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Biographical Sketches of Committee Members

Herbert Pardes, M.D. (Chair) is Executive Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He formerly served as President and Chief Executive Officer of New York-Presbyterian Hospital and the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System. His origins are in the field of psychiatry, and he has an extensive background in health care and academic medicine. He is nationally recognized for his broad expertise in education, research, clinical care, and health policy, and as an ardent advocate of support for academic medicine. Dr. Pardes served as Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and U.S. Assistant Surgeon General during the Carter and Reagan administrations (1978–1984). Dr. Pardes left NIMH in 1984 to become Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and in 1989 was also appointed Vice President for Health Sciences for Columbia University and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the College of Physicians and Surgeons. He served as President of the American Psychiatric Association (1989), as Chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) (1995–1996), and as Chair of the AAMC’s Council of Deans (1994–1995). In addition, he served two terms as Chair of the New York Association of Medical Schools. Dr. Pardes chaired the Intramural Research Program Planning Committee of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from 1996 to 1997, served on the Presidential Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Healthcare Industry, and is President of the Scientific Council of the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression. He serves on numerous editorial boards, has written more

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members." 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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than 155 articles and chapters on mental health and academic medicine topics, and has negotiated and conducted international collaborations with a variety of countries including India, China, and the former Soviet Union. Dr. Pardes has earned numerous honors and awards, including the U.S. Army Commendation Medal (1964), the Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health (1997), election to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences (1997), and election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2002). Dr. Pardes received his medical degree from the State University of New York-Downstate Medical Center (Brooklyn) in 1960. He received his bachelor of science degree summa cum laude from Rutgers University in 1956. He completed his internship and residency training in psychiatry at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn and also did psychoanalytic training at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute.

Arthur J. Barsky III, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Psychiatry at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. His major interests are hypochondriasis and somatization, the psychological factors that affect symptom reporting in the medically ill, and the cognitive and behavioral treatment of somatic symptoms. Dr. Barsky has been the principal investigator of nine National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) research grants in these areas. He has authored 140 articles, 23 book chapters, and the books Worried Sick: Our Troubled Quest for Wellness and Feeling Better. Dr. Barsky received the President’s Research Award from the American Psychosomatic Society. He has been a Faculty Fellow of the Mind/Brain/Behavior Interfaculty Initiative of Harvard University, and was a member of the work group to revise the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). He has been a visiting professor at the Georgetown University School of Medicine, the University of Wisconsin Medical School, the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School, and the Allegheny University of the Health Sciences. He is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists, and served on the Council of the American Psychosomatic Society. Dr. Barsky graduated from Williams College and the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He interned at the Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City and completed a residency in psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, where he remained on the full-time faculty until 1993 when he moved to the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Mary C. Daly, Ph.D., is Senior Vice President and Associate Director of Economic Research at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Dr. Daly’s

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research spans public finance, labor, and welfare economics, and she has published widely on topics related to labor market fluctuations, public policy, income inequality, and the economic well-being of less advantaged groups. She previously served as a visiting scholar with the Congressional Budget Office, as a member of the Social Security Advisory Board’s Technical Panel, and the National Academy of Social Insurance Committee on the Privatization of the Social Security Retirement Program. She has published on the economics of the Social Security system. She currently serves on the editorial board of the journal Industrial Relations. Dr. Daly joined the Federal Reserve as an Economist in 1996 after completing a National Institute on Aging postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University. Dr. Daly earned a Ph.D. in Economics from Syracuse University. She joined the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) as a Research Fellow in February 2014.

