Thursday May 27th

The Why and How of Performance Validity Testing Across the Lifespan

Lindsay Ayearst, PhD
Robert J. McCaffrey, PhD

Workshop Description:

Incorporating performance validity tests as part of every neuropsychological evaluation is now the standard of care. The importance of performance validity assessment in child and adolescent evaluations is increasingly recognized, and this is reflected in the rapidly developing literature on this topic. Contemporary research has provided information regarding the prevalence of invalid test performance among children and adults. The research outlines the frequency that performance validity tests are used during pediatric and adult evaluations, potential factors underlying an individual’s failure to provide their best effort on testing, and the development of objective methods of assessing performance validity in various populations.

This workshop will review the literature with respect to the use of PVTs in children and adults. Research on the use of the Test of Memory Malingering (TOMM) over the past 20 years will be reviewed along with the appropriate application and interpretation of the TOMM in a variety of settings. The workshop will also provide an overview of the the Pediatric Performance Validity Test SuiteTM (PdPVTSTM), a new digital performance validity measure developed specifically for use with children and adolescents. Finally, the first revision of the TOMM (TOMM 2) will be introduced and development of the TOMM 2 to date will be shared.

Learning objectives: 

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

– Explain the rationale and importance of including performance validity assessments in neuropsychological, psychoeducational, and related diagnostic evaluations whether the evaluation is completed for clinical or forensic purposes.

– Describe the development and psychometric characteristics of the Pediatric Performance Validity Test Suite and TOMM2.

– Identify and apply the current “best practice guidelines” involving the utilization of performance validity measures in clinical, educational and forensic evaluations.

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