158: Report Writing Part 1: Readability

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Welcome to the first in a two-part series on report writing! There are SO many questions about psychological and neuropsychological report writing, from beginner and advanced clinicians alike. I could easily do a 7,000 part series on this topic, but I’ll keep it to two for now 🙂 

In this first part, I’m talking about readability. Have you checked the reading level on your reports recently? Chances are, you’re WAY above the average person’s reading level. There are so many factors that go into reading level. Here are just a few that I’ll talk about today:

  • Passive tense
  • Jargon
  • Extra words
  • Poor layout

*Note: much of the content here is derived from Dr. Dean Beebe’s workshop on pediatric report-writing from the AACN 2019 conference.

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About Dr. Jeremy Sharp

I’m a licensed psychologist and Clinical Director at the Colorado Center for Assessment & Counseling, a private practice that I founded in 2009 and grew to include nine licensed clinicians, three clinicians in training, and a full administrative staff. I earned my undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina before getting my Master’s and PhD in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University. These days, I specialize in psychological and neuropsychological evaluation with kids and adolescents.

As the host of the Testing Psychologist Podcast, I provide private practice consulting for psychologists and other mental health professionals who want to start or grow psychological testing services in their practices. I live in Fort Collins, Colorado with my wife (also a therapist) and two young kids.

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