Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain
Utility of objective and implicit measures in the clinical evaluation of the child

Nuria de la Osa is a Psychologist specializing in Clinical Psychology. She is a Professor of Psychological Evaluation in the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain), where she teaches Clinical Assessment in Child and Adolescent Psychology courses of undergraduate program and several modules of the Master of Applied Health Services Research program. She also coordinates the master dissertation degree course.
She is a researcher at the Department of Epidemiology and Diagnosis in Developmental Psychopathology. The unit is a Recognized Research Group (2014 SGR 312), and funded by the Generalitat de Catalunya. In this Unit, we conduct studies related to assessment instruments for epidemiological studies, risk and protective factors, and the manifestation and course of the disorder.

Lack of insight, limited language or difficulty to recognize own emotions; make gathering data directly from young children, one of the most challenging tasks in clinical assessment. Still, the unique information that children can provide, make their inclusion in the clinical assessment process an advice of recent developmental systems assessment (DSA) guidelines.
The development of friendly techniques and valid and useful measures that allow investigating risk factors or the association of mental processes and psychopathology including children as a source of information in the assessment process is an interesting field. This symposium  presents data about different and actual research in this area: the eye tracker as a measure of attention problems, the inclusion of face recognition tasks in the study of social cognition in very young children, the measure of hiperflexibility as a risk factor of anxiety or the Go/No Go tasks to study self-regulation are some examples of novel attempts to improve the measure and assessment in developmental psychopathology.