January 8, 2010

Development of New PsycTESTS Tests and Measures Database

APA announces it has begun development of a new research database for tests and measures to be titled PsycTESTS.

Washington, DC—APA announced it has begun development of a new research database for tests and measures to be titled PsycTESTS.

With an expected debut in the second half of 2010, the new database will differ from currently available resources, serving as a repository for the full text of unpublished test and measures. PsycTESTS is expected to significantly reduce the incidence of researchers and students recreating tests (and thus duplicating work) when they cannot find one that suits their research.

Psychologists have hailed the development of the new database, saying it will advance the field significantly for all professionals regardless of their specialty. Other important features of the database will include information about the availability of reliability and validity data for each test, links to source documents in PsycINFO and PsycEXTRA, links to other records related to each test and to other related research, and much more.

"Because it will make analysis of research results among various experiments much easier, over time data sets will become more useful as a direct result. We are very pleased to be introducing such a monumental tool to the field," states Gary R. VandenBos, PhD, APA Publisher.

PsycTESTS will build on other APA initiatives such as the APA Testing Office's extensive web site on tests, built by working closely with several standards groups, and APA's information for the public on testing issues.

One of the inspirations for the database was the Directory of Unpublished Experimental Mental Measures, edited by Bert A. Goldman and David F. Mitchell. The contents of the 9 volumes, currently only available from APA Books in print, will be included among the electronic records.

The tool will also feature historic documents from the Archives of the History of American Psychology at the University of Akron.

The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States and is the world's largest association of psychologists. APA's membership includes more than 150,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance psychology as a science, as a profession, and as a means of promoting health, education, and human welfare.