Psychological Assessment®

ISSN: 1040-3590
eISSN: 1939-134X
Published: quarterly, beginning in March
ISI Impact Factor: 2.84
Psychology - Clinical : 24 of 111

Psychological Assessment ® is concerned mainly with empirical research on measurement and evaluation relevant to the broad field of clinical psychology. Submissions are welcome in the areas of assessment processes and methods.

Included are

  • clinical judgment and the application of decision-making models
  • paradigms derived from basic psychological research in cognition, personality–social psychology, and biological psychology
  • development, validation, and application of assessment instruments, observational methods, and interviews

The focus of the journal is the diagnosis and evaluation of psychological characteristics or processes and assessment of the effectiveness of interventions.

Assessment of personality, psychopathological symptoms, cognitive and neuropsychological processes, and interpersonal behavior are all relevant. Methodological, theoretical, and review articles addressing clinical assessment processes and methods will also be considered.

Case studies will be considered if they make unique contributions to clinical psychological assessment. Papers that focus on measurement theory and methods will be considered if specifically focused on issues in clinical assessment.

Psychological Assessment® is a registered trademark of American Psychological Association
Editorial Board


Cecil R. Reynolds
Texas A&M University

Associate Editors

Yossef S. Ben-Porath
Kent State University

Gwyneth M. Boodoo
GMB Enterprises

Gary L. Canivez
Eastern Illinois University

Craig L. Frisby
University of Missouri

Antonio E. Puente
University of North Carolina Wilmington

Martin Sellbom
Australian National University, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Nathan C. Weed
Central Michigan University

Kevin D. Wu
Northern Illinois University

Consulting Editors

Daniel N. Allen
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Rebecca P. Ang
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Paul A. Arbisi
Minneapolis VA Medical Center

Alfredo Ardila
Florida International University

Andrea Ashbaugh
University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Ruth A. Baer
University of Kentucky

R. Michael Bagby
University of Toronto Scarborough, Ontario, Canada

Rebecca M. Bolen
University of Tennessee

S. L. Bosacki
Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

Barbara M. Byrne
University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Antonio Cano-Vindel
Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

William F. Chaplin
St. John's University

John R. Crawford
University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom

Andres De Los Reyes
University of Maryland at College Park

Christine DiStefano
University of South Carolina

C. Emily Durbin
Michigan State University

John F. Edens
Texas A&M University

Catherine C. Epkins
Texas Tech University

Giselle B. Esquivel
Fordham University

Xitao Fan
University of Macau, China

Richard F. Farmer
Oregon Research Institute

Holmes Finch
Ball State University

Johnathan D. Forbey
Ball State University

Howard N. Garb
Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas

Mauricio Garcia-Barrera
University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Carlton S. Gass
Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Miami, Florida

James W. Griffith
Northwestern University

William M. Grove
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus

Kyunghee Han
Central Michigan University

Richard W. Handel
Eastern Virginia Medical School

Stephen N. Haynes
University of Hawaii at Manoa

Bettina B. Hoeppner
Massachusetts General Hospital

Christopher J. Hopwood
Michigan State University

Arthur MacNeill Horton, Jr.
Psych Associates of Maryland

Alan S. Kaufman
Yale University School of Medicine

James C. Kaufman
University of Connecticut

Se-Kang Kim
Fordham University

Timothy R. Konold
University of Virginia

Kristin L. K. Koskey
The University of Akron

Radhika Krishnamurthy
Florida Institute of Technology

Ariel J. Lang
University of California San Diego and VA San Diego Healthcare System

Soonmook Lee
Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, South Korea

Antolin M. Llorente
Pennsylvania State University, Hershey Medical Center

David K. Marcus
Washington State University

David M. McCord
Western Carolina University

Rob R. Meijer
University of Groningen, the Netherlands

Dean McKay
Fordham University

Leslie C. Morey
Texas A&M University

Elias Mpofu
University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Richard W. J. Neufeld
Western University

Augustine Osman
The University of Texas at San Antonio

Stephanie R. Penney
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Steven P. Reise
University of California, Los Angeles

Matthew R. Reynolds
The University of Kansas

John Ruscio
The College of New Jersey

Douglas B. Samuel
Purdue University

W. Joel Schneider
Illinois State University

Mark D. Shermis
The University of Akron

Gregory T. Smith
University of Kentucky

Lisa Ann Suzuki
New York University

Auke Tellegen
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus

Susana Urbina
University of North Florida

Lihshing Leigh Wang
University of Cincinnati

Thomas A. Widiger
University of Kentucky

James M. Wood
University of Texas at El Paso

Dustin B. Wygant
Eastern Kentucky University

Myeongsun Yoon
Texas A&M University

Eric A. Youngstrom
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Andrea A. Zevenbergen
State University of New York–Fredonia

Editorial Coordinator

Angela Clinton

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Instructions to Authors

Prior to submission, please carefully read and follow the submission guidelines detailed below. Manuscripts that do not conform to the submission guidelines may be returned without review.


