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Past conferences

The EAPA has biennial conference consisting of symposia covering the various topics of interest to the Association, paper presentations, poster-sessions, invited lectures, and other forms of exchange that may be fruitful to the proliferation of psychological assessment as a profession and as a science. At each conference, agreements are made on the location and the organizational responsibilities of future conferences.

Following is a list of past conferences:

2017, Lisbon

Our 14th biannual conference was held in Lisbon from 5th to 8th of July 2017.

2015, Zurich

The 2015 EAPA Conference was held in Zurich, Switzerland, from July 22-25.
More information on the conference:


  • Keynote 1: Reinout W. Wiers: Assessing and changing cognitive processes in addiction
  • Keynote 2: Robert Krueger: Assessment of Personality Disorders in DSM-5
  • Keynote 4: Fritz Drasgow: Computer Adaptive Assessment of Personality
  • Keynote 5: Dave Bartram: Do countries and organizations have personalities?

2013, San Sebastian

From July 17 to July 20, the 12th European Conference on Psychological Assessment was held at the Faculty of Psychology of the University of the Basque Country in San Sebastian, Spain. For further information, please visit the conference website:

2011, Riga

The 11th ECPA was organized by colleagues from the Department of Psychology of the University of Latvia and Union of Latvian Psychologists. The conference was held from August 31st to September 3rd, 2011. The link to the conference website is

2009, Ghent

The 10th European Conference on Psychological Assessment was held in Ghent, Belgium, September 16-19

2007, Thessaloniki

The 9th ECPA was held on May 3 – 6, 2007, in Thessaloniki, Greece.
Chair: Anastasia Efklides, 389 participants from 26 countries; 283 presentations

Keynote Speakers

  • Douwe Draaisma, Groningen University, The Netherlands
    Memories and methods. On the proper study of human recollection
  • Colin Feltham, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
    Assessing assessment: Multi-perspectival and critical views
  • George Grouios, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
    The measurement of handedness by preference and performance tests: Methodological and theoretical issues
  • David Loring, University of Florida, USA
    Neuropsychological assessment of frontal lobe and executive functions
  • Aljoscha C. Neubauer, University of Graz, Austria
    Human intelligence, creativity and other ability constructs – From a neuroscience perspective
  • José M. Peiro, University of Valencia, Spain
    Organizational climate from a multilevel perspective: Implications for evaluation and intervention
  • Rolf Steyer, University of Jena, Germany
    Analysis of causal effects in between-group and within-group comparisons: New opportunities and challenges for Differential Psychology

Symposia (conveners)

  1. Ken Adams & Linas Bieliauskas, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, U.S.A.
    Progress in the assessment of cognitive and related impairments in older patients
  2. Eric De Bruyn, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
    The guidelines for the assessment process (GAP) at work: What may we learn from practice?
  3. Victoria del Barrio, National University of Distant Education, Madrid, Spain
    Assessment of children’s anger and aggression
  4. Nuria de la Osa Chapparo, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain
    Psychological assessment of domestic violence
  5. Christina Evaggelinou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
    Psychological assessment in special and adapted physical education
  6. Rocio Fernandez-Ballesteros, Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain
    Psychological assessment for active aging
  7. Gonia Jarema-Arvanitakis, University of Montreal, Canada
    The assessment of lexical processing in normal and brain-damaged populations
  8. Shulamith Kreitler, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
    Cognitive orientation in predicting and changing behavior
  9. Angeliki Leondari, University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece
    Problem solving and conflict management in adolescents and young adults: Implications for interpersonal relationships and psychological adjustment
  10.  Andrew Papanicolaou & Marios Constantinou, University of Texas-Houston, U.S.A. & KESY/Intercollege, Nicosia, Cyprus
    Assessment of dyslexia
  11. Karl Schweizer & Helfried Moosbrugger, J. W. Goethe University, Frankfurt a. M., Germany
    New developments in the assessment of cognitive abilities
  12. Carlo Semenza, University of Trieste, Italy
    Mathematical processing in normal functioning and pathology
  13. Georgios Sideridis, University of Crete, Rethymno, Greece
    Assessing cognitive interference using a modified emotional Stroop paradigm: Applications in health, social, educational psychology and special education
  14. Stavroula Stavrakaki, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
    Psycho-neurolinguistic perspectives on investigating children with specific language impairment"
  15. Yannis Theodorakis, University of Thessaly, Trikala, Greece
    Measurement and evaluation in sport and exercise psychology
  16. Marcel V. J. Veenman, Leiden University, The Netherlands
    The assessment of metacognition: A matter of multi-method designs
  17. Ana Vivas, City College, Sheffield, United Kingdom
    Attention and working memory

