Clinical Interpretation of the WAIS-III and WMS-III - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780127035703, 9780080490663

Clinical Interpretation of the WAIS-III and WMS-III

1st Edition

Authors: David Tulsky Donald Saklofske Gordon Chelune Robert Heaton Robert Ivnik Robert Bornstein Aurelio Prifitera Mark Ledbetter
eBook ISBN: 9780080490663
Hardcover ISBN: 9780127035703
Paperback ISBN: 9781493302079
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 7th May 2003
Page Count: 618
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Table of Contents

Introduction. Preface. Contributors.

Part I: The Evolution of the Weschler Scales.

D.S. Tulsky, D.H. Saklofske, and J.H. Ricker, Historical Overview of Intelligence and Memory: Factors Influencing the Wechsler Scales.

D.S. Tulsky, D.H. Saklofske, and J. Zhu, Revising a Standard: An Evaluation of the Origin and Development of the WAIS-III.

D.S. Tulsky, N.D. Chiaravalloti, B. Palmer, and G.J. Chelune, The Wechsler Memory Scale, Third Edition: A New Perspective.

Part II: Reducing Variance When Interpreting WAIS-III and WMS-III Scores: Introduction to Chapters 4-8.

D.S. Tulsky, R.J. Ivnik, L. Price, and C. Wilkins, Assessment of Cognitive Functioning with the WAIS-III and WMS-III: Development of a Six-Factor Model.

R.K. Heaton, M.J. Taylor, and J. Manly, Demographic Effects and Use of Demographically Corrected Norms with the WAIS-III and WMS-III.

K. Hawkins and D.S. Tulsky, WAIS-III WMS-III Discrepancy Analysis: Six-Factor Model Index Discrepancy Base Rates, Implications, and a Preliminary Consideration of Utility.

G. Smith, J.H. Cerhan, and R.J. Ivnik, Diagnostic Validity.

T. Lineweaver and G.J. Chelune, Use of the WAIS-III and WMS-III in the Context of Serial Assessments: Interpreting Reliable and Meaningful Change.

Part III: Dealing with "curveballs" when using the WAIS-III and WMS-III: The interpretation of unstandardized administration.

J. Harris, D.S. Tulsky, and M. Schultheis, Assessment of the Non-Native English Speaker: Assimilating History and Research Findings to Guide Clinical Practice.

B. Palmer, M. Taylor, and R.K. Heaton, Accuracy of WAIS-III-WMS-III Joint Factor Scores When One or More Subtest is Omitted or an Alternate Subt


This guide to the WAIS-III and WMS-III tests is written to help clinical practitioners achieve efficient and accurate interpretations of test results. The only interpretive guide to be based on data obtained while standardizing the tests, this reference source provides new models for interpreting results, as well as practical information on the diagnostic validity, demographically corrected norms, and accuracy of the tests in measuring intelligence and memory.

The focus of information is to allow clinicians to reduce variance in the interpretations of scores, indicating how best to factor in socio-economic status of respondents, interpreting meaningful change in serial assessments, and scoring with alternate or omitted sub-tests. Also included in the book are chapters on accommodating clients with disabilities. The final chapter discusses frequently asked questions (with answers) on the use and interpretation of the tests, as well as practical issues to help make scoring time-efficient and accurate.

Key Features

  • Only guide to be based on data obtained in the standardization of the tests
  • Practical examples given to help guide interpretation of scores
  • Focuses on information to make faster, more accurate scoring interpretations


Clinical psychologists, neuropsychologists, school psychologists, educational psychologists, psychometricians.


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"Tulsky and colleagues have prepared a most interesting and informative volume on the development and clinical interpretation of the WAIS-III and WMS-III... In summary, I found this to be a most informative and enjoyable book."

"Overall, this is a well-edited book that presents in a coherent and consistent manner a new framework for interpretation of the WAIS–III and WMS–III, along with valuable applied normative, base rate, and related psychometric information, that will be of considerable value to a wide range of neuropsychologists... this book fills an important void in the assessment area, especially with regard to the WMS–III. Anyone who uses the WAIS–III and WMS–III on a regular basis should have this text on his or her bookshelf."

"This is an edited collection of papers that focuses on various aspects of the most recent revision of the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS–III) and Wechsler Memory Scale (WMS–III). The papers in this volume fall into three broad areas. The first section of the book (and part of one of the subsequent chapters) provides an overview of the history of the development of measures of memory and intelligence, with particular emphasis on the Wechsler scales. These chapters are thoroughly delightful, and the only shortcoming is that they are too brief."

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About the Authors

David Tulsky Author

Affiliations and Expertise

Kessler Medical Rehabilitation Research and Education Corporation and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical School, West Orange, New Jersey, U.S.A.

Donald Saklofske Author

Dr. Donald H. Saklofske is Professor, Department of Psychology at The University of Western Ontario, Visiting Professor at Beijing Normal University and International Research Associate, University of Florence. He is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and the Canadian Psychological Association. Don's research focuses on personality, intelligence, individual differences and psychological assessment. He has published more than 300 journal articles, book chapters and books. He is Editor-in-Chief of Personality and Individual Differences and Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Western Ontario, Ontario, Canada

Gordon Chelune Author

Affiliations and Expertise

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.

Robert Heaton Author

Affiliations and Expertise

University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California, U.S.A.

Robert Ivnik Author

Affiliations and Expertise

Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, U.S.A.

Robert Bornstein Author

Affiliations and Expertise

The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A.

Aurelio Prifitera Author

Affiliations and Expertise

San Antonio, TX, USA

Mark Ledbetter Author

Affiliations and Expertise

Trinity Clinical Associates, San Antonio, Texas, USA