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Finding Behavioral & Psychological Tests & Measurements: Resources to use

Tests and assessments are two separate but related components of a psychological evaluation. Behavioral health professionals use both types of tools to help them arrive at a diagnosis and a treatment plan.

Before You Start

Here are some things you will need to consider before starting to search for measurement instruments.

Published vs. Unpublished Tests
Published tests or measurements are available for purchase from the test publisher. Certification or permission from the publisher and author(s) may be required to administer these tests.

Unpublished tests or measurements are not available commercially but may be included in articles, studies and dissertations. These tests are also under copyright and you should request permission to use these tests by contacting the author(s).

Following Your Institution's Policies & Guidelines
Make sure you familiarize yourself with your institution's policies and guidelines on research and how this relates to volunteers you will be testing. At the UTHealth,for example, all research involving human participants must be reviewed and approved by the Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects  before it is initiated if it falls in one of the following categories:

Human subjects research conducted by any UTHealth employee (faculty, staff, administrative and professional), student, or resident in any facility/location (e.g. MHHS, HCPC, Thomas Street Clinic or LBJ General Hospital);

Human subject’s research conducted by non-UTHealth investigators that involves subjects/patients from any UTHealth-facility.

The Animal Welfare Committee (AWC) is responsible for overseeing the provisions for the care and well-being of animals used for research and educational purposes at UTHealth and serves the public by ensuring compliance with all legal and ethical standards regarding the use of vertebrate animals in research and teaching at UTHealth.

Consult Your School or Department
If you have questions about administering tests you have found you may need to contact someone from your department or the Office of Academic Affairs.

Be Patient
Finding a test or measurement instrument can be challenging at times and requires patience. You will likely need to consult several different resources, online databases and books but don't give up. The resources in this guide are meant to guide you through this process. If you need additional help please contact one of the librarians listed below.

Remember...Always get permission from a test's author before using the test.  

Online Databases to search

Psychiatric Test Guides & Resources

Behavioral Questionnaires

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention; National Center for Health Statistics

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration