Test Development and Validation

Our laboratory has developed several instruments with different research groups around the world, as follows:

  • Multidimensional Turnover Reasons Scale (MTRS)
  • Behavioural Intentions Scale of Organizational Citizenship (BISOC)
  • Behavioural Intentions Scale of Organizational Commitment (BISOC)
  • Quality of Life among People with Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders Scale
  • Organisational Climate Scale for Health Organisations
  • Emotion Matching Task
  • Scale of Ethno-cultural Empathy (Brazilian version)
  • Cognitive Distortions Questionnaire (CD-Quest) adult version
  • Cognitive Distortions Questionnaire (CD-Quest) children version
  • Comfort Scale for Relatives of People in Critical Health Status
  • Parent-Child Conflict Tactics Scale (CTSPC)
  • Scale for the predisposition to the occurrence of adverse events in nursing care
  • Interpersonal Reactivity Index (IRI) (Brazilian version)
  • Multidimensional Personality Inventory (under development)

Partnership with the Psychometrics Centre, University of Cambridge:

We have launched this year the Orpheus Business Personality Inventory (OBPI) Brazil, the only work-related personality test in use in that country. If you want to know more about it, please visit the publisher website:

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If you want to know more about the validity evidence of the OBPI Brazil, please click here.

Educational Assessment

Our laboratory has also a long-term experience working with the improvement of research methods applied to educational settings. In our previous laboratory we carried out research aimed at the development, validation and modernisation of educational assessments, establishing partnerships with both private and public sectors. In one of these partnerships, we secured US$ 157,000 from the Brazilian Ministry for Education to perform a meta-assessment of the biggest large-scale tests developed to measure the pupils’ abilities in the 5th, 9th, and 12th years.

This exam, called Prova Brazil, involves the measurement of three different levels: 3,300,000 pupils, 49,000 schools and 80,000 teachers. This project aimed to investigate the relationship between variables across these levels and to study the dimensionality of this test from a Multidimensional Item Response Theory perspective. The results of this investigation were published in Frontiers in Psychology.

In another project, we provided consultancy services to the Brazilian Ministry for Education and led a team of academics from different fields to work on the development of items to the ENEM item bank. ENEM is the largest standardised assessment exam administered in Brazil and it is equivalent to A-levels.