American Statistical Association
New York City
Metropolitan Area Chapter

New York State Psychiatric Institute
at Columbia University Medical Center
Biostatistics Seminar



John Rust, Ph.D.
The Psychometrics Centre
University of Cambridge


Psychometrics is arguably the most import field of applied psychology. All of us have taken tests at one time or another and the results are a major influence on the course of our lives. I will trace the evolution of the science from ancient China C. 1000 BC to the age of Internet testing, noting hazards and successes along the way.

Biographical Note

Dr John Rust is Director of The Psychometrics Centre at the University of Cambridge ( He has a very broad interest in all aspects of both pure and applied psychometrics, whether it academic research or challenging business applications. His work ranges from the investigation of advanced statistical and computational techniques for use in test development, to the UK standardizations of widely used psychometric tests such as the Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal (WG-CTA), the NEO PI-R, the Wechsler scales of children’s intelligence (WISC-IV, WPPSI-III, WIAT-II), The Movement Assessment Battery for Children (MABC-II), the Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals (CELF-IV and CELF Preschool-II), and the Ravens Progressive Matrices (CPM and SPM+). He has authored several well-known tests, including Orpheus, a work based personality test, Giotto, an integrity test, ANRA, a test of numerical reasoning ability, and the RISC, an assessment of clinical state.

Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 P.M.
Location: New York State Psychiatric Institute
1051 Riverside Drive
6th Floor Multipurpose Room (6602)
New York, New York


Coffee: 2:45 to 3:00 P.M.
Reception: 4:00 to 4:30 P.M.

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