2005, Budapest

Conference 2005, Budapest, 
August 31 - September 4
Chair: Janos Nagy, 164 participants from 28 countries; 178 presentations

Keynote Speakers

  • Robert C. Cloninger: A psychobiological model of temperament and character
  • Aldert Vrij: Veracity assessments: Pitfalls and challenges
  • Lars Bergman: A person-oriented approach for studying individual development: Some implications for the choice of methods and measurements
  • Randall W. Engle: Working memory capacity, general cognitive control and fluid abilities
  • Peter J. Van Koppen: Offender Profiling
  • Andras Vargha: What can we loose in personality research by using only classical parametric statistical methods?

Symposia (conveners)

  1. Assessment of personality (Barelds, D.P.H. & De Raad, B.)
  2. Assessment of intelligence (Neubauer, A.C.)
  3. Assessment of ageing (Fern�ndez-Ballesteros, R.)
  4. The Raven Progressive Matrices: Fundamental psychometric issues and stability and change over time and culture (Raven, J.)
  5. Academic and life goals: Antecedents, mediators, and consequences (Efklides, A. & Sideridus, G.D.)
  6. Optimism (Rauch, W. & Schweizer, K.)
  7. Constructions of otherness in contemporary Greece (Dikaiou, M.)
  8. Neuropsychological/biological assessment (Stemmler, G.)

2004, Malaga

Conference 2004, Malaga, 1-4 April
Chair: A. Godoy; This conference was organized in combination with the 6th Congreso Nacional de Evaluación Psicológica, attended by 500 participants; there were 250 English presentations.

Keynote speakers

  • S. Haynes: Psychological assessment and clinical case formulation
  • H. Westmeyer: Against confounding predictors with criteria in psychological assessment
  • I.M. Evans: Requiem for behavioral assessment
  • R. Fernandez-Ballesteros: Teaching the assessment process: A challenge

Symposia (conveners)

  1. Evaluation in physical activity and sports: Methodological advances (M.T. Anguera)
  2. Current research and assessment of motivational climate in the context of school, sports and organizations (I. Balaguer)
  3. Family assessment: Methodological issues (E.J. De Bruyn)
  4. Reconsidering marital quality and marital commitment (J.M.R. Gerris)
  5. Methodological innovations in program evaluation (S. Chacón)
  6. Attention research and implications for assessment (H. Moosbrugger & K. Schweizer)
  7. Experimental economics and psychology: Decision making under risk and expectations (J. Rodero)
  8. Self-regulation: validity and transcultural adaptation of the assessment questionnaires (J.L. Padilla

2001, Aachen

Conference 2001, Aachen, 2-5 September
Chair: L.F. Hornke, 200 participants, 143 presentations

Keynote speakers

  • M. Reckase: Psychological testing as a high-tech search for hidden treasure
  • W. Cook: Family assessment and the social relations model
  • R. Fernandez-Ballesteros: Adaptation procedure of the European Survey on Aging Protocol

Symposia (conveners)

  1. Clinical case formulation (H. Westmeyer)

1999, Patras

Conference 1999, Patras, 25-29 August
Chair: D. Alexopoulos, 300 participants, 234 presentations

Keynote speakers

  • R. Fernandez-Ballesteros: Psychological assessment: Past, present and future
  • P. Baltes: How we master life: The orchestration of selection optimization, and compensation
  • A. Efklides: Feelings as subjective evaluations of cognitive processing: How reliable are they?
  • P. Borkenau: Assessment issues in behavior-genetic research on personality
  • W.J. Van der Linden: Developments in constrained adaptive testing
  • T. Cook: Cronbach's challenge: Making external validity as important as internal validity
  • J. Georgas: Cross-cultural issues related to the WISC-III

Symposia (conveners):

