Dr. Bagby is a Full Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry, and the Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Toronto. He is the Director of the Clinical Laboratory for Personality, Psychopathology, and Psychodiagnostics at the University of Toronto Scarborough. He is also a Collaborative Scientist in the Clinical Research Department at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute at CAMH, where he conducts studies with psychiatric patient populations.
He is a registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario with declared competency in the areas of adult counselling and clinical psychology and forensic psychology and is certified by the American Board of Assessment Psychology. He is currently on the consulting editorial boards of Journal of Personality Disorders, Journal of Personality Assessment, and Assessment and is Associate Editor of Psychological Assessment.
His primary research interests are: (1) the phenotypic structure of psychopathology and the diagnosis and classification of psychopathology, with a particular focus on personality psychopathology; (2) evaluating the validity and reliability of psychological assessment instruments; (3) examining personality as a mediator and moderator of treatment outcome of major depression; and (4) strategies for the identification and assessment of intentional and non-intentional, non-credible responding on self-report measures of personality and psychopathology.
His primary clinical interests are in psychological assessment, particularly in the areas of psychiatric disorder disability and medical-legal evaluations. His treatment interests centers on those suffering from major depression and he embraces an “eclectic approach” – using components of cognitive-behavioural and brief, evidence-based psychodynamic interventions. He maintains a small private practice.
At the undergraduate level, he teaches a seminar course in Controversies in Abnormal Psychology. At the Graduate level he teaches courses in Psychological Assessment, Psychodiagnosis, and Psychopathology.
Personal interests and hobbies are international travel, reading (favorite contemporary author Don DeLillo), art history (favourite period American abstract expressionism), and gardening.