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Ethical Issues in Psychological Assessment - Linda K. Knauss, Ph.D.



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Conducting psychological assessments can be one of the most ethically challenging areas of practice. Providing evaluations that are accurate, useful and consistent with the latest advances in research and theory are only a few of these challenges. This workshop will review several ethical issues of concern that graduate students who are engaged in assessment need to be attentive to. The ethical issues to be covered include informed consent, multicultural considerations, release of test data, third party requests for services, and assessment in the digital age. The workshop will be useful for identifying ethical pitfalls and for ensuring that diagnosis, and assessment are as valid and useful as possible for both clinicians and clients.

Learning Objectives:

Participants in this workshop will be able to:

  • Describe the essential elements of informed consent especially as it relates to difficult situations such as evaluating clients for decisional capacity.
  • Identify the clinical, ethical, and legal issues involved with the release of raw test data.
  • Discuss the components of a multiculturally competent assessment.
  • Recognize and resolve conflicts of interest in third party requests for services


Linda K. Knauss, Ph.D., ABPP

Linda K. Knauss, Ph.D., ABPP is a Professor at Widener University’s Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology and the former Director of Internship Training there. She is the Chair of the American Psychological Association’s Ethics Committee, Past-chair of The Pennsylvania Psychological Association's Ethics Committee, and has served as Co-chair of the Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists' Ethics Committee. Dr. Knauss is also a member of the Ethics Committee of the American Board of Professional Psychology. Dr. Knauss taught courses in ethics at Widener University, Immaculata University, and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She has authored several book chapters and journal articles on ethics, and has taught many continuing education workshops on a variety of ethical issues.

Dr. Knauss is the past-president of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, the Pennsylvania Psychological Foundation, and the Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists. She is also a member of the American Psychological Association's Council of Representatives (2000-2006; 2013-2018 representing Pennsylvania). Dr. Knauss is the recipient of a 2015 APA Presidential Citation for her work in APA as well as the recipient of the 2002 Ethics Educators Award presented by the Pennsylvania Psychological Association's Ethics Committee, and the recipient of the 2004 Pennsylvania Psychological Association Distinguished Service Award.

In addition to her work at Widener University, Dr. Knauss maintains a private clinical practice where she sees children, adolescents, adults, and families.

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