Meet Alan and Nadeen Kaufman




Alan S. Kaufman, PhD, and Nadeen L. Kaufman, EdD
, have been at Yale Child Study Center at the Yale School of Medicine since 1997; Dr. Alan Kaufman serves as clinical professor of psychology and Dr. Nadeen Kaufman as lecturer. Together they offer expertise in psychometrics, test construction, clinical assessment, and clinical practice.

A student of Robert L. Thorndike at Columbia University, Dr. Alan Kaufman served a clinical apprenticeship with David Wechsler and Dorothea McCarthy while employed from 1968 to 1974 as assistant director of test research and supervisor of statistics in the test division of The Psychological Corporation. He helped develop the McCarthy Scales and Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children—Revised (WISC-R) and supervised standardization of both tests.

Dr. Nadeen Kaufman, who earned graduate degrees in psychology, reading and learning disabilities, and special education (neuroscience) from Columbia University, has been a teacher of children with learning disabilities, school psychologist, learning disabilities specialist, university professor, and founder/director of several psychoeducational clinics. She was also a direct participant in the development and standardization of the McCarthy Scales and WISC-R.

While at the University of Georgia in the late 1970s, Drs. Alan and Nadeen Kaufman supervised a research team that developed the original Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children (K-ABC); several individuals—who went on to become international leaders in assessment—participated in this project, including Bruce Bracken, Patti Harrison, Randy Kamphaus, Jack Naglieri, and Cecil Reynolds.

In addition to the K-ABC—which has been translated, adapted, and standardized in more than 15 countries—the Kaufmans have developed a variety of other psychological and educational tests published by Pearson, including the Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement (K-TEA), the Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test (K-BIT), and the second editions of all three tests (KABC-II, KTEA-II, and KBIT-2). In 2007 they published the Kaufman Computerized Lexis, Attention, Sequentials, Simultaneous, Concepts (K-CLASSIC) a computerized test of cognitive abilities and attention for Les Editions du Centre de Psychologie Appliquée (ECPA).

Dr. Alan Kaufman has published 18 books and more than 200 articles, reviews, and chapters in professional journals and books in the fields of school psychology, special education, clinical psychology, neuropsychology, and educational psychology. Among his books are Intelligent Testing With the WISC-R, Intelligent Testing With the WISC-III, Assessing Adolescent and Adult Intelligence, Third Edition, 2006 (with Elizabeth Lichtenberger), and several that he has co-authored for Wiley’s Essentials of Assessment series, such as Essential of WISC-IV Assessment 2004 with Dawn Flanagan. Dr. Alan Kaufman and Dr. Nadeen Kaufman co-edit this series and are co-founding editors of two other Wiley series, Essentials of Mental Health Practice and Essentials of Behavioral Science.

Dr. Nadeen Kaufman has co-authored numerous books, including Clinical Evaluation of Young Children With the McCarthy Scales, Essentials of Assessment Report Writing, and Essentials of KABC-II Assessment she also co-edited Specific Learning Disabilities and Difficulties in Children and Adolescents. In addition, many of her case reports have been published in a variety of books. In 2006 Dr. Nadeen Kaufman co-edited, with Nancy Mather, at two-part article in Psychology in the Schools devoted to IDEA 2004 and SLD identification: “Integration of Cognitive Assessment and Response to Intervention.”

Dr. Alan Kaufman is a Fellow of four divisions of APA and of the American Psychological Society and is a recipient of several awards, including APA’s Senior Scientist Award from Division 16 and is a former associated editor of School Psychology Review.






Flanagan, D. P., Kaufman, A. S., Kaufman, N. L., & Lichtenberger, E. O. (2008). Agora: 
    The Marketplace of Ideas--Best Practices: Applying Response to Intervention (RTI) 
    and Comprehensive Assessment for the Identification of Specific Learning Disabilities. 
    Minneapolis, MN: NCS Pearson, Inc.