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Psychological Assessment and Report Writing

Psychological Assessment and Report Writing

Second Edition

April 2013 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Outlining a step-by-step assessment model, Psychological Assessment and Report Writing, Second Edition covers five key topics central to psychological assessment: understanding the context of a referral; determining what data is needed to answer referral questions; gathering the data; integrating the data; and communicating the findings. Authors Karen Goldfinger and Andrew M. Pomerantz review each facet of psychological assessment and report writing—providing how-to instructions and alerting readers to a myriad of issues they must consider when conducting assessments in clinical, forensic, or educational environments. Filled with varied case examples that promote interest and meet instructional requirements, including one detailed case study that recurs throughout multiple chapters, the book uses sidebars and question and answer sections to encourage readers to consider their own case material and use critical thinking skills as they review each section of the model.

Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Context: The Framework for the Report
Chapter 3 Cultural Competence in Psychological Assessment
Chapter 4 Evidence-Based Psychological Assessment
Chapter 5 Gathering Information
Chapter 6 Gathering Information: Measures of Intellectual, Academic, and Neuropsychological Functioning
Chapter 7 Gathering Information: Measures of Personality
Chapter 8 Gathering Information: Clinical Interviews, Review of Records, and Measures of Behavioral and Emotional Functioning
Chapter 9 Technological Advances in Assessment
Chapter 10 Drawing Conclusions
Chapter 11 Form and Content of the Assessment Report
Chapter 12 Feedback after Psychological Testing
Chapter 13 Writing Style
Chapter 14 Ethics of Assessment and Report Writing
Chapter 15 Legal Issues in Assessment and Report Writing

initially I thought it would provide a good resource for students, very disappointed in the lack of resources for students and faculty

Dr Peter Doherty
Social Sciences, St Mary'S University College
March 11, 2015

Although I liked this book, it ultimately didn't seem appropriate for my psychological assessment class. My class does cover a little bit of assessment report writing, but it organized around a different set of topics (i.e., history and systems in testing, psychometric theory, and practice with current tests). I recommend this book to my students, but I don't require it for my class.

Mr Keith Donohue
Psychology Dept, North Dakota State University
October 29, 2014

This is a nicely written textbook which provides a comprehensive overview of psychological assessment and report writing.

Dr Kendell Coker
Counseling Department, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
August 25, 2014

This is a good manuscript introducing students in psychological assessment. I consider it as valuable to my work as a lecturer and students so far are greatly benefited by it.

Dr George Varvatsoulias
Counselling, Newham College of Further Education
May 28, 2014

It is exactly what I needed for my class

Dr Marie Leiner
Psychiatry Dept, Texas Technology University Health Science - El Paso
June 4, 2013
Key features


  • Offers five new chapters on important and timely topics in assessment: technological advances, cultural competence, evidence-based assessment, feedback after testing, and legal issues.
  • Includes over 80 new citations, most from very recent years, ensuring currency of content.
  • Presents a new and comprehensive case study—recurring through multiple chapters—that illustrates important stages of the assessment process.
  • Provides new end-of-chapter pedagogy, including chapter summaries, discussion questions, and print and web resources.
  • Includes up-to-date information about the latest editions of prominent tests of intelligence, personality and other domains.


  • Provides information in a logical sequence that mirrors the types of experiences students and practitioners encounter in real-world assessment settings.
  • Offers full chapters on key topics: cultural competence; evidence-based assment; feedback after testing; technological advances in psychological assessment; and more.

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