Kurt F. Geisinger, Ph.D., is Director of the Buros Center on Testing and WC Meierhenry Distinguished University Professor at the University of Nebraska. He previously was Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Fordham University, Professor of Psychology and Dean of Arts and Sciences at the State University of New York at Oswego (SUNYOswego), Professor of Psychology and Academic Vice President at LeMoyne College, and Professor of Psychology and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of St. Thomas, in Houston, Texas. He has served the maximum two terms as council representative for the Division of Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics in the American Psychological Association (APA), which he also represented on the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO’s) International Test Standards committee. He was elected President of the Coalition for Academic, Scientific, and Applied Psychology for the 2009 year, to the board of the International Test Commission, and to the American Psychological Association’s Board of Directors. He currently serves as Treasurer for the International Test Commission. His primary interests lie in validity theory, admissions testing, proper test use, test use with individuals with disabilities, the testing of language minorities, and the translation or adaptation of tests from one language and culture to another. Previously Dr. Geisinger was an APA delegate and chair of the Joint Committee on Testing Practices (1992–1996), a member of APA’s Committee on Psychological Testing and Assessment, Chair of the Graduate Record Examination Board, Chair of the Technical Advisory Committee for the Graduate Record Examination, a member of the SAT Advisory Committee, a member of National Council on Measurement in Education’s (NCME’s) Ad Hoc Committee to Develop a Code of Ethical Standards Committee, and has served on numerous other ad hoc task forces and panels. He chaired the College Board’s Research and Development Committee and is currently Chair of the Council for

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the Accreditation of Educator Preparation’s Research Committee, having served on their Commission on Standards and Performance Reporting. He is editor of Applied Measurement in Education and serves or has served on the editorial committees for the eight other journals. He has edited or co-edited the Psychological Testing of Hispanics and Test Interpretation and Diversity, both with APA Books®, as well as the 17th, 18th, and 19th Mental Measurements Yearbooks. He served as editor-in-chief for the Handbook of Testing and Assessment in Psychology, published by APA Books in 2013 and his vastly revised volume, Psychological Testing of Hispanics: Clinical and Intellectual Issues is in press, also with APA Books.

Naomi Lynn Gerber, M.D., is University Professor and Director of the Center for the Study of Chronic Illness and Disability in the College of Health and Human Services at George Mason University. She works in the areas of measurement and treatment of impairments and disability in patients with musculoskeletal deficits (including children with osteogenesis imperfecta; persons with rheumatoid arthritis and cancer). Her research investigates causes of functional loss and disability in chronic illness. Specifically, she studies human movement and the mechanisms and treatment of fatigue. Dr. Gerber is/has been a recipient of National Science Foundation, PNC Foundation, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Department of Defense funding administered by the Henry Jackson Foundation. She was the Chief of the Rehabilitation Medicine Department at the Clinical Center of NIH in Bethesda, Maryland, from 1975 to 2005. She has been the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR) and the Oncology Section of American Physical Therapy Association, the Distinguished Academician Award of the Association of Academic Physiatrists, the WISE/Geico award, NIH Directors Award, Surgeon General Award for Exemplary Service, and the Smith College Medal. Dr. Gerber has served on many national committees and advisory boards including Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation (1995–present), Kessler Medical Rehabilitation Research (2001–present), National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research, (2007–2011), Blue Ribbon Panel Assessing Rehabilitation/Research, NIH (2011–2012). She is/ has been a grant reviewer for NIDRR, NIH, National Science Foundation, and the Veterans Affairs. She served on the Board of Governors of the AAPMR (2005–2008). Dr. Gerber is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2013 she delivered the Zeiter Lecture at the AAPMR 75th anniversary. Dr. Gerber is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine, diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, Rheumatology sub-specialty, and the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

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Alan M. Jette, P.T., M.P.H., Ph.D., is Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Boston University School of Public Health. Dr. Jette is an international expert in the measurement and evaluation of functioning and health outcomes and in the measurement, epidemiology, and prevention of disability. His work has addressed the need to bring conceptual clarity to the measurement of patient-centered outcomes in a range of challenging clinical areas such as work disability, spinal cord injury, and neurologic, orthopedic, and geriatric conditions. He chaired the Institute of Medicine (IOM) panel that authored the 2007 IOM report, The Future of Disability in America, and currently co-chairs the IOM Forum on Aging, Disability, and Independence. Dr. Jette received a B.S. in Physical Therapy from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1973 and his M.P.H. (1975) and Ph.D. (1979) in Public Health from the University of Michigan.

