In Clinical Psychology we have been building patient databases of neuropsychological assessment data.
Neuropsychological assessments are clinical evaluations to determine reasons for psychological symptoms and/or problems in living (see this document for more information). For example, evaluations are conducted to diagnose learning disabilities, ADHD, and memory impairment. More important, these evaluations generate recommendations to help patients function better and to obtain accommodations and treatment. The neuropsychological evaluations consist of a clinical interview, questionnaires about personality and psychiatric symptoms, and neuropsychological tests. Neuropsychologist tests include assessment of learning, memory, IQ, language, visual-spatial skills, executive functions, and academic knowledge.
We have been entering data for assessments conducted over the past 8 years and have rich data to explore questions pertaining to many important aspects of these complex evaluations. For example, we could determine how different types of test performances are associated with one another. Links between emotion and cognitive function are of particular interest to our research group.
Rebecca Ready, Ph.D.
Division Head and Director of Clinical Training
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Professor Ready is offering a research-intensive experience for high school students this summer. See www.umass.edu/summer/precollege for more information.