Review and Update on Adult Performance Validity Testing

1.5 CE Credits

Presented by:
Patrick Armistead-Jehle, Ph.D.
Chief, Concussion Clinic
Munson Army Health Center

This course will provide a review and update on performance validity testing (PVT) in adult neuropsychological evaluations.  Recent literature discussing the utility of validity testing in neuropsychological assessment, as well as reviews of stand-alone and embedded measures, will be discussed.  Special topics to be covered will include:  (1) feedback to patients and referring providers; and (2) use of PVTs in special populations. Emphasis will also be given to future directions in PVT research.

After the webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the influence of performance validity testing on interpretation of cognitive test results.
  2. Explain and utilize feedback strategies with patients and referring providers. 
  3. Discuss application of PVTs in patients with low IQ, dementia, and English as a second language.

Target Audience: Neuropsychologists, as well as psychologists involved in cognitive assessments.

Instructional Level: Intermediate

Patrick Armistead-Jehle, Ph.D. ABPP-CN is the chief of the concussion clinic at Munson Army Health Center at Fort Leavenworth, KS.  He completed undergraduate training at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and subsequently obtained a PhD in clinical psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University.  He is board certified by the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology.  Dr. Armistead-Jehle has published several dozen articles in peer reviewed psychological and neuropsychological journals, with the majority if these publications addressing the topics of validity testing and traumatic brain injury.  In addition to part time research and administrative duties, he maintains day to day patient care responsibilities.

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Testing Accommodations for People with Disabilities: Research-Based Practice

1.5 CE Credits

Presented by:
Benjamin J. Lovett, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
State University of New York at Cortland

An increasing number of individuals are receiving accommodations such as extra time, a separate room, and a reader on high-stakes tests used for admission, selection, certification, and educational accountability. However, poor decisions about accommodations use can invalidate test scores and compromise resulting judgments about individuals’ skill levels. After reviewing relevant legal guidelines, we will cover five essential psychometric issues to consider when recommending an accommodation; for each issue, examples of relevant research studies will be discussed. Based on the legal and psychometric foundations, a best-practices model for testing accommodations decision-making will be explicated, and then applied, step-by-step, to several example scenarios. Throughout, the emphasis will be on accommodations for individuals with learning, cognitive, and psychiatric disabilities; however, the model presented can be applied to individuals with sensory and physical disabilities as well. 

After the webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the requirements of laws and regulations affecting disability accommodations.
  2. Discuss the results of relevant research studies exploring the effects of accommodations on test score interpretations.
  3. Apply a model for accommodations decision-making to common assessment situations.  

Target Audience: Psychologists, educators, and physicians

Instructional Level: Introductory

About Benjamin J. Lovett, Ph.D.
Dr. Lovett is Associate Professor of Psychology at the State University of New York at Cortland, where he teaches courses on the assessment and management of students with disabilities. He has published over 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals and edited books, mostly on assessment issues in students with learning and attention problems. His book, Testing Accommodations for Students with Disabilities, was published by the APA Press in 2015. Dr. Lovett consults widely with testing agencies and educational institutions on the topics of disability documentation and testing accommodations, and he has given invited talks and workshops at numerous national and international conferences.

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