Manuscripts concerned with the development of a new assessment instrument should include a copy of the instrument.

In general, manuscripts should be no longer than 35 pages (this includes all elements of the manuscript, with the exception of any supplemental material).

Submit manuscripts electronically through the Manuscript Submission Portal.

Manuscript Submission Portal Entrance

General correspondence may be directed to the Editor's Office.

Masked Review

This journal has adopted a masked review policy for all submissions. Authors should make every effort to ensure that the manuscript itself contains no clues to their identities. Authors' names and affiliations should not appear in the manuscript. Instead, please include this information in just the cover letter.

Please ensure that the final version for production includes a byline and full author note for typesetting.

Brief Reports

Psychological Assessment will review brief reports of research studies in clinical assessment. The procedure is intended to permit the publication of carefully designed studies with a narrow focus or of specialized interest.

An author who submits a brief report must agree not to submit the full report to another journal of general circulation. The brief report should give a clear, condensed summary of the procedure of the study and as full an account of the results as space permits.

The brief report should be limited to 19 manuscript pages (1" margins, size 12 font). This includes the title page, abstract, author note, text, reference list, and any footnotes, tables, and figures. The number of tables and figures should be limited.

The author is encouraged to limit the number of headings within the brief report and to combine headings whenever possible. For example, the Results and Discussion sections can be combined. Also, subheadings under the Method section can often be omitted.

Authors are encouraged but not required to have available an extended report. If one is available, the author note of the brief report should include the following statement:

Correspondence concerning this article (and requests for an extended report of this study) should be addressed to [give the author's full name and address].

Research on Translations of Tests

Psychological Assessment rarely publishes in print psychometric studies of translations of tests unless the papers also address some conceptual or methodological issue of broader interest to clinical assessment.

However, we have a special online only publishing option for such Research on Translations of Tests articles. With this option, manuscripts undergo our normal review process and are held to the same standards of review as all other submissions to the journal, but, if accepted, would not appear in the print version of the journal but rather online only.

These articles would be listed in all Tables of Contents (online and print), would be clearly identified as published "Online Only," and the DOI identifier would be included in the Table of Contents. Also, full text copies of the translated tests would go into PsycTESTS.

Translations of commercially published tests are not eligible for review under this option.

Authors wishing to submit manuscripts in this category should select the "Research on Translations of Tests" article type when submitting their manuscript.

Manuscript Preparation

Prepare manuscripts according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). Manuscripts may be copyedited for bias-free language (see Chapter 3 of the Publication Manual).

Review APA's Checklist for Manuscript Submission before submitting your article.

Double-space all copy. Other formatting instructions, as well as instructions on preparing tables, figures, references, metrics, and abstracts, appear in the Manual.

Below are additional instructions regarding the preparation of display equations, computer code, and tables.

Display Equations

We strongly encourage you to use MathType (third-party software) or Equation Editor 3.0 (built into pre-2007 versions of Word) to construct your equations, rather than the equation support that is built into Word 2007 and Word 2010. Equations composed with the built-in Word 2007/Word 2010 equation support are converted to low-resolution graphics when they enter the production process and must be rekeyed by the typesetter, which may introduce errors.

To construct your equations with MathType or Equation Editor 3.0:

  • Go to the Text section of the Insert tab and select Object.
  • Select MathType or Equation Editor 3.0 in the drop-down menu.

If you have an equation that has already been produced using Microsoft Word 2007 or 2010 and you have access to the full version of MathType 6.5 or later, you can convert this equation to MathType by clicking on MathType Insert Equation. Copy the equation from Microsoft Word and paste it into the MathType box. Verify that your equation is correct, click File, and then click Update. Your equation has now been inserted into your Word file as a MathType Equation.

Use Equation Editor 3.0 or MathType only for equations or for formulas that cannot be produced as Word text using the Times or Symbol font.

Computer Code

Because altering computer code in any way (e.g., indents, line spacing, line breaks, page breaks) during the typesetting process could alter its meaning, we treat computer code differently from the rest of your article in our production process. To that end, we request separate files for computer code.

