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George McCloskey, PhD, Professor, Director of School Psychology Research

Dr. McCloskey earned a BS in psychology, magna cum laude, and received the Departmental Award for Excellence in Psychology, from St. Vincent College in 1976.  He obtained an MS in school psychology in 1979, and a PhD in school psychology in 1985 from The Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. McCloskey has accumulated a broad range of work experiences in the field of psychology over the last 25 years. He has been involved in practical, direct service work in multiple settings, pre-service teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels, teaching for continuing education and in-service purposes including presentations numbering in the hundreds for state, regional, and national and international professional associations, research and test development in both university and corporate settings, and administration and supervision in clinical, university, and business settings.

Prior to completing his training in school psychology, he worked as a paraprofessional in minimum security prison and community mental health settings. His experience in the field as a school psychologist included interning in the Lancaster City schools; working full-time for the Pinellas County, Florida public schools; and working part-time for State College Area schools in State College, Pennsylvania and the Parkland School District in Allentown, Pennsylvania. From 2003 to 2007, Dr. McCloskey was the Director of the SPARK (School Psychologists Adopting Refined Knowledge) Project for the New York City Department of Education. This program involved coordinating and providing in-service training activities for more than 1,200 school psychologists and 30 supervisors of school psychologists employed by the New York City Department of Education. In 2009, Dr. McClsokey became a consultant to the School District of Philadelphia to assist with updating the skills of more than 100 school psychologists’ employed by the School District of Philadelphia.

Dr. McCloskey has been involved in teaching activities since his graduate training days. While a graduate student at Penn State, he taught courses on Statistics for the Biological Sciences for the Statistics Department, assisted Dr. John Salvia in the teaching of a psychoeducational assessment course for psychologists and teachers, and taught a Psychology of Learning course for St. Vincent's College. Dr. McCloskey has served as an adjunct faculty member for the School Psychology graduate program at Ryder University in Lawrenceville, and for the PCOM Clinical and School Psychology programs, teaching courses in cognitive assessment, intervention, and research. As a Clinical Measurement Consultant for the Psychological Corporation from 1993-2001, Dr. McCloskey devoted several years to in-service training of school, clinical and neuropsychologists, educational evaluators, special educators, speech therapists and other assessment specialists in the use and interpretation of assessment instruments.

Dr. McCloskey has been a full-time member of the PCOM Psychology Department faculty since March 2004. His primary responsibilities include teaching courses in the PsyD and EdS School Psychology programs, supervising doctoral dissertation research, and serving as Director of Research for the School Psychology program.

In addition to his clinical and teaching work, Dr. McCloskey has accumulated over 20 years of experience in research and test development activities. He joined the staff of American Guidance Service (AGS) in 1984 as a research associate in test development. In 1987, he was promoted to Senior Research Associate, and he served as Associate Director of Development from 1989 to 1993. While at AGS, Dr. McCloskey was involved in the development of many of the well-known psychological and educational assessment instruments used by clinicians, including the Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement (KTEA), the Kaufman Adolescent and Adult Intelligence Test (KAIT), the Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test (K-BIT), the AGS Early Screening Profiles, Developmental Indicators for the Assessment of Learning-Third Edition (DIAL-III), Behavior Assessment System for Children (BASC), Social Skills Rating System (SSRS), Kaufman Short Neuropsychological Assessment Procedure (K-SNAP), Kaufman Functional Academic Skills Test (K-FAST), the Oral and Written Language Scales (OWLS), the Comprehensive Assessment of Speech and Language (CASL), and the Multidimensional Self-Concept Scale(MSCS).

As a freelance development specialist, he contributed to the writing of the narrative content and the program logic for the WISC-III Writer, a report writing software program. During 1992-94, as a consultant to the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Instructional Support Team project, Dr. McCloskey provided research design and data analysis services to analyze the results of statewide Support Program effectiveness studies that were the precursors to the current RtI movement. In 1993, Dr. McCloskey took a position as a Clinical Measurement Consultant for The Psychological Corporation, providing consultative and training services throughout the northeast region. Throughout this period, Dr. McCloskey frequently was called on to assist with test development activities, and in 2001, he accepted a position as Senior Research Director in the Test Development department of The Psychological Corporation. In that capacity, he assisted with the development of the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scales of Intelligence-Third Edition (WPPSI-III) and the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-Fourth Edition (WISC-IV), directed the development of the WISC-IV Integrated, and helped to blueprint a revision of the NEPSY-II: A Developmental Neuropsychological Assessment.

Dr. McCloskey has served as a consultant to state departments of education, universities, professional associations, and school districts, providing various training and clinical consultation services. Dr. McCloskey also provides psychoeducational assessment services and consulting on academic and behavioral intervention plans and the implementation of Response to Interventions methods in public schools and instructional methods in private schools.

Dr. McCloskey works with children and adults experiencing various cognitive, learning, and behavior difficulties including ADHD, executive dysfunction, memory problems, reading disability, written expression disability, math disability, head trauma, mental retardation, autism, Asperger's and pervasive developmental delay.

Dr. McCloskey's areas of research interest include cognition and cognitive neuropsychology and the relationship of these fields to learning and classroom instruction, and psychological and educational assessment and the link between assessment and intervention. Of particular interest are:  1) the role of executive functions in learning and production and interventions to increase student self-regulation capacities, 2) reading assessment and instruction,  3) system-wide educational change, 4) memory process and classroom learning,  and 5) assessment methodology and the psychometric properties of assessment techniques.

Dr. McCloskey has authored and co-authored two books on executive functions and several book chapters and journal articles on executive functions and on cognitive and educational assessment issues. He is the lead author of the recently published book Assessment and Intervention for Executive Function Difficulties (2009) and is the author of Essentials of Executive Functions Assessment (December 2012).

