Jacob Finn, currently a third-year student in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program, has designed a study to examine the relationships between personality traits and an individual’s preferences for different aspects of therapy. Finn explained, “The goal of the study is to acquire information for better treatment planning. Understanding a client’s preferences should be useful in creating and increasing alliance and should help clinicians to minimize some potential rapport problems in the future.” The project’s conceptualization required Finn to design and create a set of stimuli, aptly named the Finn Therapy Vignettes (FTV). He hopes the DVD will be useful in his own and other researchers’ future studies.
The project has already attracted some positive attention. In April 2008 at the 11th Annual Student Research Colloquium, Finn’s presentation, Personality and Preferences for Psychotherapy: Preliminary Findings for Treatment Planning, was awarded the 2nd Place prize. In May 2008, a similar presentation focusing on the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2) Personality Psychopathology-Five (PSY-5) scales, developed by the University of Tulsa’s Allan R. Harkness and John L. McNulty, was presented at the 43rd annual MMPI-2 Symposium in Minneapolis, and Finn was awarded a Student Travel Award for the presentation. Jacob Finn is currently a member of the Individual Differences Lab, headed by Drs. Harkness and McNulty, and he is a research assistant for the Institute for the Biochemical and Psychological Study of Individual Differences (IBPID), a interdisciplinary research effort among several of the Biochemistry and Psychology departments’ faculty members. After completing graduate school, Finn has aspirations to continue his research and teach as a faculty member at a university.