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Dr. Steve Balsis


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Steve BalsisProfessor
  • College
    College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Department
    Psychology
  • Phone
    (978) 934-3945
  • Office
    Health and Social Sciences Building - 3rd Floor
  • Email

Research Interests

My research focuses on using advanced quantitative techniques to improve the assessment and understanding of clinical disorders (personality disorders, depression, Alzheimer’s disease, etc.). One line of my work shows that many psychological disorders present themselves differently across the lifespan because the social, occupational, and physiological contexts change and influence the expression of these disorders. Another line of work focuses on improving the measurement of dementia. The goal here is to hasten the early detection of Alzheimer's disease, which is a critical step in managing the disease. A few recent studies are aimed at improving the measurement of change in clinical trials of Alzheimer’s disease medications.

Education

  • Ph D: Clinical Psychology & Aging, (2008), Washington University in St. Louis - St. Louis, MO
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Assessment of personality disorders in older adults
  • MA: Clinical Psychology & Aging, (2003), Washington University in St. Louis - St. Louis, MO
  • BA: Psychology & Gerontology, (1999), College of the Holy Cross - Worcester, MA

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Summer Student Research Award (2018)
  • Montague Scholar (2011), Scholarship/Research - College of Liberal Arts, Texas A&M University
  • Rising Star (2011) - Association for Psychological Science
  • Texas A&M University (2010), Teaching - Student Recognition Award for Teaching Excellence
  • Student Led Award for Teaching Excellence (2009), Teaching - Texas A&M University
  • Student Paper Award (2005), Scholarship/Research - American Psychological Association
  • Student Travel Award (2002), Scholarship/Research - American Psychological Association
  • Dean’s List (1999) - College of the Holy Cross
  • Leonard Award (1999) - College of the Holy Cross
  • Sleep and Chronobiology Summer Behavioral Science Research Assistant Award (1998), Scholarship/Research - Brown University
  • Sleep and Chronobiology Summer Behavioral Science Research Assistant Award (1997), Scholarship/Research - Brown University
  • Bausch and Lomb Medal for Excellence in Science (1995)
  • Rensselaer Medal for Excellence in Math and Science (1995)

