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Understanding Digital Assessments

Gail C. Rodin, Ph.D.

Online Registration is now closed. Onsite registration will begin at 8:30AM.

Workshop Instructional Level: Beginning to Intermediate. No prior familiarity with digital assessment is required.

Gail C. Rodin, PhD is an employee of Pearson Clinical Assessment, the company that developed Q-global and Q-interactive, and which publishes the psychological assessment measures (BASC-3, WAIS-IV, etc.) that are delivered using these digital systems. There are no non-financial relationships to disclose.

The past five years have brought about a sea change in the world of psychological assessment, with administration, scoring, and report generation increasingly being accomplished digitally. While this change has brought about improvements in the speed, accuracy, and convenience of testing for clinicians, it has also raised new questions and issues. How can I be sure test results obtained digitally are reliable, valid, and equivalent to those that come from traditional paper and pencil measures? Does digital assessment comply with requirements for data security and handling of protected health information (PHI)? What changes, if any, do I need to make in obtaining informed consent for assessment?
Please join us for a lively and informative look at the latest innovations in digital assessment, focusing on Pearson's Q-global (online) and Q-interactive (iPad-based) systems. We will discuss both practical and ethical issues involved in moving to digital test administration, evaluate the research to date, and view administration of both rating scales (e.g., BASC-3) and performance measures (e.g., WAIS-IV) using digital means. After the formal workshop has concluded, participants will also have an opportunity to gain hands-on experience using both Q-global and Q-interactive.

This workshop is designed to help you:

  1. Utilize digital administration, scoring, and report generation in your clinical work;
  2. Describe how equivalency between digital and paper-and-pencil test administration is established;
  3. Discuss ethical issues posed by digital assessment and determine how to address them in clinical practice.

Dr. Gail Rodinis a clinical neuropsychologist who lives and works outside Raleigh, NC. She majored in psychology as an undergraduate at Yale University and completed her PhD in clinical psychology at New York University. In 1994 she opened the Center for Attention, Learning, and Memory in Raleigh, through which she offered clinical assessment services and training for fellow professionals. Since 2002 she has worked for Pearson Clinical Assessment (formerly Harcourt Assessment/The Psychological Corporation), where she is currently the Behavioral Health Consultant for eight mid-Atlantic states. Dr. Rodin has co-authored chapters on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome in women with ADHD, and is currently preparing a new book, Limbic Life. Her clinical interests include developmental learning disorders (ADHD, learning disabilities, and high-functioning autism spectrum disorders); psychopharmacology; and the integration of scientific findings into public policy.