Basics of Psychological Assessment

Dr. Jon Goodwin defines psychological assessment, explains the various types, and discusses who usually performs them and how they are used.


Jon Goodwin, PhD

National Register Credentialed Since 2018

Jon Goodwin, PhD, is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the Roy J. and Lucille Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa. He is a licensed psychologist with a clinical focus on children and adolescents. Jon earned his doctorate degree from the University of Iowa in 2017, and he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development in 2018. Prior to his current appointment, Jon held a visiting faculty appointment in the Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations at the University of Iowa, where he taught courses on developmental psychopathology and individual intelligence testing for the Counseling Psychology PhD program. His clinical interests include the assessment and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., attention, learning, and/or autism spectrum disorders) in children and adolescents with average to above average cognitive ability.

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This podcast—moderated by Dr. Daniel Elchert—is part of a series that covers topics of interest for consumers who would like to learn more about psychology. These episodes are intended for general information and discussion purposes only and do not provide formal recommendations or clinical advice. Please consult with a licensed professional for your mental health concerns.

Dr. Elchert recently completed his doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Iowa, where he also earned a master’s degree in educational measurement and statistics. He completed an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at Michigan State University and currently lives in the Washington, DC, area.