Professional Affiliations/Activities

Chair, Continuing Education Committee, Pennsylvania Psychological Association (2004-2009)

NASP Liaison, Joint Committee for Test Practices  (2004-2008)

Advisory Board Member, Association of Educational Therapists 

Board of Directors, Pennsylvania Psychological Foundation (1998-2001)

Member, American Psychological Association 

Member, National Association of School Psychologists 

Member, Eastern Psychological Association 

Member, Pennsylvania Psychological Association 

Member, Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania


Professional Awards

Alan S. Kaufman, Excellence in Intelligent Testing Award from Fordham University, New York presented at the Fordham University Annual Assessment Conference, May 2012

Award for Distinguished Contributions to School Psychology from the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, June 2008

Certificate of Appreciation, National Association of School Psychologists’ Government and Professional Relations Committee, March 2001

Service to Psychology Award from the New Jersey Association of School Psychologists, May 2000

Service to Psychology Award from the Massachusetts Psychological Association, June 2000


Recent Publications

McCloskey, G., Whitaker, J., Murphy, R. & Rogers, J. (2012).  Intellectual, cognitive, and neuropsychological assessment in three-tier service delivery systems in schools.  In D.P. Flanagan & P.L. Harrison, (Eds.), Contemporary intellectual assessment:  Theories, tests and issues.  New York:  Guilford Press.

McGowan, M., McCloskey, G., Maerlender, A., & Whitaker, J.  (2011).  Neuropsychology of auditory processing disorders.  In Davis, A.  Handbook of Pediatric Neuropsychology.  New York:  John Wiley & Sons.  

McCloskey, G. (2010).  Applying a multi-level interpretive framework with an emphasis on the assessment of executive functions.  In N. Mather & L. Jaffe, Comprehensive evaluations: Case reports for psychologists, diagnosticians, and special educators.  New York:  John Wiley & Sons.

McCloskey, G. & Lennon, L.  (2009).  Applying an Executive Function Framework in Educational Therapy.  In M. Ficksman & J.U. Adelizzi (Eds).  Clinical Practice of Educational Therapy:  A Teaching Model.  New York:  Routledge Press.

McCloskey, G. (2009).  Clinical applications I:  A neuropsychological approach to interpretation of the WAIS-IV and the use of the WAIS-IV in learning disability assessments.  In E.O. Lichtenberger & A.S. Kaufman. Essentials of WAIS-IV Assessment.  New York:  John Wiley & Sons.

McCloskey, G. (2009).  The WISC-IV Integrated.  In D.P. Flannagan & A.S. Kaufman. Essentials of WISC-IV Assessment.  New York:  John Wiley & Sons.

McCloskey, G, Hewitt, J., Henzel, J.N., Eusebio, E.C.  (2008).  Executive functions and emotional disturbance.  In S.G. Feifer & G. Rattan (Eds.), The neuropsychology of emotional disorders. Middletown, MD:  The School Neuropsych Press.

McCloskey, G., Kane, P., Champ-Morera, C., Gipe, K, & McLaughlin, A. (2007).  Assessment of personality disorders in childhood.  In Freeman, A. & Reinecke, M.A. (Eds.), Personality Disorders in Adolescence.  New York: Wiley. 

McCloskey, G., & Mearlender, A.  (2004). The WISC-IV Integrated.  In Prifitera, A., & Saklofske, D., WISC-IV Clinical use and interpretation:  Scientist-practitioner perspectives. New York: Academic Press.

Harrison, P.L., & McCloskey, G.M.  (1989).  The role of the school psychologist in business settings.  In R.C. D'Amato & R.S. Dean (Eds.),  School psychology in nontraditional settings.Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers.

McCloskey, G.  (1987).  Burk's Behavior Rating Scales.  In Reynolds, C.R., & Mann, L.  (Eds.) Encyclopedia of special education:  A reference guide for the education of the  handicapped and other exceptional children and youth. New York:  John Wiley & Sons.  

McCloskey, G.  (1987).  Denver Developmental Screening Test.  In Reynolds, C.R., & Mann, L.  (Eds.) Encyclopedia of special education:  A reference guide for the education of the  handicapped and other exceptional children and youth. New York:  John Wiley & Sons. 

McCloskey, G.  (1987).  Hiske-Nebraska Test of Learning Aptitude.  In Reynolds, C.R., & Mann, L. (Eds.)  Encyclopedia of special education:  A reference guide for the education of the  handicapped and other exceptional children and youth. New York:  John Wiley & Sons.  

McCloskey, G.  (1987).  Leiter International Performance Scale.  In Reynolds, C.R., & Mann, L.  (Eds.) Encyclopedia of special education:  A reference guide for the education of the  handicapped and other exceptional children and youth. New York:  John Wiley & Sons.  

McCloskey, G.  (1987).  Test of Language Development.  In Reynolds, C.R., & Mann, L.  (Eds.) Encyclopedia of special education:  A reference guide for the education of the  handicapped and other exceptional children and youth. New York:  John Wiley & Sons.  

McCloskey, G.  (1987).  Wide Range Achievement Test-Revised.  In Reynolds, C.R., & Mann, L. (Eds.)  Encyclopedia of special education:  A reference guide for the education of the  handicapped and other exceptional children and youth. New York:  John Wiley & Sons.  

McCloskey, G., Kaufman, A.S., Kaufman, N.L., & McCloskey, L.K.  (1985). Clinical analysis of errors.  In A.S. Kaufman & N.L. Kaufman, Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement Comprehensive Form Manual.  Circle Pines, MN:  American Guidance Service.


Articles

Hale, J.B, McCloskey, G., et.al. (2010). Critical issues in response-to-intervention, comprehensiveevaluation, and specific learning disabilities identification and intervention: an expert white paper consensus.  Learning Disabilities Quarterly, Volume 33, Summer 2010, pages 223-236.  

McCloskey, G.  (1990).  Selecting and using early childhood rating scales.  Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 10(3), 39-63.

Elliott, S.N., Gresham, F.M., Freeman, T, & McCloskey, G.  (1988).  Teacher and observer ratings of children's social skills:  Validation of the Social Skills Rating Scales.  Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 6, 152-161. 

