470.

  • Barthlow, D. L., Graham, J. R., Ben-Porath, Y. S., Tellegen, A., & McNulty, J. L. (2002). The appropriateness of the MMPI-2 K-Correction. Assessment, 9, 219-229.

  • Graham, J. R., Barthlow, D. L., Stein, L. A. R., Ben-Porath, Y. S., & McNulty, J. L. (2002). Assessing general maladjustment with the MMPI-2. Journal of Personality Assessment, 78, 334-347.

  • Arbisi, P. A., Ben-Porath, Y. S., & McNulty, J. L. (2002). A comparison of MMPI-2 validity in African American and Caucasian psychiatric inpatients. Psychological Assessment, 14, 3-15.

  • Arbisi, P. A., Ben-Porath, Y. S., & McNulty, J. L. (2003). Refinement of the MMPI-2 F(p) scale is not necessary: A reply to Gass and Luis. Assessment, 10, 123-128.

  • Butcher, J. N., Arbisi, P. A., Atlis, M. M., & McNulty, J. L. (2003). The Construct Validity of the Lees-Haley FB Scale (FBS): Does this Scale Measure Somatic Malingering and Feigned Emotional Distress? Archives of Clinical Neurology, 18, 473-485.

  • McNulty, J. L., Forbey, J. D., Graham, J. R., Ben-Porath, Y. S., Black, M. S., Anderson, S. V., and Burlew, A. K. (2003). MMPI-2 validity scale characteristics in a correctional sample. Assessment, 10, 288-298.

  • Quirk, S. W., Wagner, S. H., Christiansen, N. D., McNulty, J. L., & Ben-Porath, Y. S. (2003). On the usefulness of measures of normal personality for clinical assessment: Evidence of the incremental validity of the revised NEO Personality Inventory. Psychological Assessment, 15, 311-325.

  • Arbisi, P. A., Murdoch, M., Fortier, L., & McNulty, J. L. (2004). MMPI-2 validity and award of service connection for PTSD during the VA compensation and pension evaluation. Psychological Services, 1, 56-67.

  • Black, M. S., Forbey, J. D., Ben-Porath, Y. S., Graham, J. R., McNulty, J .L., Anderson, S. V., & Burlew, A. K. (2004). Using the MMPI-2 to detect psychological distress and dysfunction in a state correctional setting. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 31, 734-751.

  • Arbisi, P. A., Ben-Porath, Y. S., & McNulty, J. L. (2003). Empirical correlates of common MMPI-2 two-point codes in male psychiatric inpatients. Assessment, 10, 237-247.

  • Barthlow, D. L., Graham, J. R., Ben-Porath, Y. S., & McNulty, J. L. (2004). Construct validity of the MMPI-2 college maladjustment (Mt) scale. Assessment, 11, 251-262.

  • Sellbom, M., Ben-Porath, Y. S., McNulty, J. L., Arbisi, P. A., & Graham, J. R. (2006). Elevation differences between MMPI-2 clinical and restructured clinical (rc) scales: Frequency, origins, and interpretive implications. Assessment, 13, 430-441.

  • Tellegen A., Ben-Porath, Y. S., Sellbom, M., Arbisi, P. A., McNulty, J. L., & Graham, J. R. (2006). Further evidence on the validity of the MMPI-2 restructured clinical (RC) scales: Addressing questions raised by Rogers, Sewell, Harrison, and Gordon and Nichols. Journal of Personality Assessment, 87, 148-171.

  • Arbisi, P. A., Ben-Porath, Y. S., & McNulty, J. L. (2006). The ability of the MMPI-2 to detect feigned PTSD within the context of compensation seeking. Psychological Services, 3, 249-261.

  • Weisenburger, S.M., Harkness, A.R., McNulty, J.L., Graham, J.R., & Ben-Porath, Y.S. (2008). Interpreting Low PSY-5 Aggressiveness Scores on the MMPI-2: Graphical, Robust, and Resistant Data Analysis. Psychological Assessment, 20, 403-408.

