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Welcome! We are excited to partner with you in the pursuit of excellence in test publishing. Our goal is to assist our Customers as they make a meaningful impact on the lives of those they serve. As mental health professionals, we take this mission very seriously.

PAR’s Research and Development (R&D) department is responsible for creating new assessment and digital products. Our staff includes psychologists who perform a variety of scientific, technical, and project management roles, including working with outside authors to create new tests and content. We also perform psychometric/statistical analyses and prepare technical documentation for our tests. Additional staff are focused on data collection, research support, and quality assurance. Finally, our software development team creates PAR’s desktop and digital products. As we develop new products, our primary focus remains the same—creating new tests that our Customers will find helpful. We hope you will consider working with PAR. Together, we can create connections and change lives.

Below is a list of opportunities for partnering with PAR:

Data collection

PAR is currently collecting normative, reliability, and validity data for a number of new products in development. Data collectors are responsible for obtaining test subjects based on the specific project needs as outlined by the Data Collection Coordinator and are compensated on a "per case" basis that varies with each project. Typically, we offer examiners/data collectors an option for either cash payments or credit toward PAR products. We also have provisions for compensating examinees. PAR pays for all shipping and handling fees arising from data collection. If you are interested in collaborating with PAR as a data collector, complete the Examiner Information Form and Nondisclosure Agreement.

Click here to download the Guidelines for Reserving and Completing Data Collection Cases.

Introduction to data collection

The data collection process

Testing procedures

Publishing opportunities

Working together to create the future of psychological assessment

We would like to invite you to be a part of our future. PAR is always interested in ideas for assessment instruments that reflect new research and perspectives. Psychological assessment is a rapidly changing field, and, at PAR, we want to provide our Customers with the tools they need to support the important work they do. Throughout our history, we have worked with some of the most respected authors in the field, and now we’re working to help build the next great generation of psychological assessment expertise. Naturally, technology will be a part of that future, and PAR is evaluating the many ways advances in technology can be used to improve the usability, flexibility, efficiency, and effectiveness of our products.

If you are developing an assessment resource that may be appropriate for PAR, or if you have ideas about enhancements or extensions to current PAR products, please contact us now. We encourage you to get in touch as early as possible in the development process to discuss your product idea or proposal and to identify the ways we can assist you in shaping your project for greater potential success. Authors of testing instruments accepted for publication will receive guidelines for the preparation of files, format, style, and other essential information. To help you prepare your proposal, please see the list of questions below for an outline of what should be addressed in your proposal.

Please be assured that all materials submitted to PAR are considered to be the exclusive property of the author(s) and are accessible only on a need-to-know basis. All reviews are conducted in a confidential manner, and no one else is ever informed that you have submitted materials to PAR for review.

We hope that you will consider working with PAR to develop the next generation of psychological assessment materials. Together, we can create connections and change lives.

Melissa A. Messer, MHS (mmesser@parinc.com)
Director of Product Development
PAR, Inc.
16204 North Florida Avenue
Lutz, FL 33549
Phone: 813.968.3003 / Fax: 813.968.4684

What should be included in my proposal?

Requests for research proposals

PAR invites proposals from non-student investigators for research and development on PAR instruments. Only one proposal per investigator will be considered, unless PAR has expressly invited specific proposals.

Priority will be given to studies that:

  • Validate PAR instruments in various settings, including schools, clinical, medical, outpatient, neuropsychological inpatient, residential, VA, and forensic settings.
  • Utilize PAR instruments for the purposes of developing and validating empirically validated treatments/interventions.
  • Focus on validating PAR instruments with Spanish-speaking populations within the U.S. as well as other underrepresented populations.

Although these areas have been identified as research priorities, we do not wish to discourage the submission of proposals in other areas that focus on the use of PAR instruments.

Please use the link below to complete the Research Proposal Form, providing thorough and detailed responses. Requests will be formally reviewed by the PAR’s Research & Development Team as to the quality of the proposal and the importance of the proposed research/development. The team will be asked to comment on the strengths and/or weaknesses of proposals. Proposals will be reviewed two times during the calendar year (May 1 and October 1).

Submission Process

Please submit requests using this downloadable form. In completing the form, please provide thorough and detailed responses. When completed, please send to Melissa Messer, Director of Product Development, at mmesser@parinc.com.

PAR Data Program

The purpose of PAR’s Data Program, a research program launched by PAR in 2020, is to gather additional data on our existing tests with the goal further validating our instruments as well as identifying and developing product enhancements and features that will allow our Customers to better meet the needs of those they serve.

In alignment with the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing (American Educational Research Association, American Psychological Association, & National Council on Measurement in Education, 2014), PAR has always emphasized fairness in all aspects of test development across diverse populations and contexts. However, one real challenge in product development is having access to these populations. We are inviting clinicians, research, and other professionals to partner with PAR to advance the breadth and scope of solutions we are able to provide across a wide range of populations, with a focus on underserved populations.

Program objectives

  • Partner and collaborate with professionals who have collected data with one or more PAR products.
  • Enhance our existing solutions in order to increase the number of individuals our Customers are able to serve.
  • Over the long term, develop an open-source repository where data can be shared with researchers, clinicians, and other professionals.

If you are interested in participating in PAR’s Data Program, please follow this link and complete the 5-minute survey.