Behavioral Assessment


1. Define what a psychological test is and discuss the key features that differentiate it from less structured forms of assessment.

2. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of direct structural behavioral observation versus types of tests as behavior assessment methods.

3. Compare and contrast (a) maximum performance and typical performance tests, and (b) psychometric and impression approaches to assessments. Give examples of each.

4. Discuss the concepts of (a) reliability, (b) validity, (c) referencing procedures in relation to psychological tests. Explain how they interrelate.

5. Describe the basic uses of psychological tests.

6. Provide specific examples of tests for assessment of personality and intellectual functioning.

7. Discuss case examples of assessment of psychopathology and personality using a structured questionnaire (the MMPI-2).

8. Discuss the concepts of neuropsychological assessment and give examples of how it is used.

9. Discuss how to make a referral for psychological assessment. Note what is essential in a referral and what is not.