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Study instruments and tools must be provided at the time of protocol submission. Information that establishes the validity of the instrument/tool should be included in the protocol.

Information about the validation of study tools assists the IRB in its deliberations about the scientific validity of the proposed study.

Additional Considerations: Study Instruments That Ask Sensitive Questions

Study instruments that include sensitive information - for example, questions about alcohol/illicit drug use, aggressive/violent behavior and/or illegal behavior - can place subjects at risk. The IRB will usually require that investigators obtain a Certificate of Confidentiality to ensure that risks to subjects are minimized for the following instruments:

  • Child Behavior Checklist - Youth Self-Report (CBCL-YSR) which includes questions about alcohol use and aggression;
  • Pediatric Sleep Questionnaire (PSQ) which includes alcohol use, theft and aggression;
  • Psychological Assessment Tool (PAT)
  • Survey of Well-Being of Young Children (SWYC)
  • K-SADS-PL which includes questions about alcohol, tobacco and PTSD symptoms.
  • Multi-Dimensional Assessment Profile of Disruptive Behavior (MAP-DB) which includes sensitive questions
  • M.I.N.I. - MINI International Psychiatric Interview. Note: This instrument also requires the consent of all subjects 14 years and older
  • NICHQ Vanderbilt Assessment Scales.

Accepted Validated Measures

To minimize effort and to avoid duplication, the IRB provides a listing of study measures that are considered validated. They include instruments maintained by CHOP's Center for Human Phenomic Science (CHPS) as well as instruments submitted by investigators that have evidence of test validity (e.g., published data and/or validation of standardized measures).

If investigators plan to use a study measure that has evidence of test validity and wish them to be added to the list, please contact the IRB office with the pertinent data (copy of the test and supportive documentation) and request the tool to be added to the list.

There is no need to attach a study instrument/tool to the eIRB system if it is included in the listing on this page.

Please note: Available versions are listed in the middle column; If a newer version is being used for a study it is not necessary to attach a copy of the tool; however please indicate that it is a more current version of the validated instrument:

