Performance Validity Testing in Children and Adults: The State of the Science & Considerations for Practice

Wednesday, December 4, 2019
12:30pm – 2:00pm Eastern time
1.5 CE Credits

Presented by:

Michael W. Kirkwood, Ph.D., ABPP/CN 

Director, Rehabilitation Psychology & Neuropsychology
Co-Director, Concussion program
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Children’s Hospital Colorado











Research on methodologies to identify performance invalidity in children has lagged behind that for adults. Even so, multiple performance validity tests have now been shown to be appropriate for use in younger populations. This workshop will review the empirically supported options and provide a rationale for including objective performance validity tests when putting together any school-age test battery. Data will be presented to demonstrate that noncredible effort occurs consistently in pediatric populations. Case examples will highlight some of the many reasons children display noncredible presentations. How practitioners can address noncredible effort once it is identified will also be discussed, including a model for delivering clinical feedback to parents and children.


 After the webinar, participants will be able to:

1. Describe studies that have investigated the base rate of noncredible effort in children presenting for neuropsychological exam.
2. Discuss performance validity tests that have been studied empirically in pediatric samples.
3. Apply strategies when invalid responding occurs.

Target Audience: Advanced trainees and providers conducting neuropsychological assessments with children and adolescents.

Instructional Level: Intermediate

Dr. Kirkwood is a board-certified pediatric neuropsychologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is the Director of Rehabilitation Psychology & Neuropsychology at Children’s Hospital Colorado and is the founder and co-director of the hospital’s Concussion Program. He has particular interest in pediatric validity testing and pediatric TBI, presenting nationally and internationally on the topics and serving on multiple expert panels and committees. His research has been funded by numerous organizations, and he has authored over 100 scientific articles and book chapters. He is also the author/editor of six scientific books, including one on validity testing in children and adolescents.

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Neuropsychological Assessment of Transgender Individuals Across the Lifespan: Care Considerations

Wednesday, January 22, 2020
12:30pm – 2:00pm Eastern time
1.5 CE Credits

Presented by:
Emily H. Trittschuh, PhD
Clinical Neuropsychologist with the VA Puget Sound Health Care System’s Geriatric Research Education Clinical Center (GRECC)













Felice Orlich, PhD

Clinical Professor, University of Washington, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Seattle, WA

Affirmative care for all individuals is a core value among neuropsychologists.  The unique social challenges and associated health disparities found among transgender individuals represents a” call to action.” The purpose of this webinar is to highlight research and clinical care considerations for neuropsychological assessment of gender diverse individuals across the lifespan. Affirmative terminology and prevalence data will be presented. The limited academic literature will be reviewed, and gaps in knowledge and methodology will be discussed. Important bio-psycho-social factors, as well as developmental approaches to gender identity development, will be described.


 After the webinar, participants will be able to:
1. Identify pertinent bio-psycho-social variables which may be critical when conducting neuropsychological evaluation and/or research in individuals who are gender diverse.
2. Explain the importance of gender identity development in neuropsychological assessment.
3. Describe gender variance in youth and co-occurring mental health and neurodevelopmental disorders.

Target Audience: Neuropsychology trainees (graduate students, interns, and fellows) and neuropsychologists (clinical/academic)

Instructional Level: Introductory 

Emily Trittschuh, PhD, is a Clinical Neuropsychologist with the VA Puget Sound Health Care System’s Geriatric Research Education Clinical Center (GRECC) and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She has specialized in issues pertinent to aging and neurodegenerative disease throughout her career. Since joining the VA in 2008, she has developed additional and complementary interests in the care of older Veterans with PTSD, especially with respect to how this disorder can interfere with cognition and might contribute to decline, as well as neuropsychological assessment of Veterans who do not identify with their assigned gender at birth.

Dr. Orlich’s research and clinical work focuses on the assessment and treatment of youth and families with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with a focus on defining treatment pathways matched to their individual needs. Dr. Orlich has been the principal investigator on an NICHD funded randomized clinical trial of social skills intervention for youth with ASD and the lead investigator on the AIR-B school-based interventions and outcome assessment for underserved youth with ASD. As an extension of this work, she is the principal investigator on a multidisciplinary project addressing the development of assessment tools and treatment parameters for gender diverse youth with ASD. Dr. Orlich is a Clinical Professor in the University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She is an attending psychologist at Seattle Children’s Hospital, where she primarily focuses on training and neuropsychological assessment of youth with ASD. She brings expertise in diverse intervention approaches, training and research in ASD with a strong focus on patient centered outcomes within communities of underserved families.

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