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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Public Workshop Agendas." Institute of Medicine. 2015. Psychological Testing in the Service of Disability Determination. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21704.
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Public Workshop Agendas

Workshop on Psychological Testing, Including Validity Testing, for Social Security Administration Disability Determinations (Workshop 1)

Hosted by the IOM Committee on Psychological Testing, Including Validity Testing, for Social Security Administration Disability Determinations

June 25, 2014
Room 106
Keck Center of the National Academies
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC

AGENDA

8:30 a.m. Opening remarks
  Herbert Pardes, M.D., Committee Chair
8:45 a.m. Overview of symptom validity testing and performance validity testing in the context of psychological testing
  Moderator—Elizabeth W. Twamley, Ph.D., Committee Member
Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Public Workshop Agendas." Institute of Medicine. 2015. Psychological Testing in the Service of Disability Determination. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21704.
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  Performance and symptom validity Glenn J. Larrabee, Ph.D., independent practice of clinical neuropsychology, Sarasota, Florida
  Limitations with symptom validity, performance validity, and effort tests
  Erin D. Bigler, Ph.D., Susa Young Gates Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
  DISCUSSION
10:15 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. An empirical approach to disability exaggeration
Kevin J. Bianchini, Ph.D., Jefferson Neurobehavioral Group, Metairie, Louisiana
  Selection and use of multiple performance validity tests (PVTs)
  Kyle Brauer Boone, Ph.D., Professor, California School of Forensic Studies, Alliant International University, Torrance, California
  DISCUSSION
12:00 p.m. Break for lunch
1:00 p.m. Use of psychological tests, including SVTs, in select populations
  Moderator—Lisa A. Suzuki, Ph.D., Committee Member
  Validity testing in pediatric populations
  Michael Kirkwood, Ph.D., Associate Clinical Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Colorado, Aurora, Colorado
  Performance validity tests and symptom validity tests in culturally diverse populations
  Jennifer J. Manly, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Neuropsychology, The Neurological Institute of New York, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York
Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Public Workshop Agendas." Institute of Medicine. 2015. Psychological Testing in the Service of Disability Determination. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21704.
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Use of psychological tests, including PVTs and SVTs, in select populations: The U.S. military
  Robert A. Seegmiller, Ph.D., Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas
  DISCUSSION
3:00 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. Use of psychological tests in disability determinations in other systems
  Moderator—Alan M. Jette, M.P.H., Ph.D., Committee Member
  Veterans Affairs policies and/or practices surrounding the use of psychological tests and symptom validity tests in the disability determination process
  Stacey Pollack, Ph.D., Director of Program Policy Implementation, Mental Health Services, Veterans Affairs Central Office, Washington, DC
  Psychological disability evaluations under the Ontario auto insurance system and Ontario tort law
  Brian Levitt, Psy.D., C.Psych., Past President, Canadian Academy of Psychologists in Disability Assessment, Ontario, Canada
  Use of performance and symptom validity assessment within the independent disability insurer context
  Thomas McLaren, Ph.D., Medical Consultant/Licensed Psychologist, Unum
  DISCUSSION
5:10 p.m. Closing remarks
  Herbert Pardes, M.D., Committee Chair
5:15 p.m. Adjourn
Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Public Workshop Agendas." Institute of Medicine. 2015. Psychological Testing in the Service of Disability Determination. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21704.
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Workshop on Psychological Testing, Including Validity Testing, for Social Security Administration Disability Determinations (Workshop 2)

Hosted by the IOM Committee on Psychological Testing, Including Validity Testing, for Social Security Administration Disability Determinations

August 11, 2014
Room 100
Keck Center of the National Academies
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC

AGENDA

8:30 a.m. Opening remarks
  Herbert Pardes, M.D., Committee Chair
8:40 a.m. Discussion with the committee on the use of psychological, symptom validity, and performance validity testing in disability evaluations
  Moderator—Peter A. Ubel, M.D., Committee Member
  Terrence W. Dunlop, Ph.D., Chief Psychologist, Office of Medical Assistance, Social Security Administration
  Robin Doyle, Medical Policy Expert, Office of Medical Policy, Social Security Administration
  Michael D. Chafetz, Ph.D., Algiers Neurobehavioral Resource, LLC, New Orleans, Louisiana
  Erin D. Bigler, Ph.D., Susa Young Gates Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
10:20 a.m. Break
10:35 a.m. Discussion with the committee on the use of psychological, symptom validity, and performance validity testing in disability evaluations
Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Public Workshop Agendas." Institute of Medicine. 2015. Psychological Testing in the Service of Disability Determination. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21704.
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11:20 a.m. DISCUSSION
11:45 a.m. Break for lunch
12:45 p.m. Disability Determination Services panel discussion with the committee
  Moderator—Mary C. Daly, Ph.D., Committee Member
  Jennifer Nottingham, President, National Association of Disability Examiners; Supervisor, Ohio Disability Determination Service
  Charles A. Jones, Director, Michigan Disability Determination Service
  Tom A. Ward, Past President, National Association of Disability Examiners; Supervisor, Michigan Disability Determination Service
  Jeffrey H. Price, President Elect, National Association of Disability Examiners; Disability Determination Specialist III, Health and Human Services Department, North Carolina
  Nancy Heiser, Ph.D., Psychological Consultant, Washington, DC, Department of Disability Services
2:00 p.m. Break
2:15 p.m. Disability Determination Services panel discussion with the committee
3:30 p.m. DISCUSSION
3:55 p.m. Closing remarks
  Herbert Pardes, M.D., Committee Chair
4:00 p.m. Adjourn
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The United States Social Security Administration (SSA) administers two disability programs: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), for disabled individuals, and their dependent family members, who have worked and contributed to the Social Security trust funds, and Supplemental Security Income (SSSI), which is a means-tested program based on income and financial assets for adults aged 65 years or older and disabled adults and children. Both programs require that claimants have a disability and meet specific medical criteria in order to qualify for benefits. SSA establishes the presence of a medically-determined impairment in individuals with mental disorders other than intellectual disability through the use of standard diagnostic criteria, which include symptoms and signs. These impairments are established largely on reports of signs and symptoms of impairment and functional limitation.

Psychological Testing in the Service of Disability Determination considers the use of psychological tests in evaluating disability claims submitted to the SSA. This report critically reviews selected psychological tests, including symptom validity tests, that could contribute to SSA disability determinations. The report discusses the possible uses of such tests and their contribution to disability determinations. Psychological Testing in the Service of Disability Determination discusses testing norms, qualifications for administration of tests, administration of tests, and reporting results. The recommendations of this report will help SSA improve the consistency and accuracy of disability determination in certain cases.

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