Preschool assessment is a relatively untouched topic here on the podcast, but that changes with today’s episode! Dr. Stephanie Meyer is here to chat with me about her extensive work in assessing children under five years old. We cover a wide range of topics, from her general approach to testing all the way to specific measures that she uses.
Irritability in kids has been a personal and professional interest for nearly two decades. I went to grad school at a time when pediatric bipolar disorder was the “hot” diagnosis, only to find out several years later that the irritability so often seen as representative of bipolar in kids did not actually predict a bipolar diagnosis during adulthood. The advent of disruptive mood dysregulation disorder advanced our knowledge quite a bit, yet these irritable kids continue to fall in a gray area as far as diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Melissa Brotman is here with me chatting all about her work with pediatric mood concerns, with a focus on the irritability and angry outbursts that so many of us see.
I cannot count how many times I’ve seen requests for clinical consultation come up in the Testing Psychologist Community and elsewhere. Fortunately, Dr. Kathryn Esquer has made a career out of connecting with others and helping them connect with one another. She is here today talking with me about the research and practice of clinical consultation, from both the consultant’s side and the consultee’s side.
Today’s interview was fascinating. I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Ted Cunliffe and Dr. Jason Smith, two of the co-authors of the book, Understanding Female Offenders. These guys have spent their careers working with- and studying female offenders and share a wealth of information from their own research and elsewhere.
We’ve been talking a lot about systems on the podcast lately. Today I have a true master of systems, Natasha Vorompiova from Systems Rock, to share some of her philosophy and secrets on developing systems in your practice. I really connected with Natasha on our shared love of noticing and eliminating inefficiencies in daily life.
The realm of psychopathology assessment is fascinating to me. Today I’m speaking with the developers of the SPECTRA Indices of Psychopathology, Dr. Mark Blais and Dr. Justin Sinclair, about their work to develop this measure over the last decade or so. They are kind enough to endure my naive questions about the measure and the assessment of psychopathology in general.
Uriah Guilford, the owner of The Productive Therapist virtual assistant company, joins me again today for another wide-ranging and dynamic conversation.
Dr. Oxalis Jusino has made it her mission to advance the state of assessment in Puerto Rico. She also has an excellent Spanish-language podcast (linked in the show notes) all about conducting good assessments. Join us today as we talk through the ins and outs of testing “on the island.”
Are you a solo practitioner thinking about making the leap to a group testing practice? That’s where Dr. Mandi White-Ajmani was a few years ago, and she now has a thriving group practice in Brooklyn, New York with both therapists and neuropsychologists on staff. It was such a privilege to sit down with Mandi and talk about her journey from solo to group practice.
This episode is a little departure from normal…instead of me interviewing someone or monologuing on a business topic, I’ve invited my friend and colleague, Dr. Andres Chou, to interview ME. It’s a true gift to have this broad conversation with Andres.