Instrument Version Abbreviation
Aberrant Behavior Checklist, Version 2   ABC-2
Achenbach System of Empirically Based Assessment Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) ASEBA
Child Behavior Checklist component of ASEBA CBCL
CBCL Caregiver-Teacher Report 1.5-5 yrs CTR
Child Behavior Checklist 1.5-5 yrs CBCL
Child Behavior Checklist 4-18 yrs CBCL
Child Behavior Checklist 6-18 yrs CBCL
Teacher Report Form 6-18 yrs TR  
Youth Self-Report 11-18 yrs YSR  
ACL - Return to Sport after Injury   ACL-RSI
Adaptive Behavior Assessment System, Third Edition ABAS-3 Parent Form 0-5 yrs ABAS-3
ABAS-3 Parent Form 5-21 yrs
ABAS-3 Parent Form 16-89 yrs
ABAS-3 Teacher/Daycare Provider Form 2-5 yrs
ABAS-3 Teacher Form 5-21 yrs
ADHD Rating Scale – 5 for Children and Adolescents   ADHD Rating Scale-5
Adult Hope Scale   AHS
Ages and Stages Questionnaire   ASQ
Animal Naming Forms    
Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised WPS edition ADI-R
Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition Toddler Module ADOS-2
Modules 1-4
Autism Observation Scale for Infants   AOSI
Barry Albright Dystonia Scale   BADS
Baxter Retching FACES scale   BARF
Bayley Scale of Infant Development, Fourth Edition Bayley-4 Record Forms for Cognitive, Language and Motor Administration Bayley-4
Bayley-4 Observation Checklist
Bayley-4 Motor Record Form
Bayley-4 Cognitive Record Form
Bayley-4 Language Record Form
Bayley-4 Cognitive, Language and Motor Record Form
Bayley-4 Social-Emotional & Adaptive Behavior Questionnaire
Beck Depression Inventory-II   BDI-II
Beery-Buktenica Dev. Test of Visual-Motor Integration-IV, V Previous Editions VMI
Beery-Buktenica Dev. Test of Visual-Motor Integration, Sixth Edition Beery VMI 2-18 yrs (Full Form) Beery VMI
  Beery VMI 2-7 yrs (Short Form)  
  Beery VMI Visual Perception 2-18 yrs  
  Beery VMI Motor Coordination 2-18 yrs VMI-MC  
Behavior Assessment System for Children BASC (1st, 2nd & 3rd Edition) BASC, BASC-2, BASC-3
Structured Developmental History SDH
BASC-3 Teacher Rating Scales - Preschool 2-5 TRS-P
BASC-3 Teacher Rating Scales - Child 6-11 TRS-C
BASC-3 Teacher Rating Scales - Adolescent 12-21 TRS-A
BASC-3 Parent Rating Scales - Preschool 2-5 PRS-P
BASC-3 Parent Rating Scales - Child 6-11 PRS-C
BASC-3 Parent Rating Scales - Adolescent 12-21 PRS-A
BASC-3 Self-Report of Personality Interview - Ages 6-7 SRP-Interview
BASC-3 Self-Report of Personality - Child 8-11 SRP-C
BASC-3 Self-Report of Personality - Adolescent 12-21 SRP-A
BASC-3 Self-Report of Personality - College 18-25 SRP-COL
BASC-3 Structured Developmental History SDH
Parent Feedback Report - Teacher Rating Scales  
Parent Feedback Report - Parent Rating Scales  
Parent Feedback Report - Self-Report of Personality  
BASC-3 Student Observation System SOS
Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function, Second Edition   BRIEF-2
BRIEF-A Informant Report BRIEF-A
BRIEF-A Self-Report Form BRIEF-A
BRIEF Teacher Form BRIEF
BRIEF-P Preschool Version BRIEF-P
Benefit-Finding Scale for Children (The)   BFSC
Benton Test of Facial Recognition Also known as Benton Facial Recognition Test BFRT
Bracken Basic Concept Scale Receptive-Third Edition: Receptive Examiner’s Manual, Stimulus Manual, Record Forms BRACKEN-3:R
Bracken Basic Concept Scale Expressive BBCS-E Parent Report BBCS:E
BBCS-E Teacher Report
Benton Visual Retention Test – Fifth Edition   B-VRT
Brief Infant Sleep Questionnaire Revised short form BISQ-R; BISC-R SF
Brief Observation of Symptoms of Autism   BOSA
Brief Symptom Inventory Nonpatient adolescent BSI
Outpatient Psychiatric
Inpatient Psychiatric
Nonpatient adult
Brief Visuospatial Memory Test-Revised   BVMT-R
Broad Autism Phenotype Questionnaire   BAPQ
Buschke Selective Reminding Test SRT Form 1 5-8 SRT
SRT Form 2 5-8
SRT Form 1 9-12
SRT Form 2 9-12
SRT Form 2 13+
California Verbal Learning Test Earlier version (CVLT-II) CVLT
California Verbal Learning Test-Third Edition CVLT-3
CVLT-3 Standard Form
CVLT-3 Short Form
CVLT-3 Alternate Form
California Verbal Learning Test-Children's Version CVLT-C
Comprehensive Assessment of Spoken Language, Second Edition Previous version CASL CASL-2
Child and Adolescent Symptom Inventory - 4   CASI-4R
Child and Adolescent Mindfulness Measure   CAMM
Child Behavior Checklist SEE ASEBA entry CBCL
Child Health Questionnaire Parent Report Form CHQ-PF50 CHQ
Childhood Autism Rating Scale, Second Edition   CARS-2
Children's Communication Checklist-2   CCC-2
Children's Depression Inventory 2 Self-report CDI 2
Parent Report
Teacher Report
Children's Development Inventory CDI Parent Booklets CDI
CDI Answer Sheets
CDI Profile Forms
Children's Hope Scale   CHS
Children's Memory Scale CMS 5-8 yrs CMS
CMS 9-16 yrs
Children's Inventory for Psychiatric Syndromes ChIPS Report Form ChIPS
ChIPS Profile Form
Chronic Pain Acceptance Questionnaire Adolescent Short Form; 8 item CPAQ-R COAQ-A8
Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals Previous versions CELF 3, CELF 4 CELF
Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals – Fifth Edition CELF-5
