During his 50-plus years of therapeutic work with children and their families, Dr. Roberts has also concentrated on developing the test of child and adolescent personality functioning that is now titled the Roberts-2.
Dr. Roberts received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Purdue University, where he began the process of developing the test as he studied aspects of stimulus variation. As he subsequently worked in a wide variety of clinical settings in the Los Angeles area, he studied pictures that elicited meaningful interpretations of the situations portrayed. With significant situations identified, he tested thousands of clinical and non-clinical children and adolescents to construct an objective scoring system, and established norms with a regional population. The test was first published in 1982, as the Roberts Apperception Test for Children (RATC), and was adopted by clinical and school psychologists as a significant tool to assess child personality functioning.
In Dr. Roberts’ work as the clinical director of a community mental health clinic, he acquired knowledge from his own research and the practical experiences of staff and psychology interns to improve and refine the scales of the RATC. With updated pictures and the addition and refinement of scales, the test was administered to thousands of children and adolescents nationally to establish valid norms. The improved and refined test was published in 2005 and named the Roberts-2. Dr. Roberts continues to commit to the utility of the Roberts-2 , and has conducted training workshops nationally and internationally for educators and clinicians.