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Warning: I ask a lot of dumb questions during this interview. Thankfully, Dr. Bryn Harris is not only incredibly knowledgeable about culturally and linguistically responsive assessment, she’s also really kind. Dr. Harris has specialized in bilingual assessment, clinically and academically, for many years. She shares her knowledge today on topics like:
- What is culturally and linguistically responsive assessment?
- What are some common cultural or linguistic ethical dilemmas that psychologists might stumble into when conducting assessment?
- Why using a nonverbal intelligence measure isn’t always the answer
- When to use an interpreter vs. conducting a bilingual assessment?
- Considerations of writing culturally responsive reports
- Resources for early career and more advanced clinicians
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About Dr. Bryn Harris
Bryn Harris, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the School Psychology doctoral program in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver. Her primary research interests include the psychological assessment of bilingual learners, health disparities among bilingual children, particularly those with autism spectrum disorder, culturally and linguistically diverse gifted populations, and improving mental health access and opportunity within traditionally underserved school populations. She regularly conducts international research, primarily in Mexico. Dr. Harris is the director and founder of the bilingual school psychology program at the University of Colorado Denver. She is also a bilingual (Spanish) licensed psychologist and nationally certified school psychologist. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Dr. Jeremy Sharp
Jeremy Sharp, PhD is a licensed psychologist and Clinical Director at the Colorado Center for Assessment & Counseling, a private practice that he founded in 2009 and has grown to include five other clinicians. He earned his undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina before getting his Master’s and PhD in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University. These days, Jeremy specializes in psychological and neuropsychological evaluation with kids and adolescents.
As the host of the Testing Psychologist Podcast, Dr. Sharp provides private practice consulting for psychologists and other mental health professionals who want to start or grow psychological testing services in their practices. Jeremy lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with his wife (also a therapist) and two young kids.
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