Herr, E.L., Good, R.H., McCloskey, G., & Weitz, A.D.  (1982).  Secondary school curriculum and career behavior in young adults.  Journal of  Vocational Behavior, 21(3).

French, J.L., & McCloskey, G.  (1980).  The training of school psychologists: Characteristics of doctoral and nondoctoral programs.  Journal of School Psychology, 18(3).

French, J.L., & McCloskey, G.  (1979).  Characteristics of school psychology program directors and program production.  American Psychologist, 34.


Assessment Materials

McCloskey, G., & McCloskey, L.K.  (2005).  Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement-Second Edition:Automated System for Scoring and Interpreting Standardized Tests (KTEA-II ASSIST). Circle Pines, MN:  American Guidance Service.

Bagnato, S. J., Neisworth, J. T., Gordon, J., & McCloskey, G.  (1990).  System to Plan Early Childhood Services (SPECS):  Program Specifications.  Circle Pines, MN:  American Guidance Service.

McCloskey, G., & McCloskey, L.K.  (1989).  Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement Automated System for Scoring and Interpreting Standardized Tests (KTEA ASSIST).  Circle Pines, MN: American Guidance Service.


Technical Reports, Letters to the Editor

McCloskey, G.  (2002).  Comments of The Psychological Corporation on the Report of the President’sCommission on Excellence in Special Education.  Submitted by Aurelio Prifitera, President.

McCloskey, G.  (2002).  Letter to the Editor, National Academy of Neuropsychologists (NAN) Newsletter.

McCloskey, G.  (2002).  WIAT-II Written Expression and performance of eight year-olds in the standardization sample.

McCloskey, G.  (2002).  Guidelines for the administration of the WIAT-II Reading Comprehension Subtest.  Technical Report distributed by The Psychological Corporation.

McCloskey, G.  (2002).  The WIAT-II Written Expression subtest age-based norms:  A discussion of important issues.  Technical Report distributed by The Psychological Corporation.

McCloskey, G.  (2002).  The WIAT-II Scoring software and Written Expression subtest age-based norms.Technical Report distributed by The Psychological Corporation.

McCloskey, G.  (2002).  Use of the WISC-III and WPPSI-R with the WIAT-II in determining ability achievement discrepancies:  A note related to the linking sample data collected during the WIAT-II standardization.  Technical Report distributed by The Psychological Corporation.

McCloskey, G.  (2001).  Letter to the Editor, Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania (ASPP) Newsletter.

McCloskey, G.  (2001).  Adjusting WIAT-II Reading Comprehension start points for weak readers.Technical Report distributed by The Psychological Corporation.

McCloskey, G.  (2001).  The WIAT-II:  Statistical significance of difference scores, and severe discrepancy ability-achievement models:  A discussion of important issues.  Technical report distributed by The Psychological Corporation.


Unpublished Manuscripts (Widely Disseminated for Professional Use by Clinicians)

McCloskey, G.  (2012).  Executive Functions:  Definition, Assessment and Intervention.

McCloskey, G.  (2011).  Assessments Used in the Identification of Learning Disabilities: SummaryTable.

McCloskey, G.  (2011).  Annotated Bibliography on Executive Functions

McCloskey, G. (2010).  Identification of Learning Disabilities in the Context of IDEA, Three Tier Delivery Systems and RTI.

McCloskey, G. (2010)  The Neuropsychology of Reading Problem Assessment and Intervention

McCloskey, G.  (2009)  Memory and Classroom Learning

McCloskey, G.  (2009)  Assessment with the PAL-II

McCloskey, G.  (2009)  Assessment with the WIAT-III

McCloskey, G.  (2008)  Assessment with the NEPSY-II

McCloskey, G.  (2008)  Assessment with the WAIS-IV

McCloskey, G.  (2007). Behavior Problems and Curricular Mismatch:  Approaches for Intervention.

McCloskey, G.  (2007).  Information Processing Model Basic Concepts.

McCloskey, G.  (2007).  Neuropsychologically-oriented Process Assessment.

McCloskey, G.  (2007).  Template for Interpreting Results of the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Functions using the McCloskey Model for Self-Regulation Executive Functions.  

McCloskey, G.  (2006).  Identification of Learning Disabilities in the Context of a Three Tier Service Delivery Model.

McCloskey, G.  (2006).  The Role of Visual Processing in Reading and Learning.

McCloskey, G.  (2006).  Suggested Psychoeducational Assessment Report Format.

McCloskey, G.  (2006, 2003).  Assessing Cognitive Processes.

McCloskey, G.  (2006).  Cognitive Constraints on Academic Skill Development and Achievement.

McCloskey, G.  (2006, 2001).  Executive functions Overview.

McCloskey, G.  (2006, 2001).  Executive functions: Behaviors and interventions

McCloskey, G.  (2006, 2001).  Executive functions and ADHD.

McCloskey, G.  (2006).  Written Expression.

McCloskey, G.  (2006).  Annotated Bibliography on Reading.

McCloskey, G.  (2005, 2003).  Practitioner’s Guide for Assessing Academic Skills at Tier III.

McCloskey, G.  (2004).  WISC-IV Integrated Case Study:  Verbal Domain.

McCloskey, G.  (2004).  WISC-IV Integrated Case Study:  Perceptual Domain.

McCloskey, G.  (2004).  WISC-IV Integrated Case Study:  Processing Speed Domain.

McCloskey, G.  (2004).  WISC-IV Integrated Case Study:  Working Memory Domain.

McCloskey, G.  (2003).  An information processing model for learning environments.

McCloskey, G.  (2003).  WISC-IV Interpretive Organizer and Interpretive Organizer Narrative.

McCloskey, G.  (2003).  WISC-IV Interpretive Cycle Narrative Explanation.

McCloskey, G.  (2003).  WISC-IV Index Score Interpretive Narrative.

