The Why and How of Performance Validity Testing in Children and Adolescents: The Pediatric Performance Validity Test Suite (PdPVTS™)

Date: September 14, 2022
Time: 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern
Eligible for: 1.5 CE Credits

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The importance of performance validity and effort assessment in child and adolescent evaluations is increasingly being recognized, and this is reflected in the rapidly developing literature on this topic. A surprising number of children fail performance validity testing across many settings, including special education evaluations, forensic cases (e.g., mild TBI litigation), assessments for testing accommodations, 504 plans, social security disability, and more.

During this MHS Public Safety Webinar, Dr. Cecil R. Reynolds, ABN, ABPdN will share contemporary research on the prevalence of invalid test performance among children and adolescents. He will also discuss the frequency of performance validity tests used during pediatric evaluations, potential factors underlying a youth’s failure to provide their best effort on testing, and the development of objective methods of assessing the performance validity in pediatric populations.

Dr. Reynolds will provide an overview of the current literature on pediatric performance validity assessment, emphasizing the need for this testing. He will also discuss methods for evaluating effort in both clinical and juvenile corrections settings when making diagnostic or classification decisions about children and youth based on scores from maximum performance tests such as measures of IQ, academic achievement, and a variety of neuropsychological tests. During the webinar, Dr. Reynolds will provide a detailed introduction to the Pediatric Performance Validity Test Suite™ (PdPVTS™), a digital performance validity measure developed for children and adolescents.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this webinar, you will be able to…

  • Explain the rationale and importance of including performance validity assessment in pediatric neuropsychological, psychoeducational, and related diagnostic evaluations whether the evaluation is completed for clinical or forensic purposes.
  • Distinguish between measures of performance validity and symptom validity.
  • Define the unique details of the development of measures of effort and performance validity.
  • Describe the development and psychometric characteristics of the Pediatric Performance Validity Test Suite.
  • Administer and interpret the newly available Pediatric Performance Validity Test Suite.

Presenter Bio:

Cecil R. Reynolds, PhD, ABN, ABPdN, earned his Doctoral Degree from the University of Georgia in 1978. He is the author of more than 300 scholarly publications and author or editor of over 50 books including The Energetic Brain and the Handbook of Clinical Child Neuropsychology. Dr. Reynolds has authored more than 40 commercially published tests including the Behavior Assessment System for Children (the most widely used measure of its kind in the English-speaking world), the Reynolds Intellectual Assessment Scales, and the Test of Memory and Learning. Dr. Reynolds is a diplomate in Clinical Neuropsychology of the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology, and a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology.

Dr. Reynolds is a past president of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, APA Divisions 5 (Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics), 40 (Clinical Neuropsychology), and 16 (School Psychology). He is a Fellow of APA Divisions 1, 5, 15, 16, 40, and 53. He is now Editor of the Journal of Pediatric Neuropsychology. Dr. Reynolds has received multiple national awards recognizing him for excellence in research and for service to the profession. In 2021, he was noted to be in the top half of the Stanford list of the top 2% of scientists in the world, based on quantitative analyses of the impact of their published works. He is an Emeritus Professor of Educational Psychology, Professor of Neuroscience, and Distinguished Research Scholar at Texas A & M University and continues to write and practices Forensic Neuroscience in Austin Texas.

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