Psychological assessment in organisational settings

Krause, D.E., Rossberger, R., Dowdeswell, K., Venter, N., & Joubert, T. (2011). Assessment centre practices in South Africa. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 19(3), 262-275.

Kriek, H., & Dowdeswell, K. (2010). Adverse impact in South Africa. In J.L. Outzz (Ed.), Adverse Impact: Implications for organisational staffing and high stakes selection (pp. 375-399). New York: Routledge.

Sackett, P.R., Shen, W., & Myors, B. (2010). Perspectives from Twenty-Two Countries on the Legal Environment for Selection. In J.L. Farr & N.T. Tippins (Eds.), Handbook of Employee Selection. New York: Routledge.

Kanfer, R., Wolf, M.B., Kantrowitz, T.M., & Ackerman, P.L. (2009). Ability and Trait Complex Predictors of Academic and Job Performance: A Person–Situation Approach. Applied Psychology 59(1), 40-69.

Australian Psychological Society – Workplace Issues

Code of Practice for psychological and other similar assessment in the workplace (SIOPSA and PAI document, 2006) 

Lowman, R.L (2005). Importance of diagnosis in organisational assessment: Harry Levinson’s contributions

MacQueen, P. (Oct, 2012). The rapid rise of online psychological testing in selection

Pearce, R. (2009) Personality assessment in organisational settings

Pryor, R. (Oct, 2012). Contemporary issues in the use of psychological assessment for recruitment and selection

Potgieter, T. E. & van der Merwe, R.P. (2002). Assessment in the workplace: A competency-based approach.

Schreuder, D & Coetzee, M. (2010). An overview of industrial and organisational psychology research in South Africa: A preliminary study. South African Journal of Industrial Psychology, 36.

Richards, J.F. (Oct, 2012). Recruitment of police to specialist roles

Thomas, L.A. & Scroggins, W. A. (2006).Psychological Testing in Personnel Selection: Contemporary Issues in Cognitive Ability and Personality Testing. Journal of Business Enquiry  

Webster, V. & Davies, E. (2012). Valid selection: Changing recruitment practices in a private healthcare organisation

Bartram, D. (2008). Global norms: Towards some guidelines for aggregating personality norms across countries. International Journal of Testing, 8, 31-333.

Fleck, S., & Inceoglu, I. (2010). A comprehensive framework for understanding and predicting engagement. In S. Albrecht (Ed.), The Handbook of Employee Engagement: Models, Measures and Practice (pp. 31-42). Cheltenham: Edward-Elgar Publishing House.

Inceoglu, I., & Fleck, S. (2010). Engagement as a motivational construct. In S. Albrecht (Ed.), The Handbook of Employee Engagement: Models, Measures and Practice (pp. 74-86). Cheltenham: Edward-Elgar Publishing House.

Inceoglu, I., & Segers, J., Bartram, D. (2012). Age-related differences in work motivation. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 85 (2), 300–329.

Inceoglu, I., & Warr, P. (2011). Personality and Job Engagement. Journal of Personnel Psychology, 10 (4), 177-181.

Kantrowitz, T.M., Grelle, D.M., Beaty, J.D., & Wolf, M.B. (2012). Time Is Money: Polychronicity as a Predictor of Performance Across Job Levels. Human Performance, 25(2), 114-137, DOI: 10.1080/08959285.2012.658926

Paediatric Cognitive Neuropsychology

Introduction to neurodevelopment

Black, J.E. (1998). How a child builds its brain: Some lessons from animal studies of neural plasticity. Preventive Medicine, 27, 168-171.

Assessment using the NEPSY-II

Stinnett, T.A., Oehler-Stinnett, J., Fuqua, D.R. & Palmer, L.S. (2002). Examination of the Underlying Structure of the Nepsy: A Developmental Neuropsychological Assessment.  Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 20, 66-82.

Attention/deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Mahone, E.M., Crocetti, D., Ranta, M.E., Gaddis, A., Cataldo, M., Slifer, K.J., Denckla, M.B. & Mostofsky, S.H. (2011). A Preliminary Neuroimaging Study of Preschool Children with ADHD. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 25 (6), 1009–1028.

