November 6, 2007
For immediate release
Dr. Steven Smith and his research team from The Gevirtz School present at the annual conference of the National Academy of Neuropsychology
Dr. Steven R. Smith and his research team at UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School will make seven presentations at the annual conference of the National Academy of Neuropsychology in Scottsdale, Arizona November 13-17. Smith is the director of the Psychology Assessment Center at UCSB, as well as the Psychology Assessment Center Research Lab (PAC-R). PAC-R’s goals are to study the use of psychological testing as a means of better understanding psychological diagnosis, personality description, cognitive processing, and psychotherapy processes. The Research Lab aims to examine the ways that personality and affect shape cognition and how cognition (and cognitive disorders) shape the expression of personality.
“NAN is a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase the important work we’re doing at the Psychology Assessment Center at UCSB,” Dr Smith says. “Our work is innovative in that it examines multicultural aspects of assessment as well as clinical practice and the integration of cognitive and personality assessment methods. I’m proud of my research team and I look forward to the chance for us engage with the leaders in the field of clinical neuropsychology.”
The National Academy of Neuropsychology, founded in 1975, is a professional society that includes clinicians, scientist-practitioners, and researchers interested in the study, evaluation, and treatment of known and suspected brain disorders using the methods of psychology. Its annual conference highlights the latest and most exciting research in the field.
The Psychology Assessment Center Research Lab team’s presentations at the conference include: “Neuropsychological test scores as a function of Asian American Ethnicity,” “WISC-IV validity: A clinical exploration with neuropsychological tests,” “Relationship of alliance and satisfaction in neuropsychological assessment feedback,” “School psychologists’ neuropsychological assessment practices,” “Validity of the Developmental Test of Visual Perception – Adolescent and Adult, Neuropsychological correlates of Rorschach responses,” and “Use of personality assessment measures by clinical neuropsychologists.”
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.
Dr. Smith’s research team includes Gevirtz School doctoral students Sivan Barazani, Jenss Chang, Jordan Edwards, Aaron Estrada, Jessica Little, Lisa Nowinski, Roxanna Rhaban, Ilyssa Silverman, Katrina Schnoebelen, and Rene Staskal.
[Steven Smith is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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