Validated Instruments

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
  ABAS-3 Parent Form 0-5 yrs  
  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
Ages and Stages Questionnaire   ASQ
Animal Naming Forms    
Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised WPS edition ADI-R
Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition   ADOS-2
  Toddler Module  
  Modules 1-4  
Autism Observation Scale for Infants   AOSI
Behavior Assessment System for Children, Third Edition   BASC-3
Bayley Scale of Infant Development, Fourth Edition   Bayley-4
  Bayley-4 Record Forms for Cognitive, Language and Motor Administration  
  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
Instrument Version Abbreviation
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
  Beery VMI 2-18 yrs (Full Form)  
  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 Edition) BASC, BASC-2
  Behavior Assessment System for Children-Third Edition 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 Parent Form BRIEF
  BRIEF Teacher Form BRIEF
  BRIEF-P Preschool Version BRIEF-P
Benton Test of Facial Recognition Also known as Benton Facial Recognition Test BFRT
Instrument Version Abbreviation
Bracken Basic Concept Scale Receptive-Third Edition: Receptive   BRACKEN-3:R
  Examiner’s Manual, Stimulus Manual, Record Forms  
Bracken Basic Concept Scale Expressive   BBCS:E
  BBCS-E Parent Report  
  BBCS-E Teacher Report  
Brief Visuospatial Memory Test-Revised   BVMT-R
Benton Visual Retention Test – Fifth Edition   B-VRT
Brief Symptom Inventory   BSI
  Nonpatient adolescent  
  Outpatient Psychiatric  
  Inpatient Psychiatric  
  Nonpatient adult  
Broad Autism Phenotype Questionnaire   BAPQ
Buschke Selective Reminding Test   SRT
  SRT Form 1 5-8  
  SRT Form 2 5-8  
  SRT Form 1 9-12  
  SRT Form 2 9-12  
  SRT Form 2 13+  
California Verbal Learning Test   CVLT
  Earlier version (CVLT-II)  
  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
Instrument Version Abbreviation
Comprehensive Assessment of Spoken Language, Second Edition Previous version CASL CASL-2
Child and Adolescent Symptom Inventory - 4   CASI-4R
Child Behavior Checklist SEE ASEBA entry CBCL
Child Health Questionnaire   CHQ
  Parent Report Form CHQ-PF50  
Childhood Autism Rating Scale, Second Edition   CARS-2
Children's Communication Checklist-2   CCC-2
Children's Depression Inventory 2   CDI 2
  Parent Report  
  Teacher Report  
Children's Development Inventory   CDI
  CDI Parent Booklets  
  CDI Answer Sheets  
  CDI Profile Forms  
Children's Memory Scale   CMS
  CMS 5-8 yrs  
  CMS 9-16 yrs  
Children's Inventory for Psychiatric Syndromes   ChIPS
  ChIPS Report Form  
  ChIPS Profile Form  
Clinical Evalution of Language Fundamentals   CELF
  Previous versions CELF 3, CELF 4  
  Clinical Evalution of Language Fundamentals – Fifth Edition CELF-5
Clinical Global Impression   CGI-S, CGI-I
  Clinical Global Impressions (CGI) Severity of illness (CGI-S)  
  Clinical Global Impression – Improvement Scale (CGI-I)  
Communication and Symbolic Behavior Scales Developmental Profile   CSBS
  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
  C-SSRS Baseline  
  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
Instrument Version Abbreviation
Conners Kiddie Continuous Performance Test 2nd Edition   K-CPT-2
Controlled Oral Word Association   COWA
Coping Questionnaire   CQ-C/P
Cystic Fibrosis Questionaire-Revised   CFQ-R
  CFQ-R 12 - 13 years  
  CFQ-R 14 - Adult  
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
  D-KEFS Alternate Record Form  
  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  
Early Development Questionnaire   EDQ
Edinburgh Handedness Inventory   Edinburgh
Epworth Sleepiness Scale modified ESS
Euro-QoL 3-level Earlier version EVT EQ-5D-3L
Expressive Vocabulary Test – Second Edition Earlier version EVT EVT-2
Finger Localization (Benton) Record Form  
Functional Independence Measure for Children   WeeFIM, WeeFIM-II
Lafayette Grooved Pegboard Test   GV'D PGBD
Instrument Version Abbreviation
Handedness   HAND'DNS
  HAND'DNS Form 1-2:11  
  HAND'DNS Form 3-4:5  
Hollingshead Four Factor Index of Social Status SES measure Hollingshead
Hopkins Verbal Learning Test-Revised   HVLT-R
  Form 1  
  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   JLO
  Form A  
  Form H  
Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test, Second Edition   KBIT-2
Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement, Third Edition   KTEA-3
KeyMath-3 Diagnostic Assessment Keymath KeyMath-3 DA
Kiddie Schedule of Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia   K-SADS
  K-SADS-PL 2013 (Present and Lifetime Version)  
  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
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  
NICHQ Vanderbilt Assessment Scales See also Vanderbilt Assessment Scales NIHCQ Vanderbilt
NIH Toolbox Includes cognition, emotion, motor, sensation measures. Translations available. NIH Toolbox
Instrument Version Abbreviation
Parenting Stress Index, Fourth Edition Earlier editions exist PSI-4
Paced Auditory Serial Addition Test   PASAT
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 International Documentation Committee Subjective Knee Form   Pedi-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 Questionanire 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
Rey Complex Figure Test & Recognition Trial   RCFT
  Record Form  
Screen for Child Anxiety Related Disorders (SCARED)   SCARED
  SCARED Child Self-Report Version  
  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
Instrument Version Abbreviation
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 - Adult Version   STROOP
The Survey of Well-Being of Young Children   SWYC
Symbol Digit Modalities Test   SDMT
Test of Early Language Development – Fourth Edition   TELD-4
  TELD-4 Form A  
  TELD-4 Form B  
Test of Everyday Attention   TEA
Test of Variables of Attention   T.O.V.A.
Test of Visual Perception   TVPS
  TVPS- 3rd Editon  
Theory of Mind Inventory   ToMI
Tower of London-DX 2nd Edition   TOL-DX
  TOL-DX Child 7-15 yrs  
  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
Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales – Third Edition Vineland (earlier versions) Vineland-3
  Interview Edition Survey Form  
  Comprehensive Reports  
Vanderbilt Assessment Scales See also NICHQ Vanderbilt  
Instrument Version Abbreviation
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   WRAML2
  WRAML Examiner Form  
  WRAML Picture & Memory Response Form  
Wide Range Achievement Test, Fifth Edition Earlier tests (4) WRAT5
  Blue Test Form  
  Tan Test Form  
  Profile/Analysis Form  
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