Johann Andrew V. Sagmit
AJ obtained his master’s degree in counseling psychology at Ateneo de Manila University in 2005, and is currently completing his PhD in clinical psychology from the same university.
He is actively engaged in a series of on-going test development projects. Currently AJ is working in collaboration with Dr. Roger Dale Davis – a co-author of the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory-III (MCMI-III) towards the completion of two psychological inventories for use in clinical assessment, namely: the development of an inventory of pathological personality traits in lieu with DSM5’s emerging model on personality psychopathology; and the development of an inventory of character strengths in lieu with the assessment of adaptive personality traits. He is also engaged in the completion of his own test-development projects. These include the construction and validation of clinical scales for the assessment of depressivity, anxiety-proneness, and guilt-shame proneness traits. He is also currently working on the validation and norming of a cognitive test that can be used to assess fluid intelligence.
AJ is also currently an adjunct member of the faculty at the psychology department in Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University and Miriam College. He has also taught in other academic institutions like University of the Assumption, Mother of Good Counsel Seminary and St. Paul University. His teaching repertoire covers both graduate and undergraduate courses, which include general psychology, psychological statistics, psychological assessment, test development, abnormal psychology, developmental psychology and theories of personality. On top of this, AJ also delivers a series of lectures, seminars, and workshops for college students (e.g., The Psychopathology of Everyday Love, and lectures on Love and Relationships), for would-be-counselors (e.g., A Forum on Ethics in Counseling, and An Introduction to Technology-Assisted Distance Counseling), for would-be-couples (e.g., Conscious Partnership, Coupling 101, and Coupling 102), and for would-be-test-developers (e.g., Rasch Analysis Lectures).
His clinical practice is specialized in areas that involve gender and sexuality, interpersonal relationships, and intrapersonal growth and self-awareness issues, catering especially to the members of the LGBTI community. On top of his practice as a freelance counselor, AJ has also been involved as a volunteer psychologist at LoveYourself, Inc. – a non-government organization that aims to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS among the youth and key affected population through awareness, counseling and education.
AJ is a member of the Psychological Association of the Philippines, and consistently presents papers and symposia during its annual conventions. He is also a member of the International Association for Cross Cultural Psychology, and Association for Research in Personality.