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I think we all theoretically know that our tests don’t always measure exactly what we want them to measure, but how deeply do we consider this problem? And more importantly, what do we do about it? Dr. Vanessa Torres van Grinsven, a research methodologist with an anthropology and philosophy background, is here for a deep dive into measurement error and personality’s influence on test performance. We get into a wide-ranging conversation about the basics of measurement error, intrapersonal factors that influence test performance, and ways to adapt tests to the individual client. Enjoy!
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- Sources of measurement error in pediatric intelligence testing by Dr. Vanessa Torres van Grinsven.
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About Dr. Vanessa Torres van Grinsven
Vanessa currently works at the section for research methods of the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Human Sciences, at the University of Cologne. She runs the Consultancy Centre for Empirical Research of the Faculty of Human Sciences and teaches research methods from a qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods perspective.
From April 1st she will start working as an assistant professor in Methodology at the Faculty of Psychology of the Open University of the Netherlands, Department of Theory, Methods, and Statistics.
She studied Social and Cultural Anthropology and Philosophy at the University of Barcelona in Spain and later on obtained her Ph.D. at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, on a research methodological topic, after which she specialized in research methods for the social and behavioral sciences, including her interest in measurement issues and personality diversity.
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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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