McCloskey, G.  (2003).  WISC-IV Sample Report.

McCloskey, G.  (2002).  WPPSI-III Interpretive Organizer and Interpretive Organizer Narrative.

McCloskey, G.  (2002).  WPPSI-III Interpretive Cycle Narrative Explanation.

McCloskey, G.  (2002).  The role of memory processes in classroom learning and behavior:  Strategies for assessment and intervention.

McCloskey, G.  (2002).  Memory processes and learning:  A guide for teachers.

McCloskey, G.  (2002).  Memory processes and learning:  A guide for school psychologists.

McCloskey, G.  (2002).  Memory assessment quick reference guide.

McCloskey, G.  (2002).  Nonverbal learning disabilities:  Understanding basic conceptions and dealing with misconceptions.

McCloskey, G.  (2002).  Central Auditory Processing Disorder:  Issues in definition and diagnosis and implications for intervention.

McCloskey, G.  (2001).  WIAT-II:  A brief guide to administration, scoring and interpretation.

McCloskey, G.  (1999).  Suggestions for assessing reading skills.

McCloskey, G.  (1999).  Perspectives on information processing and reading instruction.

McCloskey, G.  (1998).  WISC-III Interpretive Organizer and Interpretive Organizer Narrative.

McCloskey, G.  (1998).  WISC-III Interpretive Cycle Narrative Explanation.

McCloskey, G.  (1998).  WISC-III Index Score Interpretive Narrative.

McCloskey, G.  (1998).  WISC-III as a processing instrument (WISC-III PI) sample report.

McCloskey, G.  (1997).  WAIS-III Interpretive Organizer and Interpretive Organizer Narrative.

McCloskey, G.  (1997).  WAIS-III Interpretive Cycle Narrative Explanation.

McCloskey, G.  (1997).  WAIS-III Index Score Interpretive Narrative.

McCloskey, G.  (1997).  WAIS-III Sample Report.


PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS National/Regional Professional Organization Meetings and Training Institutes (Only presentations during the period 2000 to 2011 are listed here)

July 2011. School Neuropsychology Summer Conference, Dallas TX.  Invited workshop: Assessment andIntervention for Executive Functions Difficulties

July 2011, Cape Cod Institute, Invited 5 day Workshop, Cape Cod, MA.  Assessment and Intervention for Executive Functions Difficulties of Children and Adolescents.

February 2011, National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA.  Invited Workshop, Assessment and Intervention for Executive Functions Difficulties.

February 2011, National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA.  Invited Advanced Workshop, Evidenced-based Intervention for Executive Functions Difficulties.

June 2010, Cape Cod Institute, Invited 5 day Workshop, Cape Cod, MA.  Assessment and Intervention for Executive Functions Difficulties of Children and Adolescents.

May, 2010,  Learning and the Brain National Conference, Washington, DC.  Invited Workshop, The Roles of Executive Functions in ADHD.

March, 2010, National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), Annual Convention, New York,NY.  Invited Workshop, Evidenced-based Assessment and Intervention for Executive Functions Difficulties.

March, 2010, National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), Annual Convention, Boston, MA.With Lori Lennon, Psy.D.  Mini-skills Workshop on Helping Classroom Teachers Improve Students’ Self-Regulation Skills. 

February, 2010,  Learning and the Brain National Conference, San Francisco, CA.  Invited Workshop, The Roles of Executive Functions in Intelligence.

February, 2010,  Learning and the Brain National Conference, San Francisco, CA.  Invited Workshop, The Roles of Executive Functions in Academic Achievement.

May, 2009, Learning and the Brain National Conference, Washington, D.C.  Invited Workshop, Visual Creativity and Executive Functions.

March, 2009, Society for Personality Assessment Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.  Invited Workshop, Executive Functions and Personality.

February, 2009, National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), Annual Convention, Boston, MA. With Lisa Perkins, Psy.D.  Mini-skills Workshop on Assessing Executive Functions Using the Wisconsin Card Sorting Test.

February, 2009, National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), Annual Convention, Boston, MA. With Lori Lennon, Psy.D.  Mini-skills Workshop on Using an Information Processing Framework to Improve Intervention Implementation. 

February, 2009, National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), Annual Convention, Boston, MA.  Invited Workshop, Executive Functions and Classroom Instruction.

July, 2008, National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), Summer Institute, Atlantic City, NJ Invited Workshop, Assessment of Executive Functions Use in the Home and at School.

February, 2008, National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), Miniskills Workshop on Memory and Classroom Learning, New Orleans, LA.

February, 2008, National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), Miniskills Workshop on LD Identification in Context:  IDEA, Three-tier Service Delivery Models and RTI, New Orleans, LA.

December 2007, Association of Educational Therapists Continuing Education Institute, Invited 2 Day Workshop, Neuropsychologically-oriented Process Assessment and Executive FunctionAssessment and Interventions

November 2007, Harvard Learning and the Brain Conference, Cambridge, MA.  Invited Workshop, The Role of Visual Processing in Reading and Learning.

November 2007, Harvard Learning and the Brain Conference, Invited Workshop, Cambridge, MA. The Role of Executive Functions in Classroom Learning and Behavior:  Strategies for Assessment and Intervention. 

August 2007, The Brain, Learning and Applications Summer Institute, Nashville, TN, Invited Keynote Address, The Role of Executive Functions in Learning and Production. 

August 2007, The Brain, Learning and Applications Summer Institute, Nashville, TN, Invited Workshop, Memory from a Developmental Neuropsychological Perspective:  Implications for Instruction in Regular and Special Education Classrooms.

August 2007, The Brain, Learning and Applications Summer Institute, Nashville, TN, Invited Workshop, The Role of Executive Functions in Classroom Learning and Behavior:  Strategies for Assessment and Intervention. 

July 2007, National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Summer Institute, Atlantic City,NJ.  Invited Workshop.  Response to Intervention and Progress Monitoring in the Context of Three Tier Service Delivery Models.

