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Kevin McGrew, PhD – Professional Sponsor

Kevin McGrew, Phd
Director, Institute for Applied Psychometrics (IAP)

Dr. Kevin McGrew is the owner and Director of the Institute for Applied Psychometrics (IAP) and a Visiting Professor in Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota. He received his BA in Psychology (1974) and MS in School Psychology (1975) from Moorhead State University, Moorhead, MN. He received his doctorate in Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota in 1989.

McGrew has 12 years of experience as a practicing school psychologist in Iowa and Minnesota. He subsequently was a Professor in Applied Psychology (teaching educational psychology courses) at St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN. He previously served as the Research Director for the Woodcock-Muñoz Foundation and as Associate Director for Measurement Learning Consultants. He is currently serving as an intelligence theory and testing consultant to two major international test development projects. He serves in this capacity (2014-2017) to the Dharma Bermakna Foundation and the Universatas Gadjah Mada for the Indonesian AJT Cognitive Assessment Development Project and to the Ayrton Senna Institute (Instituto Ayrton Senna; 2016-2017) for a large group assessment project. He has served as a consultant to several psychological test publishers. He has also been a measurement and research consultant or advisory board member for several national research studies and organizations. He currently is a research consultant for Interactive Metronome, a private neurotechnology company. Since 2009 McGrew has served as a consulting expert, via declarations or testimony, to the courts regarding the measurement of intelligence and psychometric issues relevant to intellectual assessment in death penalty cases (capital punishment cases involving individuals with intellectual disabilities).

McGrew’s research interests include: (a) theories and measurement of human intelligence, personal competence and adaptive behavior, (b) the application of psychological and educational measurement principles and techniques to the development and interpretation of psychological and educational assessment instruments, (c) the Cattell-Horn-Carroll (CHC) Theory of Cognitive Abilities, (d) narrowing the theory-practice gap in educational and psychological assessment, (c) the influence of non-cognitive (conative) characteristics on learning and human performance, (d) psychological assessment practices in the identification and classification of individuals with intellectual and learning disabilities and other exceptionalities, and (e) the application of emerging neurotechnologies to learning and cognitive performance.

McGrew has authored over 80 professional journal articles and book chapters, four professional books on intelligence test interpretation, six norm-referenced intelligence, achievement, and special purpose psychological test batteries, and over 40 technical (grant) and special publications and reports. McGrew is a frequently requested speaker and has conducted numerous state, national and international presentations or workshops.

McGrew was the primary measurement consultant for the Woodcock-Johnson Psychoeducational Battery—Revised and served in the same capacity as coauthor of the Woodcock-McGrew-Werder Mini-Battery of Achievement, Sharpe-McNear-McGrew Braille Assessment Inventory, Woodcock-Johnson Battery—III, Woodcock-Johnson Diagnostic Supplement, Batería III Woodcock-Muñoz, Woodcock-Johnson III Normative Update, Woodcock-Johnson III—Australian Adaptation, and the Woodcock-Johnson IV. He was the psychometric and statistical consultant for the development of the Children’s Psychological Processes Scale.