Selected Publications

  • Balsis, S., Geraci, L., Benge, J., Lowe, D., Choudhury, T., Tirso, R., Doody, R. (2018) "Statistical model of dynamic markers of the Alzheimer’s pathological cascade", Journals of Gerontology, Series B Psychological Sciences 73: pp. 964-973
  • Balsis, S., Ruchensky, J.R., Busch, A.J. (2017) "Item response theory applications in personality disorder research.", Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment 8:4 pp. 298-308
  • Balsis, S., Loehle-Conger, E., Busch, A.J., Ungredda, T., Oltmanns, T.F. (2017) "Self and informant report across the borderline personality disorder spectrum.", Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment 9:5 pp. 429-436
  • Balsis, S., Busch, A.J., Wilfong, K.M., Newman, J.W., Edens, J.F. (2017) "A Statistical Consideration Regarding the Threshold of the Psychopathy Checklist–Revised", Journal of Personality Assessment 99:5 pp. 494-502
  • Benge, J.F., Balsis, S., Madeka, T., Uhlman, C., Lantrip, C., Soileau, M.J. (2017) "Factor structure of the Montreal Cognitive Assessment items in a sample with early Parkinson's disease", Parkinsonism & Related Disorders 41: pp. 104-108
  • Perkins, E.R., Yancey, J.R., Drislane, L.E., Venables, N.C., Balsis, S., Patrick, C.J. (2017) "Methodological issues in the use of individual brain measures to index trait liabilities: The example of noise-probe P3", International Journal of Psychophysiology 111: pp. 145-155
  • Tackett, J.L., Herzhoff, K., Balsis, S., Cooper, L. (2016) "Toward a Unifying Perspective on Personality Pathology Across the Life Span", John Wiley & Sons, Inc. pp. 1-40
  • Busch, A.J., Balsis, S., Morey, L.C., Oltmanns, T.F. (2016) "Gender Differences in Borderline Personality Disorder Features in an Epidemiological Sample of Adults Age 55–64: Self Versus Informant Report", Journal of Personality Disorders 30:3 pp. 419-432
  • Kelley, S.E., Balsis, S., Smith, S.T., Edens, J.F., Douglas, K.S., Poythress, N.G. (2016) "A Dimensional Comparison of a Self-Report and a Structured Interview Measure of Conduct Disorder", Journal of Personality Disorders 30:2 pp. 232-241
  • Benge, J.F., Balsis, S. (2016) "Informant Perceptions of the Cause of Activities of Daily Living Difficulties in Parkinson’s Disease", The Clinical Neuropsychologist 30:1 pp. 82-94
  • Lowe, D.A., Balsis, S., Benge, J.F., Doody, R.S. (2015) "Adding delayed recall to the ADAS-cog improves measurement precision in mild Alzheimer’s disease: Implications for predicting instrumental activities of daily living.", Psychological Assessment 27:4 pp. 1234-1240
  • Geraci, L., Balsis, S., Busch, A.J. (2015) "Gender and the h index in psychology", Scientometrics 105: pp. 2023-2034
  • Balsis, S. (2015) "Personality Assessment", John Wiley & Sons, Inc. pp. 1-5
  • Balderrama-Durbin, C., Snyder, D.K., Balsis, S. (2015) "Tailoring assessment of relationship distress using the Marital Satisfaction Inventory—Brief Form.", Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice 4:3 pp. 127-135
  • Balsis, S., Cooper, L.D., Oltmanns, T.F. (2015) "Are Informant Reports of Personality More Internally Consistent Than Self Reports of Personality?", Assessment 22:4 pp. 399-404
  • Houghton, D.C., Balsis, S., Stein, D.J., Compton, S.N., Twohig, M.P., Saunders, S.M., Franklin, M.E., Neal-Barnett, A.M., Woods, D.W. (2015) "Examining DSM criteria for trichotillomania in a dimensional framework: implications for DSM-5 and diagnostic practice", Comprehensive Psychiatry 60: pp. 9-16
  • Lowe, D.A., Balsis, S., Hughes, M.L., Shine, H.E., Carpenter, B.D. (2015) "Misconceptions of Alzheimer’s Disease", Clinical Gerontologist 38:2 pp. 149-156
  • Hughes, M.L., Lowe, D.A., Shine, H.E., Carpenter, B.D., Balsis, S. (2015) "Using the Alzheimer’s Association Web Site to Improve Knowledge of Alzheimer’s Disease in Health Care Providers", American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease & Other Dementiasr 30:1 pp. 98-100
  • Gleason, M.E., Weinstein, Y., Balsis, S., Oltmanns, T.F. (2014) "The Enduring Impact of Maladaptive Personality Traits on Relationship Quality and Health in Later Life", Journal of Personality 82:6 pp. 493-501
  • Fissette, C., Snyder, D., Balderrama-Durbin, C., Balsis, S., Sigrang, J., Talcott, G., Tatum, J., Baker, M., Cassidy, D., Sonnek, S., Heyman, R., Smith Slep, A. (2014) "Assessing posttraumatic stress in military service members: improving efficiency and accuracy", Psychological Assessment 26: pp. 1-7
  • Balsis, S., Lowe, D.A. (2014) "A Fresh Perspective Revealed by Powerful Trends in Alzheimer's Disease Research", Journal of Alzheimer's Disease 43:1 pp. 289-290
  • Cooper, L.D., Balsis, S., Oltmanns, T.F. (2014) "Aging: Empirical Contribution: A Longitudinal Analysis of Personality Disorder Dimensions and Personality Traits in a Community Sample of Older Adults: Perspectives From Selves and Informants", Journal of Personality Disorders 28:1 pp. 151-165
  • Eaton, N.R., Keyes, K.M., Krueger, R.F., Balsis, S., Skodol, A.E., Markon, K.E., Grant, B.F., Hasin, D.S. (2012) "An invariant dimensional liability model of gender differences in mental disorder prevalence: Evidence from a national sample.", Journal of Abnormal Psychology 121:1 pp. 282-288
