Guide to Psychological Assessment with African Americans

  • Lorraine T. Benuto
  • Brian D. Leany

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Nicholas S. Thaler, April D. Thames, Xavier E. Cagigas, Marc A. Norman
    Pages 63-77
  3. Lorraine T. Benuto, Brian D. Leany, Andrew Lee
    Pages 79-85
  4. Alfiee M. Breland-Noble, Jason Sotomayor, F. Antoinette Burriss
    Pages 87-104
  5. Shawn C. T. Jones, Enrique W. Neblett, Ashly L. Gaskin, Daniel B. Lee
    Pages 105-120
  6. L. Kevin Chapman, Ryan C. T. DeLapp, Allyn Richards
    Pages 121-144
  7. Monnica T. Williams, Chad T. Wetterneck, Broderick Sawyer
    Pages 145-161
  8. Monnica T. Williams, Emily Malcoun, Leyla Bahojb Nouri
    Pages 163-182
  9. Miesha Marzell, Brad Donohue, Travis Loughran
    Pages 183-194
  10. Shanette M. Harris
    Pages 195-215
  11. Allison Kalpakci, Carla Sharp
    Pages 217-236
  12. Lorraine T. Benuto, Cyndy G. Soto, Brian D. Leany
    Pages 237-246
  13. Adam J. Culbreth, Gregory P. Strauss
    Pages 247-259
  14. Samantha M. Behbahani, Robert M. Greenstone
    Pages 261-273
  15. Tara C. Raines, Jennifer Twyford, Erin Dowdy
    Pages 275-287
  16. Brian D. Leany, Lorraine T. Benuto, Lindsay F. Morra
    Pages 289-304
  17. Natalie M. Bennett, Brian D. Leany, Lorraine T. Benuto
    Pages 305-311
  18. Lorraine T. Benuto, Brian D. Leany, Jena Garrick
    Pages 313-329
  19. Back Matter
    Pages 331-332

About this book


The movements toward cultural sensitivity and evidence-based practice are watershed developments in clinical psychology. As a population with a long history of substandard treatment from mental health systems, African Americans have especially benefitted from these improvements. But as with other racial and ethnic minorities, finding relevant test measures in most psychological domains presents clinicians with an ongoing challenge.


The Guide to Psychological Assessment with African Americans aims to close the evaluation/therapy gap by giving practitioners the tools to choose appropriate instruments while respecting client individuality. Expert contributors analyze scarce and far-flung data, identify strengths and limitations of measures and norms in their use with African-American clients, and advise on avoiding biases in interpreting results. The editors advocate for a theory-based hypothesis-testing approach to assessment when empirical evidence is lacking, and offer guidelines for decision-making that is effective as well as ethnically aware. The Guide's findings, insights, and practical information cover the gamut of test and diagnostic areas, including:

  • IQ and personality.
  • Generalized anxiety disorder, panic, and phobias.
  • Neuropsychological assessment, cognitive decline, and dementia.
  • Mood disorders and suicidality.
  • Forensic assessment, risk, and recidivism.
  • Measures specific to children and adolescents.
  • Plus PTSD, substance disorders, eating pathology, and more.


Expertly complementing cross-cultural treatment texts, the Guide to Psychological Assessment with African Americans stands out as a trustworthy resource for treatment planning useful to clinical psychologists, neuropsychologists, and clinical social workers.



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Editors and affiliations

  • Lorraine T. Benuto
    • 1
  • Brian D. Leany
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of NevadaRenoUSA
  2. 2.California Dept of Corrections and Rehab High Desert State PrisonCalifornia Correctional Health Care ServSusanvilleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4939-1003-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4939-1004-5
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