Prof. Dr. Tucha
After studying psychology at the University of Freiburg, Prof. Oliver Tucha worked as a clinical neuropsychologist at Freiburg University Hospital. He subsequently became a research assistant at the Psychology Institutes of the universities of Freiburg and Regensburg. He obtained his doctorate at the Lübeck campus of Schleswig-Holstein University Hospital; his post-doctoral qualification in medical psychology was also gained there. In 2006 Prof. Tucha was appointed Professor of Psychology at Regensburg University; in the same year he accepted the Chair of Clinical Neuropsychology at Plymouth University in the UK. Three years later he was appointed Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.
What was the aim behind development of the tests?
The CFADHD test set is a research-based compilation of neuropsychological tests which is designed to provide a cognitive performance profile of adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder that is both comprehensive and reasonably quick to obtain. The GET was developed as a highly sensitive and highly specific test of implausible attentional performance in neuropsychological investigations.
What was the greatest challenge in developing your tests?
When compiling the CFADHD, a tremendous amount of work was involved in obtaining a thorough overview of the very extensive research literature.In the case of GET, on the other hand, the major challenge was funding the development and the associated investigations.
For what target group was the test developed?
The CFADHD is for adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, while GET is designed for adults with psychiatric or neurological disorders.
What are the special features of the tests?
The CFADHD test set provides an assessment of the cognition of adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder that is both comprehensive and reasonably quick to obtain. A particular feature of the GET is its high sensitivity and specificity.
How to you see tests developing in the future? What aspects of this are you particularly interested in?
I think there are needs and opportunities in various areas, such as tests to measure executive functions and aggravation tests … so the prospects are exciting.
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