Autism & Pervasive Developmental Disorders

The trouble with autism: Delays in early identification and diagnosis
Associate Professor Cheryl Dissanayake

Saitoh, O., Karns, C.M. & Courchesne, E. (2001). Development of the hippocampal formation from 2 to 42 years old: MRI evidence of smaller area dentate in autism. Brain, 124, 1317-1324.

Learning Disorders

Widmann, A., Schröger, E., Tervaniemi, M., Pakarinen, S. & Kujala, T. (2012). Mapping symbols to sounds: electrophysiological correlates of the impaired reading process in dyslexia. Frontiers in Language Sciences, 3.

Oppositional Defiant & Conduct disorders

Dick,D.M., Viken, R.J., Kaprio, J., Pulkkinen, L. & Rose, R.J. (2005).Understanding the Covariation Among Childhood Externalizing Symptoms: Genetic and Environmental

Influences on Conduct Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder Symptoms, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 33,219-229.

Childhood Epilepsy

Ackermann, S.  & Van Toorn, R. (2011). Managing first-time seizures and epilepsy in

Children. CME, 29, 142-148.

Traumatic Brain Injury

Understanding and managing traumatic brain injury
Professor Jennie Ponsford

Resilience of people with traumatic brain injury and their carers Emeritus Professor Roger Rees   

Can psychological interventions be adapted for people with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury?
Dr Dana Wong. Dr Adam McKay and Dr Ming-Yun Hsieh

Ethical behaviour intervention for clients with a TBI: When is it OK to intervene?
Dr Brooke Froud-Cummins and Associate Professor Malcolm Hopwood

Savage, R.C. (2012). The Developing Brain after TBI: Predicting Long Term Deficits and Services for Children, Adolescents and Young Adults. North American Brain Injury Society. Retrieved 20 June 2012 from http://www.internationalbrain.org/?q=node/112

General texts

Anderson, V., Northam, E., Hendy, J. & Wrennall, J. (2001). Developmental neuropsychology: A Clinical Approach. Hove: Psychology Press.

Appleton, R. & Baldwin, T. (Eds.) (1998). Management of Brain-Injured Children. New York: Oxford University Press.

Baron, S. (2004). Neuropsychological Evaluation of the Child. New York: Oxford University Press.

Gillberg, C. (2003). Clinical Child Neuropsychiatry. Cambridge: Cambridge University press.

Johnson, M. H. (2005). Developmental cognitive neuroscience: An introduction, 2nd edition. Oxford: Blackwell.

Panteliadis, C.P. & Korinthenberg, R. (2005). Paediatric Neurology: Theory and Practice. New York: Thieme Verlag.

Helping troubled children: Seven things you should know about the origins of mental health disorders
Professor Mark Dadds

The care team approach to helping troubled children
Christine Miller

Using play to help troubled children in the school setting
Dr Deborah Truneckova and Professor Linda L. Viney

Body image: Is it just for girls?
Assistant Professor Vivienne Lewis

Research on Weird samples

The Weirdest People in the World?

Joseph Henrich, Steven J. Heine, Ara Norenzayan

To be published in “Behavioral and Brain Sciences” together with “Open Peer Commentaries”

Behavioral scientists routinely publish broad claims about human psychology and behavior in the world’s top journals based on samples drawn entirely from Western, Educated,

Industrialized, Rich and Democratic (WEIRD) societies. Researchers—often implicitly—assume that either there is little variation across human populations, or that these “standard subjects”are as representative of the species as any other population. Are these assumptions justified?


