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Assessing Childhood Psychopathology and Developmental Disabilities

  • Johnny L. Matson
  • Frank Andrasik
  • Michael L. Matson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Robert W. Heffer, Tammy D. Barry, Beth H. Garland
      Pages 3-29
    2. Jeremy D. Jewell, Stephen D. A. Hupp, Andrew M. Pomerantz
      Pages 31-53
    3. Amie E. Grills-Taquechel, Rosanna Polifroni, Jack M. Fletcher
      Pages 55-88
  3. Assessment of Specific Problems

    1. R. W. Kamphaus, Cecil R. Reynolds, Katie King Vogel
      Pages 91-115
    2. WM. Drew Gouvier, Audrey Baumeister, Kola Ijaola
      Pages 151-182
  4. Assessment of Specific Pychopathologies

    1. Nicole R. Powell, John E. Lochman, Melissa F. Jackson, Laura Young, Anna Yaros
      Pages 185-207
    2. C. Emily Durbin, Sylia Wilson
      Pages 241-271
    3. Stephanie Danner, Matthew E. Young, Mary A. Fristad
      Pages 273-308
  5. Assessment of Problems Developmental Disabilities

    1. George H. Noell, Scott P. Ardoin, Kristin A. Gansle
      Pages 311-340
    2. Timothy R. Vollmer, Kimberly N. Sloman, Carrie S. W. Borrero
      Pages 341-369
    3. Jessica A. Boisjoli, Johnny L. Matson
      Pages 371-397
  6. Behavioral Medicine

    1. Nancy Zucker, Rhonda Merwin, Camden Elliott, Jennifer Lacy, Dawn Eichen
      Pages 401-443
    2. Frank Andrasik, Carla Rime
      Pages 445-470
    3. Cathleen C. Piazza, Henry S. Roane
      Pages 471-490
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 491-506

About this book


Not long ago, conducting child assessment was as simple as stating that "the child gets along with others" or "the child lags behind his peers." Today’s pediatric psychologists and allied professionals, by contrast, know the critical importance of using accurate measures with high predictive quality to identify pathologies early, form precise case conceptualizations, and provide relevant treatment options.

Assessing Childhood Psychopathology and Developmental Disabilities provides a wide range of evidence-based methods in an immediately useful presentation from infancy through adolescence. Noted experts offer the most up-to-date findings in the most pressing areas, including:

  • Emerging trends, new technologies, and implementation issues.
  • Interviewing techniques and report writing guidelines.
  • Intelligence testing, neuropsychological assessment, and scaling methods for measuring psychopathology.
  • Assessment of major pathologies, including ADHD, conduct disorder, bipolar disorder, and depression.
  • Developmental disabilities, such as academic problems, the autism spectrum and comorbid pathology, and self-injury.
  • Behavioral medicine, including eating and feeding disorders as well as pain management.


This comprehensive volume is an essential resource for the researcher’s library and the clinician’s desk as well as a dependable text for graduate and postgraduate courses in clinical child, developmental, and school psychology.

(A companion volume, Treating Childhood Psychopathology and Developmental Disabilities, is also available to ensure greater continuity on the road from assessment to intervention to outcome.)


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Editors and affiliations

  • Johnny L. Matson
    • 1
  • Frank Andrasik
    • 2
  • Michael L. Matson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyLouisiana State UniversityBaton Rouge
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of West FloridaPensacola

About the editors

Johnny L. Matson, is Professor and Distinguished Research Master and Director of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. He is the author of 29 books and more than 350 scientific papers and book chapters. His area of clinical and research interests are developmental disabilities, autism, and severe child psychopathology.

Frank Andrasik holds the positions of Professor of Psychology at the University of West Florida and Senior Research Scientist at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition. He has published approximately 200 articles and chapters and has delivered more than 450 talks on the topics of pain, stress, biofeedback, developmental disability, psychiatry, and organizational behavior management; he has also produced several texts for professionals. His most recent published texts are Biofeedback: A Practitioner’s Guide, 3rd edition (Guilford, $80), co-edited with Mark S. Schwartz in 2003, and Comprehensive Handbook of Personality and Psychopathology, Volume Two: Adult Psychopathology (Wiley, $200), an edited volume that has just been released (with a publication date of 2006). He belongs to a number of professional societies, holding the status of Fellow in the American Psychological Association (Division of Health Psychology and Society of Clinical Psychology), American Psychological Society, and Society of Behavioral Medicine, and serving as President of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback in 1993-1994.

Michael L. Matson is a student at Louisiana State University. He is co-author of 2 books and 7 scientific papers. His research interests are in the area of developmental disabilities.

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From the reviews:

“Chapters begin with a clear statement about the importance of the topic, flowing smoothly to key issues, subtopics, and a wealth of research findings. … Psychologists who want to support their decisions scientifically, ethically and legally will find the information enormously valuable. The writing is smooth and easy to absorb with surprising consistency throughout considering the depth and breath of the contributors. The get to the point presentation makes the narrative interesting and comfortable to use as a reference.” (The Psychology Times, Vol. 2 (3), November, 2010)