April 2007, Harvard Learning and the Brain Conference, Cambridge, MA.  Invited Workshop,Memory from a Developmental Neuropsychological Perspective:  Implications for Instruction in Regular and Special Education Classrooms.

April 2007, Harvard Learning and the Brain Conference, Invited Workshop, Cambridge, MA. The Role of Executive Functions in Classroom Learning and Behavior:  Strategies for Assessment and Intervention. 

March 2007, National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), New York, NY. Miniskills Workshop on Identification of Learning Disabilities within a Three Tier Service Delivery Model.

March 2007, National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), New York, NY. Miniskills Workshop on Classroom Interventions for Executive Function Difficulties, with Lisa Perkins and Bob VanDivner.

March 2007, National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), Miniskills Workshop on Interventions for Reading Problems, Anaheim, CA.

March 2007, Yale Child Study Center Conference on Response to Intervention, “Intelligent Testing,” and Specific Learning Disabilities Assessment, Invited Address, Evaluation of Processing Integrities and Deficiencies

October 2006, Association of Educational Therapists Annual Conference, Invited Panel Member and Discussant:  The Role of Executive Functions in Learning and Producing, Boston, MA.

October 2006, Association of Educational Therapists Annual Conference, Invited Workshop, The Role of Executive Functions in Learning and Behavior, Boston, MA

July 2006, Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation 10th Annual Conference on Education: Childhood Learning and the Brain, Making the Connection, Invited Address, The Role of Executive Functions in Childhood Learning and Behavior, Santa Fe, NM.

July 2006, National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), Summer Institute Invited Workshop.  Identification of Learning Disabilities in the Context of IDEA Reauthorization and Three Tier Service Delivery Models, Atlantic City, NJ.

March 2006, National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), Invited Workshop, Anaheim, CA.  Identification of Learning Disabilities in the Context of IDEA Reauthorization and Three Tier Service Delivery Models.

March 2006, National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), Miniskills Workshop on The Role of Visual Processing in Reading and Learning, Anaheim, CA.

March 2006, National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), Miniskills Workshop on Interventions for Reading Problems, Anaheim, CA.

November 2005, New York Association of School Psychologists Annual Conference, Invited Workshop,Westchester, NY.  The Role of Executive Functions in Classroom Learning and Behavior:  Strategies for Assessment and Intervention.

October 2005, Harvard Learning and the Brain Conference, Invited Workshop, Cambridge, MA.Memory from a Developmental Neuropsychological Perspective:  Implications for Instruction in Regular and Special Education Classrooms.

October 2005, Harvard Learning and the Brain Conference, Invited Workshop, Cambridge, MA.The Role of Executive Functions in Classroom Learning and Behavior:  Strategies for Assessment and Intervention.

July 2005, National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), Summer Institute Invited Workshop.  The Role of Executive Functions in Classroom Learning and Behavior: Strategies for Assessment and Intervention. 

March 2005, National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), Invited Workshop, Atlanta, GA, Neuropsychologically-oriented Process Approach to Psychoeducational Assessment and Intervention

March 2005, National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), Miniskills Workshop on The Role of Visual Processing in Reading and Learning, Atlanta, GA.

March 2005, National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), Miniskills Workshop on Using a Cognitive Neuropsychology Model to Guide Assessment and Intervention in the Schools , Atlanta, GA.

July 2004, Cape Cod Institute, Invited 5 day Workshop, Cape Cod, MA.  Process-oriented Psychoeducational Assessment Across the Life Span.

April, 2004, Eastern Psychological Association (EPA), Invited Address, Washington, DC. Cognition from the Classroom to the Boardroom:  Moving beyond “g” to more accurately characterize potential for success.  

March 2004, National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), Invited Workshop, Dallas, Texas, The Role of Executive Functions in Classroom Learning and Behavior:  Strategies for Assessment and Intervention

August, 2003, Cape Cod Institute, Invited 5 day Workshop co-presented with Edith Kaplan, Cape Cod, MA.  Neuropsychological Assessment:  Differential Diagnosis.

March 2003, National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), Invited Workshop, Toronto, Ontario, The Role of Executive Functions in Classroom Learning and Behavior:  Strategies for Assessment and Intervention 

July, 2002, Cape Cod Institute, Invited 5 day Workshop co-presented with Edith Kaplan, Cape Cod, MA.  Neuropsychological Assessment:  Differential Diagnosis.

February 2002, National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), Invited Workshop, Chicago, Illinois, A Process Approach to Interpretation of the WISC-III with Special Focus on Executive Functions

February 2002, National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), Mini Skills Workshop on Memory Process Assessment and Intervention, Chicago, Illinois.

February 2002, National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), Mini Skills Workshop on Nonverbal Learning Disabilities, Chicago, Illinois.

April 2001, National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), Invited Workshop, Washington, D.C., The WISC-III as a Processing Instrument

April 2001, National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), Mini Skills Workshop on Reading Assessment and Intervention, Washington, DC.

April 2001, National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), Mini Skills Workshop on Executive Functions Assessment and Intervention, Washington, DC.  


International Professional Organizations/Meetings(Only presentations during the period 2000 to 2010 are listed here)

August, 2010, The Brain, Learning and Applications International Institute, Hamilton, Ontario, Invited Keynote Address, The Role of Executive Functions in Learning and Production.

August, 2010, The Brain, Learning and Applications International Institute, Hamilton, Ontario,Invited Workshop, The Role of Executive Functions in Classroom Learning and Production.

August, 2010, The Brain, Learning and Applications International Institute, Hamilton, Ontario, Invited Workshop, The Role of Visual Processes in Reading and Learning.

August, 2010, The Brain, Learning and Applications International Institute, Hamilton, Ontario, Invited Workshop, A Neuropsychological Perspective on Memory and Classroom Learning.

May, 2010, Learning Disabilities Association of Nova Scotia Annual Conference.  Invited Workshop, The Role of Executive Functions in Classroom Learning and Production.

