8 Ethical Issues in Psychological Assessment

Assessment Psychology


  1. Celiane Rey-Casserly ABPP-CN PhD1,
  2. Gerald P. Koocher ABPP PhD2

Published Online: 26 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118133880.hop210008

Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition

Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition

How to Cite

Rey-Casserly, C. and Koocher, G. P. 2012. Ethical Issues in Psychological Assessment. Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition. 10:I:8.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Children's Hospital, Neuropsychology Program, Boston, Massachusetts , USA

  2. 2

    Simmons College, Associate Provost and Professor of Psychology, Boston, Massachusetts , USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 SEP 2012


In attempting to address the myriad issues that challenge psychologists undertaking to conduct assessments in the most ethically appropriate manner, it is helpful to think in terms of the prepositions before, during, and after. Some ethical considerations are best addressed before the assessment is begun; others come into play as the data are collected and analyzed; and still other ethical issues crop up after the actual assessment is completed. This chapter explores the ethical problems inherent in psychological assessment using the same sequence.


  • professional ethics;
  • psychological assessment;
  • testing