Paul Arbisi, PhD

Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Paul Arbisi

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-725-2000

Office Address:
Paul Arbisi, PhD
Minneapolis VAHCS
1 Veterans Drive
Minneapolis, MN 55417

PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Minnesota, 1990

BS, Microbiology, University of Minnesota, 1980

Internship, Psychology, University of Minnesota, 1988 - 1989


Professional Associations

Dr. Arbisi is a Fellow in Division 12 (clinical) and Division 5 (measurement) of the American Psychological Association and a member of Division 18 (Psychologists in Public Service). He is currently President of the Assessment section of APA Division 12. He is also a member of the Society for Personality Assessment.


Research Summary/Interests

Applied psychological assessment using the MMPI-2 Restructured Form. Specific interests include the use of the MMPI-2 RF to predict treatment outcome and compliance with care. Dr. Arbisi has followed his interest in PTSD through a series of funded longitudinal studies of deployed National Guard soldiers where he is examining the role of broad personality dimensions and associated biomarkers in developing trauma related psychiatric conditions. Further, Dr. Arbisi is exploring the impact of trauma exposure on post deployment personality and the influence of trauma mediated changes in personality on relevant clinical outcomes as well as the impact of personality congruence in partnered soldiers on the integrity and quality of their partnered relationship after return from a prolonged deployment.


Teaching Areas

As a staff psychologist at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center for the past 23 years, Dr. Arbisi has conducted numerous seminars for medical students, psychology interns and residents related to the use of psychometric evaluation in the assessment of psychopathology, personality, and detection of non-credible reporting of psychiatric conditions. Additionally, he has taught courses on interviewing and psychological assessment in the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota. Finally, he is a core faculty member of the MMPI-2/MMPI-2 Workshops and conducts workshops on the use of the MMPI-2 instruments in disability assessments, treatment compliance, and the detection of non-credible reporting as well as basic workshops on the interpretation of the MMPI-2 and MMPI-2 RF.


Clinical Interests

Psychological Assessment; Detection of non-credible reporting of emotional and psychiatric disorders; Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; Seasonal Affective Disorder