April, 2008, The Brain, Learning and Applications International Institute, Frankfurt, Germany, Invited Keynote Address, The Role of Executive Functions in Learning and Production.

April, 2008, The Brain, Learning and Applications International Institute, Frankfurt, Germany, Invited Workshop, Executive Functions and Classroom Learning and Production.

April, 2008, The Brain, Learning and Applications International Institute, Frankfurt, Germany, Invited Workshop, The Neuropsychology of Visual Processes as Used in Reading and Learning.

April, 2008, The Brain, Learning and Applications International Institute, Frankfurt, Germany, Invited Workshop, The Neuropsychology of Memory and Classroom Learning.

August 2006.  Canadian Psychological Association Third Annual Continuing Education Summer Institute, Ottawa, Ontario.  Invited Workshop, Executive Functions:  Definition, Assessment and Intervention.

April 2006, Toronto Publilc Schools, Toronto, Ontario.  Invited Workshop for School Psychologists and Speech Therapists, The Role of Executive Functions in Language Production.

November 2005, Saskatchewan Educational Psychological Association, Two-day Invited Workshop, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  The Role of Executive Functions in Classroom Learning and Behavior:  Strategies for Assessment and Intervention.

February 2005, Psychological Association of Alberta, Invited Workshop, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Advanced Interpretation of the WISC-IV Integrated.

November 2004, York County Public Schools, Invited Workshop, Toronto, Ontario.  The Role of Executive Functions in Classroom Learning and Behavior:  Strategies for Assessment and Intervention.

October 2004, Manitoba Association of School Psychologists, Invited Workshop, Winnepeg, Manitoba, Canada, The Role of Executive Functions in Classroom Learning and Behavior: Strategies for Assessment and Intervention.

May 2004, Toronto Area School Psychologists, Invited Workshop, Toronto, Ontario.  Advanced Interpretation of the WISC-IV Integrated.


State Professional Organization Meetings(Only presentations during the period 2000 to 2012 are listed here)

March 2012.  New York Branch, International Dyslexia Association. Philadelphia, PA.  Invited workshop: The role of executive functions in reading.

October 2011.  New York Association of School Psychologists Annual Conference.  Invited panel discussion: Best practices for the identification of learning disabilities.

October,  2011.  New York Association of School Psychologists.  Invited presentation:  Advances in neuropsychologically-oriented assessment practices.

October, 2011, Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania. Workshop presentation:Learning Disabilities Identification in Context:  Idea, Three Service Delivery Models and RTI.

October 2011.  Pennsylvania Branch, International Dyslexia Association. Malvern, PA.  Invited workshop: The role of executive functions in reading.

August, 2011. Florida Association of School Psychologists Summer Institute, Miami, FL.Invited workshop: Assessment and Intervention for Executive Functions Difficulties.

August, 2011. Florida Association of School Psychologists Summer Institute, Miami, FL.  Invited workshop: Assessment and Intervention for Executive Functions Difficulties.

April, 2011.  Oregon Association of School Psychologists.  Invited panel discussion:  Best practices for the identification of learning disabilities.

April, 2011.  Oregon Association of School Psychologists.  Invited presentation:  Executive Functions and Academic Production.

November, 2010.  Florida Association of School Psychologists Annual conference, Miami, FL. Invited workshop:  Assessment and Intervention for Executive Functions Difficulties.

October 2010.  Pennsylvania Branch, International Dyslexia Association. Philadelphia, PA.  Invited workshop: The role of executive functions in reading.

October 2010, Wisconsin Association of School Psychologists Annual Conference, Lake Geneva, WI. Pre-convention invited workshop:  Assessment and Intervention for Executive Function Difficulties.

October 2010, Wisconsin Association of School Psychologists Annual Conference, Lake Geneva, WI.Invited keynote:  Executive functions:  The key to educational attainment (and everything else?)

October 2010, Wisconsin Association of School Psychologists Annual Conference, Lake Geneva, WI. Invited workshop:  Interventions for executive function difficulties, Part 1.

October 2010, Wisconsin Association of School Psychologists Annual Conference, Lake Geneva, WI. Invited workshop:  Interventions for executive function difficulties, Part 2.

October, 2010, Michigan Association of School Psychologists Annual Conference, East Lansing, MI. Invited workshop.  Assessment and Intervention for Executive Functions Difficulties.

October, 2010, Indiana Association of School Psychologists Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN. Invited workshop.  Assessment and Intervention for Executive Functions Difficulties.

October, 2010.  Montana Association of School Psychologists.  Invited Workshop.  Advanced interpretation of the WAIS-IV and WIAT-III.

October, 2010, Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania. Workshop presentation: The role of executive functions in academic production.

October, 2010, Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania. With James Whitaker. Workshop presentation:  Advances in neuropsychologically-oriented assessment practices.

October, 2009, Montana Association of School Psychologists Annual Conference, Bozeman, MT. Invited 2-day workshop on Assessment and Intervention for Executive Function Difficulties

October, 2009, New York Association of School Psychologists Annual Conference, Westchester, NY.  Invited Workshop, Assessment and Intervention for Reading Problems.  

September, 2009, Maryland Psychological Association, Columbia, MD. Invited Workshop, WAIS-IV Advanced Interpretation Issues.

June, 2009, Maryland Psychological Association, Columbia, MD. Invited Workshop, NEPSY-II Interpretation.

March, 2009, Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Exton, PA. Invited Continuing Education Workshop, WAIS-IV Interpretation.

November, 2008, Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Exton, PA. Invited Continuing Education Workshop, WAIS-IV Interpretation.

November, 2008, New York Association of School Psychologists Annual Conference, Rochester, NY.Invited Workshop, Assessment and Intervention for Reading Problems. 

October, 2008, Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Pittsburgh, PA. Invited Continuing Education Workshop, WAIS-IV Interpretation.

October, 2008, Virginia Psychological Association Annual Conference, Virginia Beach, VA. Invited Workshop, WAIS-IV Interpretation.

