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Cecil R. Reynolds, PhD

Cecil R. Reynolds, PhD, ABPN, ABN, is Emeritus Professor of Educational Psychology, Professor of Neuroscience, and Distinguished Research Scholar at Texas A&M University. Reynolds earned his BA in psychology in 1975 from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He then attended the University of Georgia, earning his MEd in psychometrics in 1976, an EdS in school psychology in 1977, and a PhD in educational psychology in 1978 while studying under Alan S. Kaufman and Ellis Paul Torrance. He served an internship divided between the Medical College of Georgia and the Rutland Center for Severely Emotional Disturbed Children. He established important research programs in the areas of assessment of anxiety in children and addressed the measurement issues surrounding the field of learning disabilities in addition to publishing extensively in areas related to cultural bias in psychological testing. Prior to joining the Texas A&M University faculty in 1981, Dr. Reynolds was a faculty member at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, where he served as Associate Director and Acting Director of the Buros Institute of Mental Measurement.

His research interests include all aspects of psychological assessment with a particular emphasis on the assessment of memory, emotional and affective states and traits, and issues of cultural bias in testing. He is the author of more than 300 scholarly publications and is the author/editor of 55 books including the Handbook of School Psychology, the Encyclopedia of Special Education, and the Handbook of Clinical Child Neuropsychology. He is the author of more than 40 published psychological tests, including the Reynolds Intellectual Assessment Scales, Second Edition (RIAS-2); the Reynolds Adaptable Intelligence Test (RAIT); the Reynolds Interference Task (RIT); and the Test of General Reasoning Ability (TOGRA).

Dr. Reynolds is currently editor-in-chief of the Archives of Scientific Psychology and Journal of Pediatric Neuropsychology. He is the former editor-in-chief of Psychological Assessment, Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, and Applied Neuropsychology. Among his awards are the American Psychological Association's (APA) Division of School Psychology Jack I. Bardon Award for a Lifetime of Distinguished Service, the APA’s Nadine Murphy Lambert Award and the Distinguished Clinical Neuropsychologist Award from the National Academy of Neuropsychology.

Areas of Expertise

  • Psychometrics
  • Memory, emotional, and affective states and traits
  • Cultural bias in testing
  • Anxiety and learning disabilities
  • Neuropsychology


  • BA in Psychology, University of North Carolina at Wilmington (1975)
  • MEd in Psychometrics, University of Georgia (1976)
  • EdS in School Psychology, University of Georgia (1977)
  • PhD in Educational Psychology, University of Georgia (1978)

Samples of His Products, Publications and Abstracts




Community Involvement

  • Dr. Reynolds played on various minor league baseball teams in the New York Mets organization. He made three all-star teams in different professional leagues prior to a career-ending injury the year of his first major league contract. 
  • Dr. Reynolds and his wife, Dr. Julia A. Hickman, have endowed several scholarships at the University of Texas and at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.