23265 - Clinimetrics

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Docente: Elena Tomba
  • Credits: 6
  • SSD: M-PSI/08
  • Language: Italian
  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Cesena
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Clinical psychology (cod. 0990)

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, the student will be able to: define clinimetric assessment in the clinical and research context; evaluate the utility of a test in the clinical and research context; understand and apply the main clinimetric measures; draft a clinimetric profile in the clinical and research context.

Course contents

The course will take place during the first semester (from October to December) at the Cesena Campus of the School of Psychology and Education (address: v.le Europa, 115, Room Europa 2). According to COVID-19 emergency rules, teaching activities will be carried out also online as well.


·      Assessment in clinical psychology: general considerations and general application in evidence-based psychological terapies

·      Clinimetrics: definition and implications in the clinical context and in research

·      Structured clinical interview for DSM-5 disorders: advantages and limitations

·      Personality measures

·      Depressive symptomatology evalutation

·      Anxiety symptomatology evalutation

·      Transdiagnositic factors (e.g. cognitive processes, irrational beliefs evaluation, perfectionism)

·      Eating disorders and body shame evalutation

·      Family and marital functioning evalutation

·      Positive functioning (psychological well-being, positive emotions and quality of life evalutation)

·     Clinimetric outcome for third CBT wave psychological treatments

.      Writing a psychological report in clinical psychology


Consulting the teaching material is essential for the preparation and passing of the exam.

The teaching material presented in power point presentations will be made available to students online https://virtuale.unibo.it

The teaching material must be integrated with the following assigned chapter readings that are available at  the University Library Silvana Contento, Department of Psychology, Cesena.


Grandi S, Rafanelli C, Fava GA. Manuale di psicosomatica, Il pensiero Scientifico Editore, 2011 (Chapter 7)

 Conti L. Repertorio delle scale di valutazione in psichiatria. SEE EDITORE, 1999  (Chapters 3,7,10,11,12,22)

Fava GA, Tomba E. Il panico. Nella trappola della paura. Il Mulino, Collana: Farsi un'idea (2013) ISBN-10: 8815244786 ISBN-13: 9788815244789

Scientific articles:

Reviews and research articles might be suggested to integrate the preparation for the exam. All the Scientific articles will be uploaded by the teacher and made them available to https://virtuale.unibo.it

Consulting texts:

Rush  A. J Jr., First MB., Blacker D. Handbook of Psychiatric Measures, Second Edition, Washington, D.C., American Psychiatric Publishing, 2008

Fava GA, Sonino N, Wise TN. The Psychosomatic Assessment. Strategies to Improve Clinical Practice. Karger, 2012

Tomba E. Strumenti di valutazione dei disturbi del comportamento alimentare nel setting di cura interdisciplinare. In Ballardini D, Schumann R (ed). La riabilitazione psiconutrizionale nei disturbi del comportamento dell'alimentazione. Carrocci Faber, 2011 (Chapter 11)

Fava GA, Sonino N, Wise T (a cura di). Il metodo psicosomatico. Strategie per migliorare la valutazione clinica. Giovanni Fioriti Editore, Roma



Teaching methods

Lectures. Throughout the lectures, clinical cases and testing simulations will be presented and role-played. Seminars with experts in clinical assessment tools in several psychological settings will be planned.

Attendance to lessons is not mandatory but preparatory for the learning and exam.

Assessment methods

The final evaluation will consist in an ORAL exam using (in case of COVID-19 emergency rules) the tools MSTeams available through ALMA ESAMI, ESAMI ONLINE. There are no mid-term evaluations.

The ORAL exam is aimed to assess the student's knowledge regarding the topics included in the reading materials available and discussed in classes.

The highest final mark (30/30), eventually cum laude, will reflect the comprehensiveness, adequacy and full articulation of the report. The following criteria will be considered in making corrections to the exam: congruency and completeness of answers (0-10 points); critical elaboration of the presented contents (0-10 points); completeness of theoretical frameworks (0-10 points); proving some clinical examples represent further criteria for grade bonus (cum laude). The exam will be judged according to the Italian Exam Grade which uses a 30-point scale that can be divided into failing (0 to 17) and passing (18 to 30 cum laude) grades. Marks will progressively decrease based on lack of information (i.e., lack of clinical reasoning, relevant studies neither cited nor described) and/or in case of inaccurate or off-topic answers.

To take the exam, students must enroll through AlmaEsami online service within the deadline. For any concerns and questions please the International Relations Office. To take the booked exam you will receive an invitation email indicating the link and hour to the virtual classroom where the exam will take place during the exam date published in ALMAESAMI.

After the initial roll call you will be asked to show the ID card for your identification. Please remember to keep it handy as if you do not identify yourself, you will not be able to take the exam.

At the end of the exam you will be notified of the grade which will be recorded as usual on ALMAESAMI

During the exam students are not allowed to consult any materials, such as textbooks, notes, electronic devices.



Teaching tools

Videoprojector, DVD player, overhead projector, and PC will be used throughout the lessons. Paper materials of original tests will be displayed to students whenever possible during the lessons. The teaching material presented in power point presentations will be made available to students online.

To obtain teaching material please consult the following: http://campus.unibo.it/

Access to the material is reserved for University of Bologna students.

Links to further information


Office hours

See the website of Elena Tomba


Good health and well-being

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.