September, 2008, Maryland Psychological Association, Rockville, MD. Invited Workshop,  WAIS-IV Interpretation.

April, 2008, New Jersey Association of Learning Consultants Spring Conference, New Brunswick, NJ.  Invited Workshop, Response The role of executive functions in Learning and Behavior: Strategies for Assessment and Intervention.

April, 2008, New Jersey Speech-Language and Hearing Association, Annual Conference, Atlantic City, NJ.  Invited Workshop, The role of executive functions in Learning and Behavior: Strategies for Assessment and Intervention.

March 2008, New York Branch – International Dyslexia Association Annual Conference, New York, NY.  Invited Workshop, The role of executive functions in reading.

October 2007, New Jersey Association of Learning Consultants Annual Conference, Morristown,NJ.  Invited Workshop, Response to Intervention, Progress Monitoring and Identification of Learning Disabilities in the Context of a Three Tier Delivery System.

October 2007, Seton Hall University Annual School Psychology Conference, East Orange, NJ. Invited Workshop, The Role of Executive Functions in Classroom Learning and Behavior: Strategies for Intervention.

October 2007, Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania, State College, PA.  Invited Workshop, Behavior Problems and Curricular Mismatch:  Strategies for Intervention.

March 2007, Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Harrisburg, PA.  Invited Workshop, Assessing for Learning Disabilities in Adults.

March 2007, New York Branch – International Dyslexia Association Annual Conference, New York, NY.  Invited Workshop, The Role of Executive Functions in Reading.

February 2007, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, School Law Conference, New Brunswick, NJ.  Invited Address, Identification of Learning Disabilities, Response to Intervention and Progress Monitoring.

December 2006, New Jersey Association of School Psychologists, Jamestown, NJ.  Invited Workshop, Strategies for Improving Psychoeducational Report Writing

November 2006, Ohio School Psychology Association, Columbus, Ohio.  Invited Workshop, The Role of Executive Functions in Classroom Learning and Behavior:  Strategies for Assessment and Intervention.

October 2006, Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania, State College, PA.  Invited Workshop, The Role of Executive Functions in Classroom Learning and Behavior:  Strategies for Intervention.

September 2006, Maryland Psychological Association, Columbia, MD. Invited Workshop, Advanced Interpretation of the WAIS-III.  

February 2006, Illinois School Psychology Association, Chicago, IL. Invited Workshop, The Role of Visual Processing in Learning and Reading.

December 2005, New Jersey Association of School Psychologists, Invited Workshop, Jamestown, NJ.  The Role of Visual Processing in Learning and Reading.

November 2005, New York Association of School Psychologists, Invited Workshop, White Plains, NY. The Role of Executive Functions in Classroom Learning and Behavior:  Strategies for Assessment and Intervention.

March 2005, Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Invited Workshop.  Lancaster, PA. WISC-IV Integrated Advanced Interpretation.

March 2005, Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Invited Workshop.  Lancaster, PA. Improving Psychoeducational Report Writing.

November 2004, Texas Association of School Psychologists, Invited Workshop. San Antonio, TX.A Neuropsychologically-Oriented Process Approach to Psychoeducational Assessment.

October 2004, Montana Association of School Psychologists, Two Day Invited Workshop.Bozeman, MT.  Role of Executive Functions in Classroom Learning and Performance and Advanced Interpretation of the WISC-IV Integrated.

May 2004, Maryland Psychological Association, Invited Workshop.  Columbia, MD.  Advanced Interpretation of the WISC-IV Integrated.

March, 2004, Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Invited Workshop, Lancaster, PA. WISC-IV and WISC-IV Integrated:  Use and Interpretation.

November, 2003, Colorado Association of School Psychologists, Invited Workshop.  Aspen, CO.Introduction to the WISC-IV and WISC-IV Integrated.

November, 2003, Colorado Association of School Psychologists, Invited Workshop.  Aspen, CO.The Role of Executive Functions in Classroom Learning and Behavior:  Strategies for Assessment and Intervention

November, 2003, Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Invited Workshop, Pittsburgh, PA. WISC-IV and WISC-IV Integrated:  Use and Interpretation.

October, 2003, Idaho School Psychology Association, Invited Keynote Address, Boise, Idaho. Moving from Intellectual Assessment to Cognitive Assessment.

October, 2003, Virginia Psychological Association, Invited Workshop, Charlottesville, VA. WISC-IV and WISC-IV Integrated:  Use and Interpretation.

September, 2003, Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania (ASPP), Invited Workshop, Grove City, PA.  Assessment and Intervention for Memory Problems.

September, 2003, Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania (ASPP), Invited Workshop, Reading, PA.  Assessment and Intervention for Memory Problems.

August, 2003, Wyoming School Psychology Association, Invited 3 Day Workshop, Jackson Hole, WY.  Process-oriented Assessment for School Psychologists.

May, 2003, Wisconsin School Psychology Association, Invited Workshop.  Introduction to the WISC-IV and WISC-IV Integrated.

March, 2003, Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Invited Workshop, Lancaster, PA. Process-oriented assessment with the Wechsler Scales.

March, 2003, Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Invited Workshop, Lancaster, PA. Central Auditory Processing Disorder: Issues in Definition and Diagnosis and Implications for Intervention.

February, 2003, Illinois School Psychology Association, Invited Workshop:  The Role of Executive Functions in Classroom Learning and Behavior:  Strategies for Assessment and Intervention. 

November, 2002, Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania (ASPP), Invited Workshop, New Oxford, PA.  The Role of Executive Functions in Classroom Learning and Behavior:  Strategies for Assessment and Intervention. 

October, 2002, Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Invited Workshop, Lancaster, PA. Nonverbal learning disabilities:  Understanding basic conceptions and dealing with misconceptions.

October, 2002, New York Association of School Psychologists, Invited Workshop, Rochester, NY.The Role of Executive Functions in Classroom Learning and Behavior:  Strategies for Assessment and Intervention. 

