Date of Submission


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)


School Psychology

Department Chair

Robert A DiTomasso, PhD, ABPP


This study explored the equivalence of the digital and paper-based version of the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, 5th Edition (WISC-V) with deaf and hard-ofhearing children. There are a number of psychological tests being administered using both paper and digital formats. There is currently no literature on the validity of using these new digital tests with deaf and hard-of-hearing children. This study used a repeated measures design in which deaf and hard-of-hearing participants took the Figure Weights and Matrix Reasoning subtests of the WISC-V in counterbalanced order. The study found no format effect for the Figure Weights subtest with this population. However, a small format effect was found with this population on the Matrix Reasoning subtest. This study found that there are some differences of performance within this population when administering the WISC-V using different formats. Additional research is needed to confirm the findings of this study and expand to include additional subtests as well as additional IQ tests.