July 25, 2006
For immediate release
Dr. Steven R. Smith of the Gevirtz School at UC Santa Barbara has just published the practitioner-friendly The Clinical Assessment of Children and Adolescents: A Practitioner’s Handbook (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2006) with co-editor Leonard Handler of the University of Tennessee. This book highlights assessment techniques, issues, and procedures that appeal to practicing clinicians. With topics ranging from personality assessment to behavioral assessment to the assessment of depression and thought disorder, the leaders in the field of child and adolescent measurement outline selection and interpretation of measures in a manner that is most relevant to clinicians and graduate students. Each chapter makes use of extensive case material in order to highlight issues of applicability.
“Readers of this text will gain clinically practical and empirically informed knowledge on the assessment of children and adolescents as individuals and as individuals living within the family and other contexts,” writes clinical psychologist Daniel J. Holdwick, Jr. “Rich case examples pointedly illustrate the integration of specific test information into the assessment process as a whole. I recommend this Handbook for graduate students and clinicians working day-to-day with children and adolescents experiencing emotional and behavioral difficulties.”Dr. Steven R. Smith joined the faculty of the Gevirtz School as a member of the Department of Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology in July 2004. He directs the Psychology Assessment Center, a clinical research center that provides neuropsychological and personality assessment services to area children and adults. The Center serves as a research and clinical base from which to explore the psychometric correlates of various clinical disorders, both neurocognitive and psychological. Smith earned his B.A. from Beloit College and M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Arkansas. He completed an internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Following his post-doc, he stayed at MGH for two years, serving as Director of Consultation Neuropsychology and as a staff psychologist in the department of Child Psychiatry.
[Steven Smith is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789.]