199. Conducting a Valid ADHD Assessment w/ Dr. Julie Suhr & Dr. Allyson Harrison

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“We should not pathologize ‘normal’.”

Do you include a PVT as part of your standard ADHD battery? If not, I bet you will after this episode! Drs. Julie Suhr and Allyson Harrison are here today talking through their research and experience with validity issues in ADHD assessment. If you’ve ever found yourself wondering if that young adult client REALLY has ADHD or if you should be considering other factors or diagnoses, this is the episode for you. These are some of the topics we cover:

  • The most common diagnostic criteria that we ignore when diagnosing ADHD
  • An ideal ADHD battery
  • The role of non-diagnostic environmental factors in functioning
  • Sensitivity, specificity, and predictive power in our assessment instruments

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Dr. Allyson Harrison

Allyson G. Harrison is a clinical neuropsychologist. She is currently the clinical director of the Regional Assessment & Resource Center at Queen’s University, Canada, a government-funded center mandated to support postsecondary students through the provision of assessments. She also holds an appointment as an associate professor in the Department of Clinical Psychology at Queen’s University. Her research is dedicated to issues of differential diagnosis in LD and ADHD.

Get in touch: harrisna@queensu.ca

Dr. Julie Suhr

Julie Suhr is Professor and Director of Clinical Training of the doctoral program in clinical psychology at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, USA. She is a neuropsychologist who conducts research on psychological and neuropsychological assessment of many conditions, including adult ADHD. She is a fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology and of the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology and is co-Editor in Chief of Journal of Clinical Neuropsychology and Incoming Editor for the APA journal Psychological Assessment.

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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 have grown to over 20 clinicians. 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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Comments 1

  1. Dr. Harrison and Suhr presented themselves as frustrated and jaded with a negative outlook on the populations they are supposed to be helping. I sat around for over 30 minutes listening to this episode waiting for them to get to what they were supposed to be discussing, only to hear them speak about clients in a way I’d be embarrassed to have said clients overhear. Rigor is important, but they can save their vitriol and deal with it elsewhere. I don’t need that and neither does anyone else listening.

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