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1922–present

Introduction

Dr. Ralph Reitan is often seen as the “Father of Clinical Neuropsychology” with over 250 publications as well as being one of the foremost American psychologists of the last 50 years. His work with Ward Halstead resulted in the development of the Halstead–Reitan Neuropsychological Battery (HRNB). Dr. Reitan’s work is viewed as groundbreaking in psychology and neurosurgery, because of its utility in predicting the location of brain lesions. The HRNB remains the most widely used neuropsychological battery in North America.

Educational Information

Dr. Reitan received his doctorate in physiological psychology under the supervision of Dr. Ward Halstead at the University of Chicago.

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Dr. Reitan’s interest in neuropsychology was seen early in his studies with Ward Halstead and through his interest in biological intelligence. In an effort to understand normal brain functioning Reitan’s early research focused on tests that would predict...

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References

  1. Dean, R. S. (1985). Review of Halstead–Reitan neuropsychological test battery. In J. V. Mitchell (Ed.), The ninth mental measurements yearbook (pp. 642–646). Highland Park, NJ: Gryphon.

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  2. Reed, H. B. C., Reitan, R. M., & Klove, H. (1965). The influence of cerebral lesions on psychological test performances of older children. Journal of Consulting Psychology, 29, 247–251.

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  3. Reitan, R. M., & Wolfson, D. (1985). The Halstead–Reitan neuropsychological test battery: Theory and clinical interpretation. Tucson, AZ: Neuropsychology Press.

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  4. Reitan, R. M., & Wolfson, D. (1993). The Halstead–Reitan neuropsychological test battery: Theory and clinical interpretation (2nd ed.). Tucson, AZ: Neuropsychology Press.

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  5. Reitan, R. M., & Wolfson, D. (1996). The diminished effect of age and education on neuropsychological performances of learning-disabled children. Child Neuropsychology, 2, 11–16.

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  6. Reitan, R. M., & Wolfson, D. (2001). The Halstead–Reitan neuropsychological test battery: Research findings and clinical application. In A. S. Kaufman, & N. L. Kaufman (Eds.), Specific learning disabilities and difficulties in children and adolescents: Psychological assessment and evaluation (pp. 309–346). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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Holcomb, M.J., Dean, R.S. (2011). Reitan, Ralph M.. In: Goldstein, S., Naglieri, J.A. (eds) Encyclopedia of Child Behavior and Development. Springer, Boston, MA. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-79061-9_2393

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