The Regional Assessment and Resource Centre
The Regional Assessment and Resource Centre is a project funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities of Ontario. It provides psycho-educational or neuropsychological assessment services to students at all publicly funded post-secondary institutions in Southern Ontario. The team of professionals who work with RARC are recognized for providing high quality assessments with on-site follow-up care and support.
Their mission is to provide access to affordable and quality psychological and psycho-educational assessments to post-secondary students with learning difficulties. They provide their clients with a better understanding of their unique learning strengths and challenges, and access to appropriate supports and accommodations.
In addition, the RARC also provides training opportunities to graduate students, and contributes to body of research regarding adults with learning disorders. To date, staff at the RARC have produced a number of seminal research papers. Dr. Allyson G. Harrison, the Clinical Director of the Centre, has written a number of often-cited papers, including one on best practices for assessment and diagnosis of learning disabilities, which was one of the 50 most frequently read articles in the Canadian Journal of School Psychology . Other published research includes an evaluation of the quality of disability documentation provided to Disability Services Offices by students, investigations regarding better methods of determining overall intelligence in persons with Dyslexia, and the effects of mild traumatic brain injury on speed of information processing.
- Harrison, A.G. (2005). Best practices for the identification and diagnosis of children with Learning Disabilities. Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 12, 21-4.
- Harrison, A.G., Nichols, E., & Larochette, A. (2008). Investigating the quality of learning disability documentation provided by students in higher education. Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 23, 161-174
- Harrison, A.G., Delisle, M., and Parker, K.C. (2008). Clinical Applications of the General Ability Index in the Interpretation of WAIS-III Scores. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 26 (3), 247-259.
- Tombaugh, T., Rees, L., Harrison, A.G., & Smith, A. (2007). The effects of mild traumatic brain injury on speed of information processing as measured by the computerized test of information processing (CTIP). Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 22, 25-36.
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