  • Lowe, D.A., Balsis, S., Miller, T.M., Benge, J.F., Doody, R.S. (2012) "Greater Precision when Measuring Dementia Severity: Establishing Item Parameters for the Clinical Dementia Rating Scale", Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders 34:2 pp. 128-134
  • Balsis, S., Lowe, D.A., Benge, J.F. (2012) "Shifts in measuring dementia", Neurodegenerative Disease Management 2:5 pp. 443-445
  • Cooper, L.D., Balsis, S., Oltmanns, T.F. (2012) "Self-and informant-reported perspectives on symptoms of narcissistic personality disorder.", Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment 3:2 pp. 140-154
  • Balsis, S., Miller, T.M., Benge, J.F., Doody, R.S. (2011) "Dementia Staging across Three Different Methods", Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders 31:5 pp. 328-333
  • Miller, T.M., Balsis, S., Lowe, D.A., Benge, J.F., Doody, R.S. (2011) "Item Response Theory Reveals Variability of Functional Impairment within Clinical Dementia Rating Scale Stages", Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders 32:5 pp. 362-366
  • Eskander, M.S., Aubin, M.E., Drew, J.M., Eskander, J.P., Balsis, S., Eck, J., Lapinsky, A.S., Connolly, P.J. (2011) "Is There a Difference Between Simultaneous or Staged Decompressions for Combined Cervical and Lumbar Stenosis?", Journal of Spinal Disorders & Techniques 24:6 pp. 409-413
  • Oltmanns, T.F., Balsis, S. (2011) "Personality Disorders in Later Life: Questions About the Measurement, Course, and Impact of Disorders", Annual Review of Clinical Psychology 7:1 pp. 321-349
  • Carpenter, B.D., Zoller, S.M., Balsis, S., Otilingam, P.G., Gatz, M. (2011) "Demographic and Contextual Factors Related to Knowledge About Alzheimer’s Disease", American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease & Other Dementiasr 26:2 pp. 121-126
  • Balsis, S., Lowmaster, S., Cooper, L.D., Benge, J.F. (2011) "Personality Disorder Diagnostic Thresholds Correspond to Different Levels of Latent Pathology", Journal of Personality Disorders 25:1 pp. 115-127
  • Oltmanns, T.F., Balsis, S. (2010) "Assessment of Personality Disorders in Older Adults", Elsevier pp. 101-122
  • Cooper, L.D., Balsis, S., Zimmerman, M. (2010) "Challenges associated with a polythetic diagnostic system: Criteria combinations in the personality disorders.", Journal of Abnormal Psychology 119:4 pp. 886-895
  • Carpenter, B., Balsis, S. (2010) "Pets, pies, and videotape: In-home videotaping of older adults and their adult children", Guilford pp. 239-247
  • Benge, J.F., Balsis, S., Massman, P.J., Havins, W., Doody, R.S. (2010) "Beyond “A&OX3”: What Temporal and Spatial Orientation Questions Tell Clinicians about Cognitive Dysfunction in Alzheimer's Disease", Clinical Gerontologist 34:1 pp. 45-56
  • Balsis, S. (2010) "New Professionals in Gero-Assessment: Moving the Field Forward Using Classic and Novel Approaches", Clinical Gerontologist 34:1 pp. 1-3
  • Balsis, S., Eaton, N.R., Cooper, L.D., Oltmanns, T.F. (2010) "The Presentation of Narcissistic Personality Disorder in an Octogenarian: Converging Evidence from Multiple Sources", Clinical Gerontologist 34:1 pp. 71-87
  • Hambrick, J.P., Rodebaugh, T.L., Balsis, S., Woods, C.M., Mendez, J.L., Heimberg, R.G. (2010) "Cross-Ethnic Measurement Equivalence of Measures of Depression, Social Anxiety, and Worry", Assessment 17:2 pp. 155-171
  • Tackett, J., Balsis, S., Oltmanns, T., Krueger, R. (2009) "A trait perspective on personality pathology across the lifespan", Development and Psychopathology 21: pp. 687-713
  • Balsis, S., Segal, D.L., Donahue, C. (2009) "Revising the personality disorder diagnostic criteria for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders–Fifth Edition (DSM-V): Consider the later life context.", American Journal of Orthopsychiatry 79:4 pp. 452-460
  • Cooper, L.D., Balsis, S. (2009) "When less is more: How fewer diagnostic criteria can indicate greater severity.", Psychological Assessment 21:3 pp. 285-293
  • Carpenter, B.D., Balsis, S., Otilingam, P.G., Hanson, P.K., Gatz, M. (2009) "The Alzheimer's Disease Knowledge Scale: Development and Psychometric Properties", The Gerontologist 49:2 pp. 236-247
  • Balsis, S., Cully, J.A. (2008) "Comparing depression diagnostic symptoms across younger and older adults", Aging & Mental Health 12:6 pp. 800-806
  • Balsis, S., Gleason, M., Woods, C., Oltmanns, T. (2007) "Age group bias in DSM-IV personality disorder criteria: An item response theory analysis", Psychology and Aging 22: pp. 171-185
  • Balsis, S., Woods, C., Gleason, M., Oltmanns, T. (2007) "The over and underdiagnosis of personality disorders in older adults", American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 15: pp. 742-753
  • Brooks, D., Eskander, M., Balsis, S., Ordway, N., Connolly, P. (2007) "Imaging Assessment of Lumbar Pedicle Screw Placement", Spine 32:13 pp. 1450-1453
  • Balsis, S., Eaton, N.R., Zona, D.M., Oltmanns, T.F. (2006) "Teaching Advanced Psychopathology: A Method That Promotes Basic Undergraduate Clinical and Research Experience", Teaching of Psychology 33:4 pp. 242-246
  • Balsis, S., Carpenter, B.D. (2006) "Evaluations of Elderspeak in a Caregiving Context", Clinical Gerontologist 29:1 pp. 79-96
  • Balsis, S., Carpenter, B.D., Storandt, M. (2005) "Personality Change Precedes Clinical Diagnosis of Dementia of the Alzheimer Type", The Journals of Gerontology: Series B 60:2 pp. P98-P101

