Clinical Interpretation of the WAIS-III and WMS-III

Clinical Interpretation of the WAIS-III and WMS-III

1st Edition - April 29, 2003

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  • Authors: David Tulsky, Donald Saklofske, Gordon Chelune, Robert Heaton, Robert Ivnik, Robert Bornstein, Aurelio Prifitera, Mark Ledbetter
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080490663

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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.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction.
    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 Subtest is Employed.
    J. Braden, Accommodating Clients with Disabilities on the WAIS-III and WMS.
    Part IV: Training Others to Admister the WAIS-III and WMS-III: A Guide to Practical Issues.
    L. Lacritz and C.M. Cullum, The WAIS-III and WMS-III: Practical Issues and Frequently Asked Questions.
    Appendix 1.
    Appendix 2.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 618
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2003
  • Published: April 29, 2003
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080490663

About the Authors

David Tulsky

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

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

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

Gordon Chelune

Affiliations and Expertise

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

Robert Heaton

Affiliations and Expertise

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

Robert Ivnik

Affiliations and Expertise

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

Robert Bornstein

Affiliations and Expertise

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

Aurelio Prifitera

Affiliations and Expertise

San Antonio, TX, USA

Mark Ledbetter

Affiliations and Expertise

Trinity Clinical Associates, San Antonio, Texas, USA

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