Rorschach Performance Assessment System® (R-PAS®)

What is R-PAS?

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The Rorschach Performance Assessment System® (R-PAS®) is an approach to using the Rorschach inkblot test in applied practice. R-PAS grounds the Rorschach in its evidence base, improves its normative foundation, integrates international findings, reduces examiner variability, and increases utility. All while maintaining clinical richness and keeping the needs of the new learner in mind. It is being developed by Gregory Meyer, Donald Viglione, Joni Mihura, Robert Erard, and Philip Erdberg, along with Fabiano Miguel.

Our goal is to have a clinically rich, evidence-based, logically transparent, user-friendly, internationally-focused system of behavioral assessment with inkblot stimuli that is available for applied practice and generates sound inferences. Towards this end, R-PAS provides everything one needs to conduct an individualized Rorschach assessment, including:
  • evidence-based variable selection
  • detailed guidelines for test administration
  • concise procedures to optimize the number of responses
  • basic rules and advanced guidelines for coding responses
  • detailed guidelines for clarifying coding uncertainties
  • new internationally-based normative reference values
  • form quality tables that emphasize both accuracy and conventionality
  • data presentation using easy-to-read graphs of percentile-based standard scores
  • case-based interpretive guides that can be downloaded and edited
  • the ability to adjust for protocol complexity to see what stands out as distinctive
  • scoring using any web-enabled platform
  • translations underway into many languages
On this web page you can find links to the introductory chapter and Table of Contents from our complete 534-page Manual. Published in August 2011, the manual includes information on administration, coding, interpretation, and technical psychometric issues. You will also find a link to an early presentation from the 2011 APA Convention that provides a brief overview of R-PAS. For those who want more information, manuals can be ordered here, free accounts can be obtained here, and R-PAS related research and scholarship can be obtained here. If you are interested in making the transition from other systems to R-PAS, we offer two free 3-hour webinars for account holders. Please explore. We hope you like what you learn.

Manual – Introduction

Manual – Table of Contents

2011 APA Convention Presentation Describing R-PAS

Core Development and Programming Team

Gregory J. Meyer   Donald J. Viglione
Joni L. Mihura   Robert E. Erard
Philip Erdberg   Fabiano K. Miguel

Co-Authors of Manual Chapters or Sections

Robert F. Bornstein   Fatima Miralles   Serge Sultan
Ramona Dumitrascu   Regina Sonia Gattas Fernandes do Nascimento   Yoriko Takahashi
Nicolae Dumitrascu   Ricardo Primi   Anna Elisa de Villemor-Amaral
Elizabeth Koonce   Norma Lottenberg Semer   Latife Yazigi
Helena Lunazzi        

Research Collaborators

Normative Data

Argentina:Helena Ana Lunazzi, Maria Inés Urrutia, Marta García de La Fuente, Diana Elias, Favia Fernandez, & Soledad de La Fuente
Belgium:Christian Mormont, Maud Thommessen & Céline Kever
Brazil:Regina Sonia Gattas do Nascimento, Latife Yazigi, Anna Elisa de Villemor-Amaral, & Ricardo Primi
Denmark:Jan Ivanouw
Finland:Carl-Erik Mattlar, Camilla Forsander, Anette Carlsson, Laila Norrlund, Päivi Vesala, Tarja Leppänen, Ann-Sofi Öist, Juhani Mäki, & Erkki Alanen
France:Serge Sultan, Anne Andronikof, Damien Fouques, Gilles Lemmel, Christian Mormont, Christian Réveillère, & Thomas Saïas
Greece:Stamatia Daroglou & Donald J. Viglione
Israel:Ety Berant
Italy:Adriana Lis, Laura Parolin, Silvia Salcuni, & Alessandro Zennaro
Portugal:António Pires
Romania:Nicolae Dumitrascu
Spain:Vera Campo & Nancy Vilar
United States:John E. Exner; Thomas W. Shaffer, Philip Erdberg, & John Haroian; Don Viglione et al.

Form Accuracy Ratings: Translation and/or Leading Data Collection

Brazil (in Portuguese):Latife Yazigi, Regina Sonia Gattas Fernandes do Nascimento, and Anna Elisa de Villemor-Amaral
China (in Mandarin):Wei-Cheng (Wilson) Hsiao
Finland (partially in Finnish):Heikki Toivakka
Israel:Shira Tibon and Lily Rothschild
Italy:Adriana Lis and Silvia Salcuni
Japan (in Japanese):Namiko Nihashi
Portugal (in Portuguese):Danilo Silva
Romania:Elena Vladislav and Nicolae Dumitrascu
Taiwan (in Mandarin):Wen-So Su and Wei-Cheng (Wilson) Hsiao
Turkey:Tanya Ozbey
US Helpers:Janelle Mason and Katrina Patrick

General Research Contributions, Typically in Multiple Ways

Leah Abraham   Kirstin Filizetti   Raeanne C. Moore
George Bombel   Luciano Giromini   Tonya Oliver
Christina Boudreaux   Robert A. Graceffo   G. Tanya Ozbey
Daniel B. Charek   Sandra L. Horn   Katrina Patrick
Gregory L. Converse   Wei-Cheng (Wilson) Hsiao   Ana Christina Resende
Kristin L. Dean   Ryan Jordan   Christina Saltman
Elisa Delvecchio   Nicholas J. Katko   Michael L. Stanfill
Nicolae Dumitrascu   Elizabeth Koonce   Wen-So Su
Joshua J. Eblin   Joseph M. McCullaugh   Andrew Williams


Assistance with the Manual (Editing, Formatting, or Scoring) or Protocol Management

Christina Boudreaux   Sara Greene   Forrest Masminster
Sarah Carpenter   Danielle Hammer   Vanessa Laughter
Eva Christiansen   Gregory Keith   Heidi Miller
Elizabeth Crawford   Christine Kimmel   Andrew Williams
Ramona Dumitrascu   Jonathan Kruse   Lauren Wunderlich
Nicolae Dumitrascu   Amy Blume-Marcovici    

Translations of the Website and Scoring Program

(More are coming)

Chinese (Traditional):Wei-Cheng (Wilson) Hsiao (蕭偉成)
Chinese (Simplified):Wei-Cheng (Wilson) Hsiao (蕭偉成; in progress)
Czech:Michal Pernicka
Danish:Michael Gillman
Dutch:Koen Dols
Hebrew:Ety Berant and Giora Zakin
Italian:Elisa Delvechhio and Silvia Salcuni
Japanese:Mariko Takahashi (高橋真理子)
Norwegian:Cato Grønnerød
Portuguese (Brazilian):Fabiano K. Miguel
South American Spanish:Giselle Hass
Swedish:Thomas Rosén
Turkish:Tanya Ozbey (in progress)

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