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Probabilistic Language in Test Interpretation and its Consequences

  • May 21, 2021
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Online

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Presented by:
James W. Lichtenberg, PhD, ABPP
Emeritus Professor of Counseling Psychology
University of Kansas

When evaluating the utility of a psychological test for clinical decision making, both the psychometric properties of the test (i.e., the reliability and validity of the instrument) and the ambiguity of the language by which test results are interpreted or communicated need to be considered.  This presentation focuses on the character and consequences of our use of probabilistic/fuzzy language when interpreting psychological test.

Following the session, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize sources of measurement and interpretive error in psychological testing
  • Recognize instances of probabilistic language in test interpretation
  • Describe the consequences of probabilistic language on clinical judgment and decision making

1.5 CE Hours

About the presenter: James (Jim) Lichtenberg, PhD, APPP

After completing graduate studies in Counseling Psychology at the University of Minnesota, I worked at the University of Kansas in various capacities: as a faculty member and as training director of its counseling psychology program, as a staff psychologist and director of its university’s counseling center, and as associate dean for graduate programs and research for its School of Education. I am now retired.

I am a Fellow of APA’s Div.17 (Society of Counseling Psychology) and Div. 29 (Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy) and a member of Div. 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology).

I’ve served on and chaired APA’s Committee on Accreditation and recently chaired the BEA task group to develop a blueprint for the accreditation of master’s programs in health service psychology. I also served on the BEA/BPA task group for developing competencies for masters-level health service providers.

I have served as President of APA’s Div. 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology), as its Vice President for Science, and as it representative to APA’s Council of Representatives. I have served on and chaired the Executive Board of the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs (CCPTP), and in 2006 received CCPTP’s award for Lifetime Contributions to Education and Training in Counseling Psychology. In 2015, I received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Division 17’s Section for the Promotion of Psychotherapy Science, and in 2017 received APA’s 2017 Distinguished Contributions of Applications of Psychology to Education and Training Award. Currently, I chair the Board of Directors of the American Board of Professional Psychology Foundation and serve on the American Board of Counseling Psychology (currently as its President).

At the local level, I served twice as Chair of the Ethics Committee for the Kansas Psychological Association (KPA) and as the academic at-large member of the KPA Board of Governors, and am a Fellow in KPA. I have served on the state’s Psychology Advisory Committee to its Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board (BSRB).




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