Evans et al. (this volume) reviewed prominent dimensional measures of personality, discussed the clinical usefulness of these measures, and provided an overview of personality assessment issues. This commentary focuses on the clinical utility and applications of personality traits and assessment, as well as factors relevant to bridging the research-to-practice gap. In order to adequately disseminate and implement evidence-based personality assessments into practice, personality pathology researchers should be taking active steps to move the empirical base (e.g., validated models of personality, evidence-based assessments, aspects of clinical utility) into application. The process of translating these traits and measures into practice may include assessing barriers to use among practitioners, addressing matters of acceptability and feasibility, and providing training and consultation to practitioners. The authors review benefits of including adaptive traits in assessment and practice (e.g., assist with collaborative treatment planning, decrease stigma), provide commentary on the incremental utility of dysfunction including the use of external correlates, and outline the importance of bipolarity of dimensional trait measures.
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