Jennifer I. Koop, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology (Neuropsychology) at the Medical College of Wisconsin, with a secondary appointment of Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Koop specializes in the evaluation and treatment of children with neurological, behavioral, and developmental disorders. Her current research investigates the effects of early neurological injury on the development of neuropsychological functions, especially attention. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Rehabilitation Psychology, with a specialization in neuropsychology, from Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis. She completed a pre-doctoral internship at Texas Children’s Hospital/ Baylor College of Medicine and 2-year postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She is board certified in clinical neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology.

Lisa A. Suzuki, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development of New York University. Prior to this, she served as a faculty member in counseling psychology at Fordham University and the University of Oregon. Dr. Suzuki received the Distinguished Contribution Award from the Asian American Psychological Association in 2006 and Visionary Leadership Award from the National Multicultural Conference and Summit in 2007. She has written extensively in the area of multicultural issues in psychological assessment, and her work appears in chapters of the Handbook of Multicultural Counseling, American Psychological Association (APA) Handbook of Testing and Psychology, APA Handbook of Counseling Psychology, Handbook of Psychology, APA Handbook of Multicultural Psychology, and the Cambridge Handbook of Intelligence. She is senior editor of the Handbook of Multicultural Assessment and a

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members." 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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co-editor of the Handbook of Multicultural Counseling. She is co-author of Intelligence Testing and Minority Students (Valencia and Suzuki, 2001). Dr. Suzuki obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, in 1992.

Elizabeth W. Twamley, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Psychiatry in Residence at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and Research Psychologist in the Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health (CESAMH) at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System. As a licensed clinical psychologist, she specializes in neuropsychological assessment, cognitive rehabilitation, and supported employment. Dr. Twamley is particularly interested in community-based interventions that help individuals with severe mental illness or other cognitive impairments reach their highest potential social and occupational functioning. She supervises psychology interns and practicum students at UCSD Outpatient Psychiatric Services and the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System. She also conducts a neuropsychological assessment clinic at the St. Vincent De Paul Medical Clinic. Dr. Twamley’s research focuses on bridging neuropsychology and interventions for individuals with severe mental illness or traumatic brain injury. Current intervention studies focus on supported employment and compensatory cognitive training. Other research interests include the neuropsychology of everyday functioning, genetic markers of cognition in schizophrenia, and cognitive impairment in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Dr. Twamley earned a B.A. in Social Ecology at University of California, Irvine, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Arizona State University. She completed her clinical psychology internship and postdoctoral fellowship at UCSD and joined the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry in 2003.

Peter A. Ubel, M.D., is the Madge and Dennis T. McLawhorn University Professor of Business at the Fuqua School of Business and Professor of Public Policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. He is a physician and behavioral scientist specializing in health policy and economics, whose research and writing explores the mixture of rational and irrational forces that affect health, happiness, and the way society functions. His research explores controversial issues about the role of values and preferences in health care decision making, from decisions at the bedside to policy decisions. He uses the tools of decision psychology and behavioral economics to explore topics like informed consent, shared decision making and health care cost containment. His books include Pricing Life: Why It’s Time for Healthcare Rationing (MIT Press, 2000) and Free Market Madness: How Economics Is at Odds with Human Nature—and Why It Matters (Harvard Business Press, 2009). His newest book, Critical

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Decisions (HarperCollins, 2012) explores the challenges of shared decision making between doctors and patients. Dr. Ubel previously was Professor of Medicine and Psychology at the University of Michigan, where he taught from 2000 to 2010, and later went on to direct the Center for Behavioral and Decision Sciences in Medicine. Dr. Ubel received his B.A. from Carleton College and his M.D. from the University of Minnesota.

Jacqueline Remondet Wall, Ph.D., is Professor in the School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Indianapolis and Director of the Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation at the American Psychological Association in Washington, DC, where she is an Associate Executive Director in the Education Directorate. Her professional and research interests include assessment, selection, training, and evaluation. Dr. Wall received her Ph.D. from the University of Tulsa with a specialization in industrial and organizational psychology and a post-doctoral respecialization in clinical rehabilitation and neuropsychology at the Illinois Institute of Technology, the Medical School of the University of Mississippi, and the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan.

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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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