The Psychological Corporation Launches Second Edition of NEPSY®, the Customizable Measure of Neuropsychological Functions

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NEPSY-II evaluates six separate domains and can be tailored to each child's specific needs.

The Psychological Corporation, a division of leading test developer and publisher Harcourt Assessment, Inc., today launched the NEPSY®-II. NEPSY-II builds upon the strong neuropsychological assessment foundations of its predecessor with an extended age range, expanded domains and customized application.

"The second edition of the NEPSY® elevates a highly respected instrument to an even higher level," said The Psychological Corporation President Dr. Aurelio Prifitera. "Current users of NEPSY® will find that NEPSY®-II provides them with unmatched flexibility and expanded clinical utility, while maintaining the validity and reliability that NEPSY®'s reputation was built upon."

The NEPSY®-II provides users with the option of obtaining a basic overview of a child's neuropsychological status or performing a full comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation. This flexibility allows clinicians to focus their evaluations only on the subtests relevant to the referral or clinical question, tailoring the NEPSY®-II to each child's specific need. The results of the NEPSY®-II, when combined with quantifiable behavioral observations during the assessment and observations from home and school, can help clarify the nature of a child's problems and provide a basis for developing appropriate intervention recommendations. NEPSY®-II assesses children across six domains including attention and executive functioning, language, memory and learning, sensorimotor, visuospatial processing, and social perception.

"Dr. Korkman, Dr. Kirk, and I, along with an outstanding team from The Psychological Corporation, are so pleased to bring NEPSY-II to fruition," said author Dr. Sally Kemp. "We feel that current NEPSY users as well as new users will be excited about the NEPSY-II's expanded assessment of executive functioning and the new social perception domain. We trust that the improved clinical sensitivity will help clinician's better assess and serve children."

The new edition contains many new features to make administration more flexible and evaluation more comprehensive. The new features include:

  •     Age range extended to 16 years
  •     Domain coverage increased from five to six -- with the addition of Social Perception
  •     Tailored administration based on diagnostic groupings of subtests or the referral question
  •     More clinically useful subtest scores replace the previous edition's domain scores
  •     New subtests including Theory of Mind, Inhibition and Affect Recognition
  •     Valid norms regardless of order of subtest administration
  •     Optional decision-making and scoring software to help determine appropriate subtests to enhance clinical utility and minimize testing time.

About the Authors
Marit Korkman, PhD holds her doctorate from Helsinki University, Helsinki, Finland and is now a professor of neuropsychology there. Her main responsibility is to chair the national Finnish postgraduate specialization program in clinical neuropsychology. She is a clinical child neuropsychologist with extensive clinical experience in clinical child neuropsychological diagnosis in Europe and Finland. Dr. Korkman has published research on children with various conditions such as very low birth weight, exposure to prenatal alcohol, epilepsy and various learning and developmental disorders.

Ursula Kirk, PhD is a pioneer in the field of pediatric neuropsychology and its application to neurodevelopmental problems. Dr. Kirk's research interests include the role of executive functions in emerging cognitive competencies and the developmental processes that underlie typical and atypical language, graphomotor, visuospatial, learning, and memory skills. A previous teacher and school administrator, after obtaining her doctorate, Dr. Kirk was inspired by post-doctoral studies in pediatric neuropsychology in Boston, working with Edith Kaplan, Harold Goodglass, Martha Denckla, Jane Holmes Bernstein, and Norman Geschwind among others. She developed the Program in Neuroscience and Education at Teachers College, Columbia that she headed for 15 years until her retirement.

Sally Kemp, PhD began her career in nursing, was a teacher and psychometrist for 20 years before combining her interests in medicine, teaching, and assessment. She pursued a PhD in developmental psychology with a subspecialization in neuropsychology at Columbia University.

Dr. Kemp was in full-time practice for 18 years with Tulsa Developmental Pediatrics and Center for Family Psychology in Oklahoma. During that period, she also supervised clinical doctoral students from the University of Tulsa and medical students and residents from the University of Oklahoma Medical College, Tulsa as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics. Dr. Kemp's research centers on autism spectrum disorders and dyslexia. In semi-retirement, Dr. Kemp continues her research through the Department of Health Psychology and the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the University of Missouri, Columbia.

For more information, visit http://www.PsychCorp.com.

About Harcourt Assessment, Inc.
Based in San Antonio, Harcourt Assessment, Inc. is a leading provider of high-quality assessment instruments and testing programs published under two brand names -- Harcourt Assessment and PsychCorp™. For more than 85 years, Harcourt Assessment has been providing insight about children and adults; informing instruction, curricula, and clinical practice; collaborating with educators and clinical professionals; assisting human resources, admissions and credential professionals; and creating assessment innovations, in order to provide the most effective assessment solutions for the success of all individuals.

The company is a unit of Harcourt Education, a global education provider serving students and teachers in PreK through grade 12, adult learners, and readers of all ages. Harcourt Education is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc. (http://www.reedelsevier.com), a world-leading publisher and information provider. It is owned equally by Reed Elsevier PLC (NYSE: RUK) and Reed Elsevier NV (NYSE: ENL).

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