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Virginia Brabender Publishes Resource for Psychological Assessment

Dr. Virginia Brabender

Dr. Virginia Brabender, a professor in the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University, recently co-edited Handbook of Gender and Sexuality in Psychological Assessment, an aid that will provide a more detailed understanding of how gender and sexuality shape experiences.

Released on February 18, the Handbook of Gender and Sexuality in Psychological Assessment, was edited with Joni Mihura, an associate professor in psychology at the University of Toledo. The Handbook of Gender and Sexuality in Psychological Assessment is also an informative resource for researchers who want to identify important areas of investigation at the intersection of psychological assessment with gender and sexuality.

“Psychological assessment provides critical information to planning interventions to both treat psychological problems and assist individuals in living more fully,” Brabender said. “This handbook serves as a guideline to help increase the skillset of assessors in the realm of gender and sexuality so they can provide proper interventions.”

Brabender’s involvement with assessment in the practice and science of psychology has been prominent during her time as a professor. Her scholarship has been in the areas of psychological assessment, group psychotherapy, as well as ethical and training issues for psychologists. The importance of assessment is demonstrated in specialized areas like forensic, neuropsychological, and psycho-educational applications, all which Widener offers to its students in the doctor of psychology program that Brabender teaches in.

The handbook is divided into six sections: gender and sexuality are discussed in their relation to different psychological methods of assessment; various psychological disorders; special considerations for children, adolescents, and older adults; important training and ethical considerations; as well as several in-depth case discussions.

Brabender is on the editorial board of the Journal for Personality Assessment and a past president of the Society for Personality Assessment and Section IX (Assessment Psychology) of the Society of Clinical Psychology. She was also the co-winner of the 1994 Walter G. Klopfer Award Distinguished Contribution to the Literature in Personality Assessment Society for Personality Assessment in collaboration with Psychological Assessment Resources, Inc.

Mihura also teaches personality assessment and supervises an advanced assessment practicum. She currently serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Personality Assessment and Rorschachiana and is one of the developers of a new Rorschach system – the Rorschach Performance Assessment System.

The text was published by Routledge and is available on

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