Her background and training in psychology. Dr. Linda Baum was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., and was raised by loving and supportive parents in a Roman Catholic home with three siblings. Although she began her education with a focus on aerospace engineering, the interests she developed during an Introduction to Psychology class changed her educational path. She began volunteering at a state psychiatric hospital and transferred to the University of Pittsburgh as a psychology major.
While obtaining her undergraduate degree she worked full-time at the Smoking Research Group Laboratory. She remains thankful for the mentorship and friendship received during those five years. This prepared her for graduate school at Kent State University. She received a M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology while obtaining training in assessment and forensic psychology, under the mentorship of Yossef Ben-Porath. The opportunity to continue MMPI research with Dr. Handel and Dr. Archer, as well as the chance to return to work (in a more professional role) in a state psychiatric hospital, made Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) the perfect place to complete her psychology internship. The beautiful water surrounding the medical school and warm weather here in Virginia while she interviewed in the middle of winter didn't hurt either!
She completed her education with a fellowship in forensic psychology at EVMS and has been certified as a forensic evaluator for the Commonwealth of Virginia. The criminalization of the mentally ill in this country has become a significant social problem and has made training in forensics an important area within psychology. She has found that educating the community regarding mental illness and advocating for those with mental illness have become critical parts of her role as a professional psychologist.
Future goals. She has been blessed with many gifts that have allowed her to excel in her chosen field. Baum feels it is important to use these gifts to serve God and His people. Therefore, she has chosen academic life for her career path. She hopes to provide students of Regent University the same quality mentorship that she received. She wants to help students meet their career goals as well as provide education so that all graduates can become outstanding clinicians as well as advocates for those suffering with mental illness. However, she does hope to successfully balance these career goals with a rewarding family life. In her free time you will find her at the park with her husband, dogs and son.
Archer, R. P. & Baum, L. J. (2015). "Forensic uses of clinical assessment instruments." In K. Heilbrun (Ed.) APA Handbook of Psychology and Juvenile Justice. Washington D.C., APA.
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:
Haber, J. & Baum, L. J. (2014). "MMPI-2-RF scales as predictors of psychiatric diagnosis." South African Journal of Clinical Psychology, 44, 439 – 453.
Bridges, S. A. & Baum, L. J. (2013). "An examination of the MMPI-2-RF L-r Scale in an outpatient Protestant sample." Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 32 (3), 115 - 123.
Baum, L. J., Archer, R. P., Forbey, J., & Handel R. W. (2009). "An Evaluation of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory – Adolescent (MMPI-A) Literature with a Comparison to the Millon Adolescent Clinical Inventory (MACI)." Assessment, 16, 384 – 400.
Sellbom, M., Ben-Porath, Y. S., Baum, L. J., Erez, E., & Gregory, C. (2008). "Predictive Validity of the MMPI-2 Restructured Clinical (RC) Scales in a Batterers’ Intervention Program." Journal of Personality Assessment, 90, 129 – 1395.
Petroskey, L. J., Ben-Porath, Y. S., & Stafford, K. P. 2003. "Correlates of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2) Personality Psychopathology Five (PSY-5) Scales in a Forensic Assessment Setting." Assessment, 10, 393 – 399.
2000 - Present: American Psychological Association, Member.
2008 - Present: Division 36, Psychology of Religion, Member. 2001 - Present: Society for Personality Assessment, Associate Member.