Introduction to Psychological Testing



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Introduction to psychological Testing

COUN 561

Fall 2008



Instructor: Shamshad Ahmed, Ph.D.

E-mail: sahmed@es.marywood.edu

Office Phone: 570-348-6211 ext. 2319
Office Hours: McGowan Center, Room 1020

Monday, 12:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Wednesday, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Thursday, 1-3 PM

Appointments may be scheduled for other days/times as needed.

Required Materials:


  • Drummond, R.J.& Jones.K.D.(2006). Assessment Procedures for Counselors and helping Professionals (6th .Ed). Pearson Merrill, Prentice Hall New Jersey

  • Various Journal and Book Chapters listed below

  • Handouts Distributed in Class

Recommended Reading: Hogan,T.P. (2003). Psychological Testing. A Practical

Introduction. John Wiley & Sons,Inc.



Course Rationale & Description:

This is a graduate level introduction to psychological testing. We will cover underlying psychometric issues having to do with tests and measurement. These issues include basic issues of measurement design and instrumentation, scale construction, reliability, validity, and normative analysis. We will introduce psychological tests that are commonly used in clinical and counseling psychology, education, forensic, and industrial settings. Ethical and multicultural issues in testing will be a focus throughout the course.

The teaching methods employed in class will include readings, lectures, class discussions, audiovisual aides, case reviews, and test administration.




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