Inspiring quote: The central role of clinicians conducting assessments should be to answer specific questions and aid in making relevant decisions.

Mission Statement

Section IX (Assessment Psychology) of the Society of Clinical Psychology (APA Division 12) is dedicated to the promotion of quality assessment in the practice and science of psychology. Although the vital importance of assessment is demonstrated in such specialized areas as forensic, neuropsychological, and psycho-educational applications, its utility is more broadly demonstrated in contemporary clinical practice as applied in differential diagnosis, treatment planning, and the measurement of treatment effectiveness. Clinical assessment is the unique contribution that psychologists make to the field of mental health. We believe that assessment plays an important role in all areas of applied psychology. We promote quality assessment and support excellence in assessment training and supervision at the graduate, internship, and postdoctoral level. + details


Distinguished Contributions to Assessment Psychology Award

Susana Urbina
is honored (8/6/15)

The Section IX Board of Trustees honored Dr. Urbina with the 2015 award for distinguished contributions to the field of assessment psychology at the annual conference of the American Psychological Association in Toronto.

Distinguished Contributions to Assessment Psychology award
Past Recipients
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The Section IX Student Research Fellowship was awarded in September 2015 to Ryan Marek, M.A., a graduate student in psychology at Kent State University. His project is titled, “Psychopathology and Five-Year Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Outcomes,” under the direction of Dr. Yossef S. Ben-Porath.

For more information about the Section IX Student Research Fellowship and an application form, click here.

Journal Assessment
became an official publication on 1/1/08 (2/08)
The Board of Section 9 unanimously voted at the 2008 APA Convention meeting to form an affiliation between ...
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Join Section IX

Section IX is open to all psychologists and graduate students who are interested in the clinical practice and research of psychological assessment in all its forms. All members receive the journal Assessment and have access to our listserv. Click here to join.

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Events Happenings

2016 American Psychological Association Convention
August 4-7, 2016
Denver, Colorado


Click here to apply or renew your membership. Click here to be included on the email listserv.

Earn CE credits with Division 12 webinars

Earn continuing education credits with these Division 12-sponsored webinars!
To register: Go to 
Cost: $15 members, $50 non-members

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Board of Directors

A. Jordan Wright, Ph.D.

Past President:
John E. Kurtz, Ph.D.

Tayla T.C. Lee, Ph.D.

Ginger Calloway, Ph.D.

Section Representative:
Paul A. Arbisi, Ph.D.

Membership Chair:
Dustin Wygant, Ph.D.

International Liaison:
Martin Sellbom, Ph.D.

Student Representative:
Adam Hicks

Assessment Journal Editor (ex-officio):
Aaron Pincus, Ph.D.

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