In Online Supplemental Material
We request that runnable source code be included as supplemental material to the article. For more information, visit Supplementing Your Article With Online Material.

In the Text of the Article
If you would like to include code in the text of your published manuscript, please submit a separate file with your code exactly as you want it to appear, using Courier New font with a type size of 8 points. We will make an image of each segment of code in your article that exceeds 40 characters in length. (Shorter snippets of code that appear in text will be typeset in Courier New and run in with the rest of the text.) If an appendix contains a mix of code and explanatory text, please submit a file that contains the entire appendix, with the code keyed in 8-point Courier New.


Use Word's Insert Table function when you create tables. Using spaces or tabs in your table will create problems when the table is typeset and may result in errors.

Submitting Supplemental Materials

APA can place supplemental materials online, available via the published article in the PsycARTICLES® database. Please see Supplementing Your Article With Online Material for more details.

Abstract and Keywords

All manuscripts must include an abstract containing a maximum of 250 words typed on a separate page. After the abstract, please supply up to five keywords or brief phrases.


List references in alphabetical order. Each listed reference should be cited in text, and each text citation should be listed in the References section.

Examples of basic reference formats:

  • Journal Article:
    Hughes, G., Desantis, A., & Waszak, F. (2013). Mechanisms of intentional binding and sensory attenuation: The role of temporal prediction, temporal control, identity prediction, and motor prediction. Psychological Bulletin, 139, 133–151.
  • Authored Book:
    Rogers, T. T., & McClelland, J. L. (2004). Semantic cognition: A parallel distributed processing approach. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Chapter in an Edited Book:
    Gill, M. J., & Sypher, B. D. (2009). Workplace incivility and organizational trust. In P. Lutgen-Sandvik & B. D. Sypher (Eds.), Destructive organizational communication: Processes, consequences, and constructive ways of organizing (pp. 53–73). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.


Graphics files are welcome if supplied as Tiff or EPS files. Multipanel figures (i.e., figures with parts labeled a, b, c, d, etc.) should be assembled into one file.

The minimum line weight for line art is 0.5 point for optimal printing.

For more information about acceptable resolutions, fonts, sizing, and other figure issues, please see the general guidelines.

When possible, please place symbol legends below the figure instead of to the side.

APA offers authors the option to publish their figures online in color without the costs associated with print publication of color figures.

The same caption will appear on both the online (color) and print (black and white) versions. To ensure that the figure can be understood in both formats, authors should add alternative wording (e.g., "the red (dark gray) bars represent") as needed.

For authors who prefer their figures to be published in color both in print and online, original color figures can be printed in color at the editor's and publisher's discretion provided the author agrees to pay:

  • $900 for one figure
  • An additional $600 for the second figure
  • An additional $450 for each subsequent figure


Authors of accepted papers must obtain and provide to the editor on final acceptance all necessary permissions to reproduce in print and electronic form any copyrighted work, including test materials (or portions thereof), photographs, and other graphic images (including those used as stimuli in experiments).

On advice of counsel, APA may decline to publish any image whose copyright status is unknown.

Publication Policies

APA policy prohibits an author from submitting the same manuscript for concurrent consideration by two or more publications.

See also APA Journals® Internet Posting Guidelines.

APA requires authors to reveal any possible conflict of interest in the conduct and reporting of research (e.g., financial interests in a test or procedure, funding by pharmaceutical companies for drug research).

Authors of accepted manuscripts are required to transfer the copyright to APA.

Ethical Principles

It is a violation of APA Ethical Principles to publish "as original data, data that have been previously published" (Standard 8.13).

In addition, APA Ethical Principles specify that "after research results are published, psychologists do not withhold the data on which their conclusions are based from other competent professionals who seek to verify the substantive claims through reanalysis and who intend to use such data only for that purpose, provided that the confidentiality of the participants can be protected and unless legal rights concerning proprietary data preclude their release" (Standard 8.14).

APA expects authors to adhere to these standards. Specifically, APA expects authors to have their data available throughout the editorial review process and for at least 5 years after the date of publication.

Authors are required to state in writing that they have complied with APA ethical standards in the treatment of their sample, human or animal, or to describe the details of treatment.

The APA Ethics Office provides the full Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct electronically on its website in HTML, PDF, and Word format. You may also request a copy by emailing or calling the APA Ethics Office (202-336-5930). You may also read "Ethical Principles," December 1992, American Psychologist, Vol. 47, pp. 1597–1611.

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