March 10 | 8:00 am - 11:45 am


Lisa A. Suzuki, PhD | New York University
Radhika Krishnamurthy, PsyD| Florida Institute of Technology
A. Jordan Wright, PhD | New York University

Workshop Information:

Ethical codes, testing standards, and practice guidelines impact the ways in whichpsychological tests are developed, standardized, selected, administered, and interpreted.Increasing controversies around the use of psychological assessment practices with respectto diversity, fairness, intersectionality, and cultural context are reported as central byprofessional organizations and marginalized and oppressed communities. Large scaleassessments used as gatekeepers to educational opportunities as well as psychologicalmeasures used to diagnose, determine interventions, and measure effectiveness andoutcomes face challenges of systemic bias against marginalized and oppressedcommunities. This workshop presents an ethical and best practices framework for theassessment process integrating current guidelines and standards. In addition,complementary models of cultural competence and cultural humility are presented as abackdrop for discussion of contextual factors in relation to the usage of the most popularassessment. Tools to be used to gather relevant background information will also behighlighted (e.g., culturally based interview protocols). Application of an assessmentframework will be a critical piece of this workshop as participants will engage in discussionaround particular assessment cases. This is an introductory workshop designed for newprofessionals as well as those interested in reconceptualizing the assessment processthrough exploration of standards of assessment focusing on a cultural lens.

Goals and Objectives:

1. Participants will be able to explain the impact of ethical standards and testing and practice guidelines as they pertain to psychological assessment.

2. Participants will identify complementary aspects or cultural competence and cultural humility in relation to the assessment process.

3. Participants will be able to describe how controversies and cultural challenges to the most popular cognitive and personality measures continue to impact contemporary assessment practices.

4. Participants will learn ways to gather and integrate information regarding intersectional identities as part of the assessment process.

5. Participants will be able to identify strengths and limitations of current psychological assessment procedures and measures.

6. Participants will apply cultural frameworks to specific cases to be provided by presenters.

Skill Level:

Participants should have a basic understanding of the application of ethical standards,testing guidelines, and practice guidelines as they pertain to psychological assessmentpractices. The potential importance of examining cultural context in the understanding andinterpretation of assessment results and formulation of recommendations will also beexamined and discussed.

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