Examining the Diagnostic Accuracy of Direct Attention Measures

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 1,5
  • Skill Level: Advanced
  • Session 6: Recent Developments in Assessment and Research

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. gain an understanding of direct attention assessment batteries and how they are used in the evaluation of ADHD.
  2. explore the concurrent validity and diagnostic accuracy of two widely utilized direct measures in ADHD assessment.
  3. form an understanding of the construct attention as a multifaceted cognitive process.


It is considered best practice to use a multidimensional approach when assessing the symptomology of ADHD. Evaluating the sensitivity and specificity of attention measures is also important when selecting an assessment battery for ADHD evaluations. This study sought to investigate the concurrent validity and diagnostic accuracy of two well-known direct attention measures, Conners Continuous Performance Test Third-Edition (CPT3; Conners, 2014) and Wide Range Assessment of Memory and Learning, Second-Edition (WRAML2; Sheslow & Adams, 2003).



Rebecca Bosley, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Regan M. Chalk, Indiana University of Pennsylvania


Jenna M. Hennessey, Mark McGowan, PhD


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