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Dr. Cecil Reynolds is here to have in-depth discussion on pediatric performance validity testing. You may recognize Cecil’s name from his research or the 50 assessment measures that he has developed or co-developed over the last few decades. This episode is a nice complement to my prior interview with Dr. David Baker from a few months ago. Today, we dive a little deeper into the research on pediatric and practice with pediatric PVT’s. These are a few areas that we discuss:
- The importance of base rates of PVT failure
- Why we shouldn’t downward-extend adult PVT’s for kids
- How many PVT’s do we need to “sprinkle in” throughout our testing session(s)?
- Freestanding vs. embedded effort tests
Cool Things Mentioned
- TTP episode with Dr. Stephanie Nelson on Being Less Wrong
- David Faust’s work on cognitive biases and decision-making
- The Pediatric Performance Validity Test Suite
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About Dr. Cecil Reynolds
Dr. Reynolds is an Emeritus Professor of Educational Psychology, Professor of Neuroscience, and a Distinguished Research Scholar at Texas A&M University. He is the author of more than 45 commercially published psychological tests including the BASC-3, RIAS-2, TOMAL-2, and the PdPVTS. Last fall, he was named in the top half of Stanford’s list of the top 2% of scientists in all fields worldwide. He currently writes and practices Forensic Neuroscience in Austin, Texas.
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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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