Clinical Global Impression Clinical Global Impressions (CGI) Severity of illness (CGI-S) CGI-S, CGI-I
Clinical Global Impression – Improvement Scale (CGI-I)
Communication and Symbolic Behavior Scales Developmental Profile CSBS – normed edition, record forms, caregiver questionnaires CSBS
Communication and Symbolic Behavior Scales Developmental Profile CSBS-DP
CSBS DP Infant-Toddler Checklist CSBS DP ITC
Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale C-SSRS Baseline C-SSRS
  C-SSRS Since Last Visit  
Conners Continuous Performance Test   Conners CPT
Conners Continuous Performance Test 2nd Edition Conners CPT-2
Conners Continuous Performance Test 3rd Edition Conners CPT-3
Conners Parent Rating Scale   CPRS
Conners Parent Rating Scale-Revised (S) (previous edition) CPRS-R
Conners Parent Rating Scale 3rd Edition CPRS-3
Conners Abbreviated Parent/Teacher Questionnaire   Abbreviated Parent/Teacher Questionnaire
Conners Kiddie Continuous Performance Test 2nd Edition   K-CPT-2
Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale 10 item CD-RISC-10 CD-RISC-10
Controlled Oral Word Association   COWA
Coping Questionnaire   CQ-C/P
Cystic Fibrosis Questionnaire-Revised CFQ-R 12 - 13 years CFQ-R
CFQ-R 14 - Adult
Dementia Questionnaire for People with Learning Disabilities Former known as DMR (Dementia Questionnaire for Persons with Mental Retardation) DLD
Developmental Behavior Checklist 2   DBC2
Differential Abilities Scale   DAS
Earlier version DAS DAS
Differential Abilities Scale - II DAS-II
Preschool Record Form
School-Age Record Form
Speed of Information Processing Response Booklet A
Speed of Information Processing Response Booklet B
Speed of Information Processing Response Booklet C
Delis-Kaplan Executive Function System D-KEFS Alternate Record Form D-KEFS
D-KEFS Standard Record Form
D-KEFS Color-Word Inference Test
D-KEFS Design Fluency Test
D-KEFS Tower Test Record Form
D-KEFS Trail MakingTest Visual Scanning
D-KEFS Trail MakingTest Number Sequencing
D-KEFS Trail MakingTest Letter Sequencing
D-KEFS Trail MakingTest Number Letter Switching
D-KEFS Trail MakingTest Motor Speed
Down Syndrome Mental Status Examination Multiple versions DSMSE
Early Childhood Behavior Questionnaire Short form; very short form ECBQ; ECBQ-5
Early Development Questionnaire   EDQ
Edinburgh Handedness Inventory   Edinburgh
Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale   EPDS
Epworth Sleepiness Scale modified ESS
Euro-QoL 3-level   EQ-5D-3L
Expressive One Word Picture Vocabulary Test   EOWPVT-4
Expressive Vocabulary Test – Second Edition Earlier versions EVT EVT-2
Finger Localization (Benton) Record Form  
Functional Disability Inventory   FDI
Functional Independence Measure for Children   WeeFIM, WeeFIM-II
Generalized Anxiety Disorder   GAD-7
Handedness HAND'DNS Form 1-2:11 HAND'DNS
HAND'DNS Form 3-4:5
Hollingshead Four Factor Index of Social Status SES measure Hollingshead
Hopkins Verbal Learning Test-Revised Form 1 HVLT-R
Form 2
Form 3
Form 4
Form 5
Form 6
(The) Hospital of Special Surgery Pediatric Functional Activity Brief Scale   HSS Pedi-FABS
Infant Behavior Questionnaire – Revised   IBQ-R
Judgment of Line Orientation Form A JLO
Form H
Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test, Second Edition   KBIT-2
Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement, Third Edition   KTEA-3
Kessler Psychological Distress Scale   K6, K10
KeyMath-3 Diagnostic Assessment Keymath KeyMath-3 DA
Kiddie Schedule of Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia   K-SADS
Lafayette Grooved Pegboard Test K-SADS-PL 2013 (Present and Lifetime Version) GV'D PGBD
K-SADS-PL DSM-5 November 2016
Leiter International Performance Scale, Third Edition   Leiter-3
Lysholm Knee Questionnaire/Tegner Activity Scale   Tegner/Lysholm
MacArthur-Bates CDI Communicative Developmental Inventory: Words & Sentences MacArthur CDI
MINI International Psychiatric Interview   M.I.N.I.
Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, Revised with Follow-up   M-CHAT-R/F
Movement Disorder Childhood Rating Scale   MD-CRS
Mullen Scales of Early Learning   MULLEN
Multidimensional Anxiety Scale for Children, 2nd Edition   MASC-2
Multi-Dimensional Assessment Profile of Disruptive Behavior   MAP-DB
National Youth Risk Behavior Survey 2009, 2019 YRBS
Negative Affectivity Self-Statement Questionnaire   NASSQ
NEPSY – Second Edition Earlier edition NEPSY NEPSY-II
NEPSY-II 3-4 Record Form & response booklet
NEPSY-II 5-16 Record Form & response booklet
Neuropsychiatric Inventory Inventory and Questionnaire NPI, NPI-Q
NICHQ Vanderbilt Assessment Scales See also Vanderbilt Assessment Scales NIHCQ Vanderbilt
NIH Toolbox Includes cognition, emotion, motor, sensation measures. Translations available. NIH Toolbox
OSU Autism Rating Scale   OARS; OARS-4
Observer Reported Outcome (The)   ObsRO
Paced Auditory Serial Addition Test   PASAT
Pain Catastrophizing Scale Parent and Child versions PCS-P, PSC-C
Pain Self-efficacy Questionnaire   PSEQ
Parent-Child Early Relational Assessment