October, 2002, Virginia Psychological Association. Invited Workshop, Richmond, VA.Introduction to the WPPSI-III.

September, 2002, Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania (ASPP), Invited Workshop, Grove City, PA.  The Role of Executive Functions in Classroom Learning and Behavior: Strategies for Assessment and Intervention.

September, 2002, Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania (ASPP), Invited Workshop, Reading, PA.  The Role of Executive Functions in Classroom Learning and Behavior: Strategies for Assessment and Intervention. 

June, 2002, Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Invited Workshop, Lancaster, PA.  Process-oriented assessment with the Wechsler Scales.

June, 2002, Maryland Psychological Association, Invited 2 day Workshop co-presented with Edith Kaplan, Ph.D., Annapolis, MD.  A Process-oriented Approach to Neurospychological Assessment of Cognitive Functions.

March, 2002, Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Invited Workshop, Monroeville, PA. The Role of Executive Functions in Classroom Learning and Behavior: Strategies for Assessment and Intervention.

March, 2002, Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Invited Workshop, Monroeville, PA.  The Neuropsychology of Reading:  Implications for Assessment and Intervention.

November, 2001, New York Association of School Psychologists, Invited Workshop, Westchester,NY.  The Neuropsychology of Reading:  Implications for Assessment and Intervention.

November, 2001, New York Association of School Psychologists, Invited Workshop, Westchester,NY.  A Process-oriented Approach to Interpretation of the DAS.

October, 2001, Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Invited Workshop, Exton, PA.  The Role of Executive Functions in Classroom Learning and Behavior: Strategies for Assessment nd Intervention. 

October, 2001, Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania (ASPP), Invited Workshop, ew Oxford, PA.  The Neuropsychology of Reading:  Implications for Assessment and Intervention.

October, 2001, Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania (ASPP), Invited Workshop,Grove City, PA.  The Neuropsychology of Reading:  Implications for Assessment and Intervention.

October, 2001, Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania (ASPP), Invited Workshop, Reading, PA.  The Neuropsychology of Reading:  Implications for Assessment and Intervention.

September, 2001, Rhode Island Association of School Psychologists, Invited Workshop.  Kingston, RI.  A Process Approach to the Interpretation of the WISC-III and Executive Functions.

May 2001, Massachusetts Psychological Association, Invited Workshop, Worchester, MA.The Role of Executive Functions in Classroom Learning and Behavior: Strategies for Assessment and Intervention. 

April, 2001, Association of Special Education Administrators, Invited Workshop, Albany, NY.Assessment and Intervention for Reading Problems.

March 2001, Massachusetts Psychological Association, Invited Workshop, Plymouth, MA.The Neuropsychology of Reading:  Implications for Assessment and Intervention.

March, 2001, New Jersey Neuropsychological Society, Invited Workshop, Orange, NJ.The Kaplan-Baycrest Neuropsychological Assessment.

March, 2001, Michigan Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), Invited Workshop, Grand Rapids,MI, Assessment and Intervention for Reading Problems.


Psychological and Educational Assessment Development Activities Pearson Assessments 

2008 – Consultant for Agora:  The Marketplace of Ideas.  Applying Response to Intervention (RTI) and Comprehensive Assessment for the Identification of Specific Learning Disabilities. DVD-based Educational Program published in 2008.

2005 - Authored the Error Analysis section of the KTEA-II Assist; prepared and presented the Error Analysis training for the KTEA-II Administration and Scoring DVD


American Guidance Service (now Pearson Assessment)

While working as a research associate and then Associate Director, Dr. McCloskey oversaw the development of 13 assessment products over the course of only 5 years, a rate of productivity never previously attained, and as yet unmatched, in the field of test development.  This was accomplished with a staff that varied in size from 1 to 3 research associates, 2 to 4 editors, 1-3 data analysts, 2 test site coordinators, and 4-8 clerical staff, which amounted to a development staff less than 1/3rd to 1/5th the size of larger competitors who produced far fewer products in that same time frame.

The following is a list of the test products and publications worked on from 1984-1991

Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement

Clinical and Research Applications of the K-ABC

AGS Early Screening Profiles (ESP)

KTEA ASSIST Scoring Software

System for Planning Early Childhood Services (SPECS)

Social Skills Rating System (SSRS)

SSRS ASSIST Scoring Software

Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test (K-BIT)

Behavior Assessment System for Children (BASC)

BASC Scoring Software

Kaufman Survey of Early Academic and Language Skills (K-SEALS)

Multidimensional Self-Concept Scale (MSCS)

Kaufman Adolescent and Adult Intelligence Test (KAIT) 

Kaufman Functional Academic Skills Test (K-FAST)

Kaufman Short Neuropsychological Assessment Procedure (K-SNAP)

Oral and Written Language Scales (OWLS)

Comprehensive Assessment of Language (CASL)


The following product was worked on in 2005:

Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement-Second Edition


The Psychological Corporation (now Pearson Assessment)

The following is a list of published test products Dr. McCloskey helped to develop or consulted on the development of from 1993-2004

WISC-III Writer –Scoring and Report Writing Software

Bayley Scales of Infant Development Second Edition Interpretive materials

Wechsler Adult Intelligence Test-Third Edition (WAIS-III)

Wechsler Memory Scales-Third Edition (WMS-III)

NEPSY:  A Developmental Neuropsychological Assessment

NEPSY Scoring Software

Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-third Edition as a Processing Instrument WISC-III PI

Wechsler Individual Achievement Test-Second Edition WIAT-II

Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence-Third Edition WPPSI-III

Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-Fourth Edition WISC-IV

WISC-IV Integrated


The following is a list of test products in development that Dr. McCloskey helped to develop as Senior Research Director from 2001-2004

NEPSY-II

Adolescent Neuropsychological Assessment Battery

Working Memory Test Battery for Children (U.S. Edition)

Wechsler Nonverbal Intelligence Test


Last Updated: 9/29/14