  1. Social-cognitive personality assessment: Structure, process and content (D. Cervone)
  2. Measurement and methodological issues in psychotherapy (A. Stalikas)
  3. New technologies and psychological assessment (E.M. De Juan)
  4. Intelligence assessment (H.M. Suess)
  5. Quantitative methods (R. Steyer)
  6. The application of anxiety and motivation inventories in academic context (H. Tsorbatzoudis)
  7. Psychological assessment via the use of computer technology (G. Grouios)
  8. Test translation (F. Van de Vijver)
  9. Empirical studies of methods (L. Sechrest)

1997, Lisboa

Conference 1997, Lisboa, 7-10 September
Chair: D. Rodrigues Silva, 250 participants from 27 countries; 226 presentations.

Keynote speakers

  • R.J. Sternberg: Successful intelligence: What is it, how can it be measured, and can it be taught?
  • L.R. Bergman & D. Magnusson: Categories and dimensions in psychological measurement within a holistic framework
  • B. De Raad: The five big big five issues: Rationale, content, structure, status and crosscultural assessment

Symposia (conveners)

  1. Test translations and adaptations: Current issues and applications (F. Van de Vijver)
  2. Psychological assessment of adolescents at risk (M.M. Casullo)
  3. Data integration in clinicaldiagnostic process (A. Godoy & J. Van der Bercken)
  4. Assessment of person development (J. Ter Laak)
  5. Evaluation and modeling of intra-individual change (R. Steyer)
  6. Forensic assessment (S. Hammond)
  7. Assessment of children depression (V. Del Barrio)
  8. Projective techniques with children and adolescents (R.H. Dana)
  9. New alternatives in the assessment of learning (C. Vizcarro)

1995, Trier

Conference 1995, Trier, 28-30 August
Chair: R. Steyer, 200 participants from 20 countries; 192 presentations

Keynote speakers

  • P. Kline: Personality questionnaires and beyond
  • F. Silva: Dimensions of interpersonal orientation: Studies on convergent and discriminant validation
  • R.K. Hambleton: Psychological assessment advances for the 21th century: New psychometric models, methods, and technology

Symposia (conveners):

  1. Social desirability and related concepts (R. Fernandez-Ballesteros & F. Silva)
  2. Objective tests in personality assessment (F. Ostendorf & B. De Raad)
  3. Assessment of the elderly (S.H. Filipp)
  4. A Five-Factor Model approach to childhood personality assessment (I. Mervielde & G.A. Kohnstamm)
  5. The constructive thinking inventory (CTI): reliability, factor structure, validity (W. Lauterbach)
  6. Dynamic assessment (J. Guthke)
  7. Constructivist assessment and the systemic perspective (H. Westmeyer)

1993, Groningen

Conference 1993, Groningen, 25-27 August
Chair: B. De Raad, 100 participants from 16 countries; 90 presentations

Keynote speakers

  • H. Spada: Cognitive modeling as diagnostic tool: Hopes and facts
  • S. Messick: Foundations of validity: Meaning and consequences in psychological assessment
  • R. Fernandez-Ballesteros (Presidential address): The expanding scope of psychological assessment

Symposia (conveners)

  1. Diagnostic reasoning (A. Godoy & J. Van den Bercken)
  2. Social interaction assessment (H. Westmeyer)
  3. Seminar: assessment of the elderly (T. Svensson)
  4. Hierarchical intelligence structures: integrating assessment on different levels (B. Mardberg)
  5. Organizational assessment (J.M. Peiro)
  6. Seminar: behavioral assessment: current and future developments (F. Silva)
  7. Personality questionnaires (W. Hofstee)
  8. Psychopathology assessment (P. Pichot)

1991, Barcelona

Conference 1991, Barcelona, 23-24 September
Chair: R. Fernandez-Ballesteros, 75 participants from 8 countries; 40 presentations

Symposia (conveners)

  1. Psychometrics (G. Fischer)
  2. Behavioral assessment (F. Silva)
  3. Diagnostic process (E. De Bruyn)
  4. Special issues in assessment (K. Miller)
  5. Theory and assessment (H. Westmeyer)
  6. Personality assessment (B. De Raad)
  7. Treatment evaluation (M.T. Anguera)
  8. Assessment of intelligence (P. De Boeck)
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