Selected Presentations

  • Sex differences in cognitive dysfunction due to Alzheimer’s disease - Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychology Society, February 2017 - New Orleans, LA
  • Poor performance on memory tests indicates dementia of the Alzheimer’s type before performance on measures of other cognitive abilities - Texas A&M University LAUNCH Summer Undergraduate Research Poster Session, 2016 - College Station, TX
  • Reading between the items: A closer examination of the assessment of intimate partner aggression - Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, October 2016 - New York, NY
  • The NPI Increases Precision When Measuring DAT - National Academy of Neuropsychology, October 2016 - Seattle, WA
  • Relationship discord across the lifespan: A comparative study of younger and older married couples - American Psychological Association, August 2016
  • Modeling Multidimensionality in Alzheimer’s Disease - Association for Psychological Science, May 2016 - Chicago, IL
  • Self- and informant reported narcissistic personality disorder features: An item response theory analysis - Society for Research in Psychopathology, October 2010 - Seattle, WA

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Clinical Services Education Contract (2018), Contract - Brazos County Juvenile Services Department
    Balsis, S.
  • Development - Summer support for students (2018), - Texas A&M University
    Balsis, S.
  • Clinical services education (2017), Contract - Central Texas Veterans Affairs Health Care Network
    Balsis, S.
  • Clinical services education (2017), Contract - Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
    Balsis, S.
  • Clinical services education (2017), Contract - University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
    Balsis, S.
  • R01 (2014), Grant - National Institute on Aging
    Balsis, S. (Consultant), Oltmanns, T.F. (Principal)
  • Nutrition and Food Science Grant (2018), Grant - National Mango Board
    Balsis, S. (Co-Principal), Talcott, S. (Principal)
  • Clinical Services Education Contract (2017), Contract - Brazos County Texas Commissary Fund
    Balsis, S.
  • Clinical Services Education Contract (2016), Contract - Brazos County Texas Commissary Fund
    Balsis, S.
  • Enhanced Research Capacities Grant (2013), Grant - Texas A&M University
    Balsis, S. (Principal), Edens, J. (Co-Principal)
  • Enhanced Research Capacities Grant (2013), Grant - Texas A&M University
    Balsis, S. (Principal), Edens, J. (Co-Principal)
  • SUROG (2016), Grant - American Psychological Association
    Balsis, S. (Co-Investigator), Fields, S. (Principal)
  • Ray A. Rothrock Fellow (2012), Fellowship - Texas A&M University
    Balsis, S.
  • Ray A. Rothrock Fellowship (2012), Fellowship - Texas A&M University
    Balsis, S. (Principal)
  • R03 (1R03-AG039663-01A1) (2012), Grant - National Institute on Aging
    Balsis, S. (Principal)
  • Texas A&M College of Liberal Arts Faculty Research Enhancement Award (2009), - Texas A&M University
    Balsis, S. (Principal)
  • Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Disorders Center Mitchell Pilot Grant (2008), Grant - Baylor College of Medicine
    Balsis, S. (Co-Principal), Massman, P. (Co-Principal), Benge, J. (Consultant)
  • National Research Service Award (5F31-MH075336) (2006), - NIMH
    Balsis, S. (Principal)
  • Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship (2005), Fellowship - Washington University in St. Louis
    Balsis, S. (Principal)
  • Roma Schaefer Nooter Scholarship (2004), - Washington University in St. Louis
    Balsis, S. (Principal)
  • Summer Training on Aging Research Topics – Mental Health (START-MH) Fellowship (2004), Fellowship - NIMH
    Balsis, S. (Principal)