Cultural Linguistic Webinar Series

Cultural and Linguistic Considerations When Developing, Adapting, and Validating Measures


Professional standards and guidelines encourage the consideration and inclusion of individuals from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds in all aspects of testing.  However, meeting this goal presents many unique challenges. When these recommendations are unaddressed or do not incorporate methodologies promulgated in the literature, erroneous interpretation and uses can occur. To encourage the practice of standards-aligned methodologies and processes, this series will highlight the expertise of an interdisciplinary group of scholar-practitioners engaged in this work.  These presenters will share empirically based recommendations; best practice examples; and case studies that will assist in the development, adaptation, and validation of measures used with individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse groups. 


Test Developers, Measurement Professionals, Researchers and Consultants

registration information

Individual registrations provide access for one individual to attend a webinar.

Group registrations provide access for all individuals affiliated with a graduate program or other organization to attend a webinar collectively via a single login. APA CE and NASP CPD credit are not available for group registrations.

  • Group registration (Graduate Programs): $125 for first webinar and $75 for subsequent webinars. Click here to register.
  • Group registration (Other Organizations): $200 for first webinar and $125 for subsequent webinars. Click here to register.

Questions and/or special requests: Dr. Jessica L. Jonson

Presenters & Topics

Five speakers will present webinars in our newest series. Click on the presenter's name for abstract, learning objectives, and presenter bio. Archived recordings of webinar presentations will be available for purchase on Buros video library.

Samuel O. Ortiz class=

Samuel O. Ortiz, Ph.D.

St. John's University

The Culture-Language Interpretive Matrix and English Learners: An Evidence-Based Application of Research into Practice

September 10, 2019 (Tuesday)
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CDT
Guillermo Solano-Flores class=

Solano-Flores, Ph.D.

Stanford University

Developing Methodologies for the Fair Testing of Linguistically Diverse Populations: Problems and Solutions 

September 24, 2019 (Tuesday)
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CDT

Joseph A. Rios

Joseph A. Rios, Ph.D.

University of Minnesota

Translating/Adapting Tests to Increase Fairness for Linguistic Minority Examinees: Best Practice Recommendations for Test Development and Validity Efforts

October 1, 2019 (Tuesday)
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CDT

Rebecca Weiss

Rebecca Weiss, Ph.D.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Using Interpreters in Psychological Assessments

October 24, 2019 (Thursday)
12:00 p.m.- 1:30 p.m. CDT

James Allen

James Allen, Ph.D.

University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus

Development of Culturally Grounded Measures: Case Studies from an Indigenous Youth Suicide Prevention Effort

November 1, 2019 (Friday)
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CDT
*Please note the change to this webinar date.