Nadeen Laurie Kaufman, DEd

Lecturer in the Child Study Center

Research Interests

Achievement; Aptitude; Child, Exceptional; Mental Processes; Psychological Theory; Psychology, Educational; Psychiatry and Psychology

Research Summary

The development of clinical tests of intelligence, achievement, and neuropsychological functioning. Major research program concerns not only the development of these individually-administered and computerized tests, but also their clinical and psychometric interpretation, especially for the diagnosis and treatment of learning disabilities and other exceptionalities.

Extensive Research Description

With my husband and scholarly colleague, Alan Kaufman, I have developed tests of intelligence, achievement, and neuropsychological functioning, beginning with the Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children (K-ABC) in 1983 and extending to the present day. We are currently in the tryout phase of developing the KTEA-III, a revision of the 2004 test, the Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement--2nd ed. (KTEA-II), and we are also working on a thorough revision of the 2004 KABC-II. Our most recently published test is the 2007 K-CLASSIC, a computerized screening test of the intelligence and attention of children ages 6-10 years; the test was published directly for a French publisher and was adapted and published in 2010 in Germany. My research and writing have centered on the clinical interpretation of tests to diagnose learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities (mental retardation) and other exceptionalities. I have written many psychological case reports that have been published in a diversity of texts, such as Intelligent Testing with the WISC-R (A. Kaufman, 1979), Assessing Adolescent and Adult Intelligence (A. Kaufman, 1990), and--more recently, Essentials of WISC-IV Assessment, 2nd ed. (D. Flanagan & A. Kaufman, 2009). I am co-author of Clinical Evaluation of Young Children with the McCarthy Scales (1977), Essentials of Assessment Report Writing (2004), and essentials of KABC-II Assessment (2005). I co-edited (with Alan Kaufman) the 2001 book Specific Learning Disabilities and Difficulties in Children and Adolescents: Psychological Assessment and Evaluation (at the invitation of Donald Cohen); and I co-edited (with Nancy Mather) a special 2006 issue of Psychology in the Schools that was devoted to the implementation of IDEA for the diagnosis of specific learning disabilities, entitled, “Integration of Cognitive Assessment and Response to Intervention.” I participated in a considerable research endeavor, along with three co-authors, concerning the diagnosis and treatment of specific learning disabilities. The outcome of this research project was a DVD training program titled, “Agora: The Marketplace of Ideas. Best Practices: Applying Response to Intervention (RTI) and Comprehensive Assessment for the Identification of Specific Learning Disabilities.” 1. Exploration of computer-based tests of cognitive abilities.
2. Development of tests of academic achievement that emphasize the translation of test scores to educational intervention.

Selected Publications

  • Use of individually administered achievement tests as clinical tools to help children with learning disabilities. Kaufman, N. L., Kaufman, A. S., Todo, E., Kumagai, K., & Ishikuma, T. (2012). Use of individually administered achievement tests as clinical tools to help children with learning disabilities. Japanese Journal of Learning Disabilities, 21, 24-31.

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Nadeen Laurie Kaufman, DEd
Mailing Address
3033 Curie Street
San Diego, CA 92122

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