Activity

Psychological Testing, Including Validity Testing, for Social Security Administration Disability Determinations


Type: Consensus Study
Topics: Health Services, Coverage, and Access, Select Populations and Health Equity, Substance Use and Mental Health
Board: Board on the Health of Select Populations

Activity Description

The IOM will conduct a study to evaluate the value of psychological testing in the adjudication of disability claims submitted to the Social Security Administration (SSA) Disability Programs. In carrying out this task, the committee will:

  1. Perform a critical review of selected psychological tests, including symptom validity tests (SVTs), that could contribute to SSA disability determinations;
  2. Provide guidance on the general relevance and applicability of psychological tests, including SVTs, in the context of other relevant evidence to SSA disability determinations in claims involving physical and mental disorders; and
  3. Provide guidance on how to use the results of psychological tests, including SVTs, in the context of disability determinations.

To accomplish these objectives, the committee shall consider the following topics: (1) use of psychological testing, (2) testing norms, (3) qualifications for administration of tests, (4) administration of tests, (5) reporting results, and (6) use of tests for the disability evaluation process.

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