Assessment Psychology

History of Psychology

  1. Irving B. Weiner PhD

Published Online: 26 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118133880.hop201016

Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition

Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition

How to Cite

Weiner, I. B. 2012. Assessment Psychology. Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition. 1:14.

Author Information

  1. University of South Florida, Department of Psychiatry and Neurosciences, Tampa, Florida, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 SEP 2012


This chapter traces the origins of assessment psychology and the development of assessment methods to serve four purposes: (a) evaluating intellectual ability with the Binet, Wechsler, and Kaufman scales and measures of nonverbal and emotional intelligence; (b) identifying personality characteristics and psychopathology with self-report measures (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, California Psychological Inventory, Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory, Sixteen Personality Factors Questionnaire, NEO Personality Inventory, and Personality Assessment Inventory), performance-based measures (Rorschach Inkblot Method, picture-story methods, figure drawing methods, and sentence completion methods), and interviewing schedules (Mental Status Examination, Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia, Diagnostic Interviewing Schedule, and Structured Clinical Interview for the DSM); (c) monitoring neuropsychological functioning with the Bender Visual Motor Gestalt test and the Halstead-Reitan and Luria-Nebraska batteries; and (d) measuring aptitudes, achievement, and interests with the Wide-Range Achievement Test, the Strong Interest Inventory, the Kuder Occupational Interest Survey, and the Holland Self-Directed Search. With respect to its present and future status, assessment psychology is currently a thriving field of practice and research characterized by extensive applications in a broad range of settings, a burgeoning scholarly literature, and abundant research findings documenting the validity and utility of psychological testing and assessment. There is, nevertheless, reason for concern that continued advancements in the science and practice of assessment psychology may be constrained by insufficient attention in graduate programs to education and training in assessment.


  • assessment;
  • psychological testing;
  • psychological assessment;
  • testing