  • Kamphuis, J. H., Arbisi, P. A., Ben-Porath, Y. S., & McNulty, J. L. (2008). Detecting comorbid axis-II status among inpatients using the MMPI-2 Restructured Clinical scales. European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 24(3), 157-164.

  • Palit, S.,** Sheaff, R. J., France, C. R., McGlone, S., Potter, W., Harkness, A., McNulty, J., Bartley, E. J.,* Hoffman, R., Monda, J. K., & Rhudy, J. L. (2011). Serotonin transporter gene (5-HTTLPR) polymorphisms are associated with emotional modulation of pain but not emotional modulation of spinal nociception. Biological Psychology, 86, 360-369. PMID: 21291949

  • Harkness, A.R, Finn, J.A., McNulty, J.L., & Shields, S.M. (2012).The Personality Psychopathology-Five (PSY-5): Recent Constructive Replication And Assessment Literature Review. Psychological Assessment, 24, 432-443.

  • Palit S, Sheaff RJ, France CR, McGlone S, Potter WT, Harkness A, McNulty J, Bartley EJ, Hoffmann R, Monda JK, Rhudy JL. Serotonin Transporter Gene (SLC6A4) Polymorphisms and Emotional Modulation of Pain and Nociception. Biological Psychology 86 (2011) 360–369.

  • Marek, R. J., 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 for Obesity and Related Diseases.

  • McNulty, J. L., & Overstreet, S. R. (2014). Viewing the MMPI-2-RF structure through the Personality Psychopathology Five (PSY-5) lens. Journal of Personality Assessment, 96(2), 151-157.

  • Harkness, A. R., McNulty, J. L., Finn, J. A., Reynolds, S. M., Shields, S. M., & Arbisi, P. A. (2014). The MMPI-2-RF Personality Psychopathology Five (PSY-5-RF) scales: Development and validity research. Journal of Personality Assessment, 96(2), 140-150.

  • Harkness, A. R., McNulty, J. L., Ben-Porath, Y. S., & Graham, J. R. (2002). The Personality Psychopathology Five (PSY-5) scales: Gaining an overview for case conceptualization and treatment planning. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

  • Tellegen, A., Ben-Porath, Y. S., McNulty, J. L., Arbisi, P. A., Graham, J. R., & Kaemmer, B. (2003). The MMPI-2 Restructured Clinical Scales. Minneapolis: The University of Minnesota Press.

  • Arbisi, P. A., & McNulty, J. L. (1997). Is response to dim red light a function of personality? Society for Light and Biological Rhythms Abstracts, 9, 5.

  • McNulty, J. L. (2000). The five-factor model of personality. In Alan Kazdin (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Psychology. New York: Oxford University Press.

  • Palit, S. **, Hoffmann, R., Monda, J. K., DelVentura, J. L. *, Bartley, E. J. *, Sheaff, R. J., Potter, W., France, C. R., Harkness, A., McNulty, J., & Rhudy, J. L. (2009). Do 5-HT Transporter Gene (SLC6A4) Polymorphisms Confer Risk for Situation-Specific Pain Catastrophizing?: A Pilot Study. Program No. 779.2. Neuroscience Meeting Planner. Chicago, IL: Society for Neuroscience, 2009. Online.

  • Palit, S.**, Hoffmann, R., Sheaff, R. J., McGlone, S., France, C. R., Potter, W., Harkness, A., McNulty, J., Bartley, E. J. *, Monda, J. K., & Rhudy, J. L.. Associations between serotonin transporter gene (SLC6A4) polymorphisms and emotional modulation of pain and nociception. Program No. 487.1/XX13. 2010 Neuroscience Meeting Planner, San Diego, CA: Society for Neuroscience, 2010. Online.

Courses Taught

  • Dissertation Research
  • Research Methods in Psychology

Professional Affiliations

  • Society for Personality Assessment

Awards & Honors

  • Samuel J. and Anne G. Beck Award