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Matthew Baity, Ph.D. is a Professor of the APA-accredited Clinical Psychology PsyD Program on the Sacramento Campus. He received his doctorate in 2003 from the University of Arkansas and completed his internship and post-doctoral training at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. After obtaining licensure, Dr. Baity was a staff psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital for four years before joining Alliant in 2008.

A core interest that has run throughout Dr. Baity's training and career has been assessment. Although initially focused on the validity of specific tests with personality disorders, he quickly developed an appreciation for working with the broad range of severe mental illnesses seen in hospital settings. His training in the Therapeutic Assessment Model and early work on a psychodynamic psychotherapy research team in graduate school generated interests in the therapeutic alliance and using assessment to predict early treatment termination.

He received extensive training in personality and neuropsychological assessment at Massachusetts General Hospital both in an outpatient clinic, and as part of the Psychiatry Consult-Liaison Team on inpatient medical floors. Once on staff, Dr. Baity remaining years at the hospital included continuing his assessment practice, seeing patients for both long and short-term psychotherapy in the hospital outpatient clinic and outpatient substance abuse clinic, and doing individual and group therapy with the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Team.

Professional Interests

Personality and neuropsychological assessment; personality disorders; treatment process, outcome and alliance; teaching and training in assessment

Education and Certifications
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology, University of Arkansas
  • Master of Arts in Psychology, University of Arkansas
  • Bachelor of Arts cum laude, University of North Texas
Scholarship and Contributions to the Field
  • Baity, M.R. (2010). "Therapeutic Assessment with the PAI. In M.A. Blais, M.R. Baity, & C. Hopwood (Eds.)." Clinical Applications of the Personality Assessment Inventory. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Baity, M.R. (2010). "Brief rating scales for the assessment of cognitive and neuropsychological status. In L. Baer and M.A. Blais (Eds.). Handbook of clinical rating scales and assessment in psychiatry and mental health." Humana Press: Totowa, NJ.
  • Siefert, C.J., DeFife, J.A., & Baity, M.R. (2009). "Process measures for psychodynamic psychotherapy. In R. Levy and S.J. Ablon. (Eds.), Evidence-Based Psychodynamic Psychotherapy." Totowa, NJ: Humana Press.
  • Blais, M.A., Baity, M.R., & O'Keefe, S. (2008). "Understanding and applying psychological assessment. In T. A. Stern, J.F. Rosenbaum, M. Fava, Biederman, J., and S. Rauch (Eds.). Massachusetts General Hospital Comprehensive Clinical Psychiatry." Mosby Inc., St. Louis, MO.
  • Blais, M.A., & Baity, M.R. (2008). "The projective assessment of personality structure and pathology. In G.J. Boyle, G. Matthews, and D.H. Saklofske (Eds.). The SAGE Handbook of Personality Theory and Assessment: Vol. 2 Personality Measurement and Testing (pp. 566 - 586)." Sage Publications: Thousand Oaks, CA.
  • Gacono, C.B., Bannatyne-Gacono, L., Meloy, J.R., & Baity, M.R. (2008). "The Rorschach assessment of aggression: The Rorschach extended aggression scores. In C.B Gacono, F.B. Evans, N. Kaser-Boyd, and L.A. Gacono (Eds.), The Handbook of Forensic Rorschach Assessment." Lawrence Erlbaum Associates: New York, NY.
  • Blais, M.A., & Baity, M.R. (2006). "Rorschach assessment of histrionic personality disorder. In S. Huprich (Ed.) Rorschach Assessment of Personality Disorders." Lawrence Erlbaum Associates: Mahwah, NJ.
  • Baumann, B. D., Hilsenroth, M. J., Ackerman, S. J., Baity, M. R., Smith, C. L., Smith, S.R., Blagys, M. D., Price, J. L., Heindselman, T. L., Mount, M. K., & Holdwick, D. J. (2001). "The Capacity for Dynamic Process Scale (CDPS): An examination of reliability, validity, and relation to therapeutic alliance." Psychotherapy Research, 11, 275-294.
  • Casarella Espinoza, M., Kellogg, J., & Baity, M.R. (2013). A review of "Writing to clients and referring professionals about psychological assessment results: A handbook of style and grammar." Journal of Personality Assessment, 95, 657 - 659.
  • Blais, M.A, Baity, M.R., & Hopwood, C. (2010). "Clinical Applications of the Personality Assessment Inventory." New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Baity, M.R., Blais, M.A., Hilsenroth, M.J., Fowler, J.C., & Padawer, J. (2009) "Self-mutilation, severity of borderline psychopathology and the Rorschach." Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, 39, 203-225
