Ryan Farmer

Dr. Ryan FarmerTitle

An Empirical and Ethical Lens on Remote Administration of Standardized Tests

October 13, 2021 (Wednesday), 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. CDT


Interest and use of teleassessment for ability tests (e.g., cognitive tests) have increased dramatically during the past few years, with considerable attention given to remote administration during the COVID-19 Pandemic. This session explores the available evidence for the use of digital and remote ability measures, potential issues regarding the validity of those measures, and implications for psychologists engaging in direct service provision. Specifically, the discussion will focus on types of construct-irrelevant influences, with emphasis on those unique to remote assessment, and offer strategies to mitigate them. Finally, this session will be grounded in terms of ethical principles for psychological service provision.


Dr. Ryan Farmer is an assistant professor of school psychology at Oklahoma State University. He received his doctorate in School Psychology at The University of Memphis in 2015, and completed his predoctoral and postdoctoral training at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Farmer is a Research Associate with the Center for Family Resilience and serves as on the editorial boards for the Journal of School Psychology and School Psychology Review. His research interests include assessment science as well as meta-practice and science issues in school psychology.

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  1. Become familiar with the status, strengths, and limitations of evidence regarding remote ability testing

  2. Learn to differentiate types of construct-irrelevant influences, including those unique to teleassessment

  3. Consider teleassessment through an ethical lens and become familiar with the intersection between ethics and evidence for practice