Here, our review of the comparative database from across the behavioral sciences suggests both that there is substantial variability in experimental results across populations and that WEIRD subjects are particularly unusual compared with the rest of the species—frequent outliers. The domains reviewed include visual perception, fairness, cooperation, spatial reasoning, categorization and inferential induction, moral reasoning, reasoning styles, selfconcepts and related motivations, and the heritability of IQ. The findings suggest that members of WEIRD societies, including young children, are among the least representative populations one could find for generalizing about humans. Many of these findings involve domains that are associated with fundamental aspects of psychology, motivation, and behavior—hence, there are no obvious a priori grounds for claiming that a particular behavioral phenomenon is universal based on sampling from a single subpopulation. Overall, these empirical patterns suggests that we need to be less cavalier in addressing questions of human nature on the basis of data drawn from this particularly thin, and rather unusual, slice of humanity. We close by proposing ways to structurally re‐organize the behavioral sciences to best tackle these challenges.

Psychological Assessment Textbooks

Aiken, L.R.. Psychological testing and assessment. New York: Pearson

Anastasi, A. & Urbina, S. (1997 or later). Psychological testing. New   Jersey: Prentice Hall.

Cohen, R.J.&Swerdlik, M.E. (2005 or later). Psychological Testing and Assessment (6th ed or later). Boston: McGraw-Hill

Cronbach, L.J. (1984). Essentials of  Psychological Testing. New   York: Harper and Row.

Foxcroft, C. & Roodt, G. (2001 or later). An introduction to psychological assessment. Cape Town, SA: OxfordUniversity Press.

Goldman, B.A. & Mitchell, D.F. (1996). Directory of Unpublished Experimental Mental Measures.Washington: APA.

Goldstein, G. & Herson, M. (1990). Handbook of Psychological Assessment. New York: Pergamon.

Gregory, R.J. (2004 or later). Psychological testing: History, principles and applications. New York: Pearson

Groth-Marnat, G. (1990 or later). Handbook of Psychological Assessment. New York: Wiley.

Hanson, F.A. (1993). Testing, Testing: Social Consequences of the Examined Life. California: University of California Press.

Huysamen, G.K. (1996). Psychological measurement: An introduction with psychological examples. Pretoria: Van Schaiks.

Kaplan, R.M. & Saccuzzo, D.P. (1997 or later). Psychological testing: Principles, applications and issues. Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole.

Kaplan, H. & Sadock, B. (1991 or later). Synopsis of Psychiatry. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins.

Kaliski, S. (2008). Psychological Assessment in South Africa. Oxford University Press.

Kline, P. (1993). Personality: The Psychometric View. New York: Routledge.

Kline, P. (1994). An easy guide to factor analysis. London: Routledge.

Lezak, M. (1995 or later). Neuropsychological Assessment. New York: OxfordUniversity Press.

Mauer, K.F. (2000). Psychological test and other similar assessment device classification and use in South Africa. Retrieved from www.pai.org.za/board.htm

Moerdyk, A. (2009). The principles and practice of psychological assessment. Pretoria: Van Schaiks

Murphy, K.R. & Davidshofer, C.O. (1998 or later). Psychological testing: Principles and applications. New Jersey: Prentice Hall.

Newmark, C.S. (Ed.) (1985). Major Psychological Assessment Instruments. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Owen, K. & Taljaard, J.J. (1996). Handbook for the use of psychological and scholastic tests of the HSRC. Pretoria: HSRC.

Rubin, R.B., Palmgreen, P. &  Sypher, H.E. (1994). Communication Research Methods: A Sourcebook. New York: The Guildford Press.

Rust, J. & Golombok, S. (1989). Modern Psychometrics: The Science of Psychological Measurement. London: Routledge.

Sattler, J. (1992). Assessment of Children. Sandiego: Jerome M. Sattler Publisher Inc.

Tallent, N. (1992). The practice of psychological assessment. Prentice Hall: Englewood Cliffs, NJ.

Terre Blanche, M., & Durrheim, K. (1999 or later). Research in Practice.UCT Press: Cape Town.

Mental measurements yearbook.Lincoln, NE: Buros Institute of Mental Measurements

African Psychology Journals

African Journal of Psychology and Counseling

IfE PsycholoGIA

Journal of African Psychology

Journal of Psychology in Africa

New Voices in Psychology

Psycho-analytic Psychotherapy in South Africa

Psychology in Society

South African Journal of Human Resource Management

South African Journal of Psychology

South African Journal of Industrial Psychology