  • Barazani, S., Smith, S.A., Baity, M.R., & Hilsenroth, M.H. (2008). "Rorschach correlates of adolescent self-mutilation." Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, 72, 54 - 77.
  • Jacobo, M.C., Blais, M.A., Baity, M.R., & Harley, R. (2007). "Concurrent validity of the Personality Assessment Inventory Borderline Scales in patients seeking Dialectical Behavior Therapy." Journal of Personality Assessment, 88, 75-81.
  • Baity, M.R., Siefert, C.S., Chambers, A., & Blais, M.A. (2007). "Deceptiveness on the PAI: A study of na├»ve faking with psychiatric inpatients." Journal of Personality Assessment, 88, 16-24.
  • Harley, R., Baity, M.R., Blais, M.A., Jacobo, M.C. (2007). "Use of DBT skills training for borderline personality disorder in a naturalistic setting." Psychotherapy Research, 17, 362 - 370.
  • Blais, M.A., & Baity, M.R. (2005). "Exploring the psychometric properties and clinical utility of the Modified Mini-Mental State Examination (3MS) in a medical psychiatric sample." Assessment, 12, 1-7.
  • Hilsenroth, M.J., Baity, M.R., Mooney, M.A., & Meyer, G.J. (2004). "DSM-IVMajor Depressive Episode criteria: An evaluation of reliability and validity across three different rating methods." International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice, 8, 3-10.
  • Smith, S.R., Hilsenroth, M.J., Baity, M.R., & Knowles, E.S. (2003). "Assessment of patient and therapist perspectives of process: A revision of the Vanderbilt Psychotherapy Process Scale." American Journal of Psychotherapy, 57, 195-205.
  • Hilsenroth, M.J., Ackerman, S.J., Blagys, M.D., Baity, M.R., & Mooney, M.A. (2003). "Short-term psychodynamic psychotherapy for depression: An examination of statistical, clinically significant and technique specific change." Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 191, 349-357.
  • Baity, M.R., & Hilsenroth, M.J. (2002). "Rorschach aggressive content (AgC) variable: A study of criterion validity." Journal of Personality Assessment, 78, 275-287.
  • Blais, M. A., Hilsenroth, M. J., Castlebury, F., Fowler, J. C., & Baity, M. R. (2001). "Predicting DSM-IV Cluster B personality disorder criteria from MMPI-2 and Rorschach data: A test of incremental validity." Journal of Personality Assessment, 76, 150-168.
  • Smith, S.R., Baity, M.R., Knowles, E.S., & Hilsenroth, M.J. (2001). "Assessment of disordered thinking in children and adolescents: The Rorschach Perceptual-Thinking Index." Journal of Personality Assessment, 77, 447-463.
  • Hilsenroth, M. J., Ackerman, S. J., Blagys, M. D., Baumann, B. D., Baity, M. R., Smith, S. R., Price, J. L., Smith, C. L., Heindselman, T. L., Mount, M. K., & Holdwick, D. J. (2000). "Reliability and validity of DSM-IV Axis V." American Journal of Psychiatry, 157, 1858-1863.
  • Baity, M.R., McDaniel, P.S., & Hilsenroth, M.J. (2000). "Further exploration of the Rorschach aggressive content variable." Journal of Personality Assessment, 74, 231-241.
  • Ackerman, S.J., Hilsenroth, M.J., Baity, M.R., and Blagys, M.D. (2000). "Interaction of therapeutic process and alliance during psychological assessment." Journal of Personality Assessment 75, 1, 82-109.
  • Baity, M. R. & Hilsenroth, M. J. (1999)." Rorschach aggression variables: A study of reliability and validity." Journal of Personality Assessment, 72, 93-110.
  • Sinclair, S., Messinger, J. Siefert, C., Antonius, D., Baity, M.R., Haggerty, G., Stein, M., & Blais, M.A. (2015). "Neuropsychological functioning and profile validity on the Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI): An investigation in multiple psychiatric settings." Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic,79, pp. 305 - 334
  • Haggerty, G., Siefert, C, Stoycheva, Sinclair, S.J., Baity, M.R., Zodan, J., Mehra, A., Chand, V., Blais, M.A. (2014). "Determining adolescents' suitability for inpatient psychotherapy: Utility of the clinician-rated Readiness for Inpatient Psychotherapy Scale with an adolescent inpatient sample." Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, 78, pp. 350-374.
  • Haggerty, G., Forlenza, N., Poland, C., Ray, S., Zodan, J., Mehra, A., Goyal, A., Baity, M.R., Siefert, C.J., Sobin, S., Leite, D., & Sinclair, S.J. (2014). "Assessing overall functioning with adolescent inpatients." Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 202, pp. 822 - 828. doi: 10.1097/NMD.0000000000000200
  • Haggerty, G., Blanchard, M., Baity, M.B., Defife, J.A., Stein, M.B., Siefert, C. J., Sinclair, S.J., & Zodan, J. (2014). "Clinical validity of a dimensional assessment of self- and interpersonal functioning in adolescent inpatients." Journal of Personality Assessment, 10.1080/00223891.2014.930744
  • Blais, M.A., Sinclair, S.J., Baity, M.R., Worth, J., Weiss, A.P., Ball, L.A., & Herman, J. (2011). "Measuring outcome in adult outpatient psychiatry: A preliminary exploration." Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy. doi: 10.1002/cpp.749.