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Practical Guide to Child and Adolescent Psychological Testing

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  • Reviews origins of psychological testing and referral process across school, home, and community settings
  • Details how to make referral questions more specific to maximize testing utility
  • Describes evaluation and application of formal and observational data
  • Addresses specific domains of psychological assessment (e.g., intelligence, speech-language, executive function, academic achievement, social-emotional development)

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This book explains the psychological assessment process and reviews the origins of psychological testing, referral and testing processes, and prominent psychological assessment instruments. Most important, this book details how to evaluate testing data and use them to understand an individual’s needs and to inform interventions and treatments.

This book addresses specific domains of psychological assessment, including:

· Intelligence and academic achievement.

· Speech-language and visual-motor abilities.

· Memory, attention/concentration, and executive functioning.

· Behavioral and social-emotional functioning.

· Developmental status.

Practical Guide to Child and Adolescent Psychological Testing is an essential resource for clinicians, primary care providers, and other practitioners as well as researchers, professors, and graduate students in the fields of child, school, and developmental psychology, pediatrics and social work, child and adolescent psychiatry, primary care medicine, and related disciplines.

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Table of contents (19 chapters)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Yale University, New Haven, USA

    Nancy E. Moss, Lauren Moss-Racusin

About the authors

 Nancy E. Moss, Ph.D., trained at the University of California and Yale University, Dr. Moss has more than 30 years of experience in children’s psychological testing. She has always emphasized the importance of communicating assessment findings clearly across disciplines so that medical professionals, parents, and all other caregivers can make confident, appropriate use of the findings on behalf of the children and adolescents tested. A Clinical Assistant Professor at the Yale Child Study Center, Dr. Moss combines teaching of Clinical Psychology Fellows with a longstanding private practice.

Lauren Moss-Racusin, Ph.D., earned her undergraduate degree at Boston University then worked as a Research Assistant at the Yale University Consultation Center. She then completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Connecticut, her Clinical Internship at the University of Illinois at Chicago Counseling Center, and her Post-Graduate Counseling Fellowship at TempleUniversity Tuttleman Counseling Services. She is now on staff at Yale Health Mental Health and Counseling as an Embedded Mental Health Provider to the Residential Colleges. Dr. Moss-Racusin has focused on psychological assessment throughout her clinical training and values its integration within therapeutic practice.

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