Earlier version Early Relational Assessment (ERA)
Parent-Child Relationship in Infancy and Early Childhood

Parenting Sense of Competence   PSOC
Parenting Stress Index, Fourth Edition Earlier editions exist PSI-4
Patient Health Questionnaire   PHQ-9
Peabody Developmental Motor Scales – Second Edition   PDMS-2
Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test – Fifth Edition Earlier versions IIIA, IIIB, 4 PPVT-5
Pediatric Anxiety Rating Scale   PAS
Pediatric Behavior Rating Scale   PBRS
Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory Inventory and PEDI-Computer Adaptive Test PEDI; PEDI-CAT
Pediatric International Documentation Committee Subjective Knee Form Adult and pediatric version do not differ Pedi-IKDC; IKDC
Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory (PedsQL Measurement Model 4.0) Version 6: October 2010 PedsQL
PedsQL Neuromuscular Modules
Note: all versions of the PedsQL are considered validated
Personal Census Data Form   PER-CEN
Preschool and Kindergarten Behavior Scales – Second Edition   PKBS-2
Preschool Language Scale-5 Earlier versions available PLS-5
Home Communication Questionnaire
Q-global Home Communication Questionnaire for Age 0-35 Months
Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System   PROMIS
Psychosocial Assessment Tool   PAT
Purdue Pegboard   PEGBOARD
Quality of Life in Neurological Disorders NIH Toolbox Neuro QoL
Rapid Assessment of Adult Literacy in Medicine, Revised   REALM-R
Reiss Screen for Maladaptive Behaviors Internet and written version  
Rey Complex Figure Test & Recognition Trial Record Form RCFT
Scale for Assessment and Rating of Ataxia   SARA
Screen for Child Anxiety Related Disorders (SCARED) SCARED Child Self-Report Version SCARED
SCARED Child Parent Version
Sensory Profile Sensory Profile Caregiver Questionnaire  
  Sensory Profile Adolescent/Adult  
Short Form Health Survey Short Form (36) Health Survey v2 SF-36
  Short Form (12) Health Survey SF-12
Social Communication Questionnaire   SCQ
Social Responsiveness Scale, Second Edition   SRS-2
Social Skills Rating System   SSRS
State-Trait Anxiety Inventory for Children   STAIC-CH
Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale – Fifth Edition Earlier version: SBIS-IV SB-5
Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire   SDQ
Stress Index for Parents of Adolescents   SIPA
Stroop Color and Word Test Multiple versions (including adult) STROOP, SCWT
Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-5   SCID-5
Survey of Well-Being of Young Children (The )   SWYC
Symbol Digit Modalities Test   SDMT
Tanner Staging Multiple questionnaires, self-assessment  
Test of Early Language Development – Fourth Edition TELD-4 Form A TELD-4
TELD-4 Form B
Test of Everyday Attention   TEA
Test of Variables of Attention   T.O.V.A.
Test of Visual Perception TVPS- 3rd Edition TVPS
Theory of Mind Inventory   ToMI
Therapeutic Factor Inventory-8 TFI-S (Therapeutic Factor Invesntory – Short Form) – 23 item TFI-8
Tower of London-DX 2nd Edition TOL-DX Child 7-15 yrs TOL-DX
TOL-DX Child 16+ yrs
Trail Making Test Short Form TMT
Part A
Part B
Treatment Satisfaction Questionnaire TSQM 1.4 TSQM
Universal Nonverbal Intelligence Test   UNIT
Vanderbilt Assessment Scales See also NICHQ Vanderbilt  
Verbal Fluency Test   VFT
Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales – Third Edition Vineland (earlier versions) Vineland-3
Interview Edition Survey Form
Comprehensive Reports
Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-IV Earlier versions WAIS-IV
WAIS-IV Record Form
WAIS-IV Response Form
Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence, Second Edition   WASI-II
Wechsler Individual Achievement Test, Fourth Edition Earlier editions available (II, III, IV) WIAT-4
WIAT Record Form
WIAT Response Form
WIAT Screener Record Form
Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children – Fifth Edition   WISC-V
Wechsler Memory Scale – Fourth Edition Earlier versions available (R, III) WMS-4
WMS-IV Adult Battery (Ages 16-69) Record Form
WMS-IV Older Adult Battery (Ages 65-90) Record Form
WMS-IV Response Booklet
Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence – Fourth Edition   WPPSI-IV
Wide Range Achievement of Memory and Learning – Second Edition WRAML Examiner Form WRAML2
WRAML Picture & Memory Response Form
Wide Range Achievement Test, Fifth Edition Earlier tests (4) WRAT5
Blue Test Form
Tan Test Form
Profile/Analysis Form
Widespread Pain Index   WPI
Wong-Baker FACES Pain Rating scale   FACES
Woodcock Johnson Cognitive Test, Fourth Edition Earlier versions (R, III) WJ-C-IV
Audio Recording for Forms A&B
Test Record (Std & Extended Batteries-Form A)
Subject Response Booklet
Zarit Caregiver Burden Scale   ZBI