Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

Event Details

Participant Recruitment and Assessment Core Training Series: Assessing Anxiety

Date: May 04, 2011

Time: 3:00PM to 4:00PM

Location: Room 241 Vanderbilt Kennedy Center/MRL Building

Registration Closed


Assessing Anxiety: A Calm Discussion of Measurement Options and Related Issues

Feelings of anxiety are a common part of our hectic daily lives. This is also true for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, but anxiety symptoms and disorders frequently go unrecognized in special populations. In part, this may be attributable to the complicated nature of assessing anxiety when the affected individuals have difficulties communicating with others, describing their own feelings, and interpreting physical sensations, and when the symptoms may have an atypical presentation. The literature stresses the need for multimodal assessment techniques that include multiple informants and psychometrically sound instruments – but this standard is rarely met. This session will focus on some of the assessment issues and options that clinicians and researchers face when attempting to obtain valid assessments of anxiety. It will feature a panel of professionals who have experience working in diverse settings and with a wide range of children and adults, including individuals with autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities, psychiatric disorders, and genetic conditions (e.g., Prader-Willi syndrome and Williams syndrome).

Everyone is welcome, but this session may be most useful for faculty, graduate students, and research assistants from psychology, special education, psychiatry and other related disciplines whose career paths involve the assessment of children, teenagers or young adults.

  • Evon Batey Lee, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Psychology and Psychiatry; Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Psychological Assessment Coordinator (Moderator)
  • Bruce E. Davis, Ph.D., BCBA, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry; Program Director, Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Clinic at Vanderbilt
  • F. Joseph McLaughlin, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology and Human Development
  • Nancy Miodrag, Ph.D., Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Research Fellow
  • Cassandra R. Newsom, Psy.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics; Director of Psychological Education, Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD)

Light refreshments will be provided.


Amy Pottier, (615) 322-8144