Date of Submission


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)



Department Chair

Stephanie Felgoise, PhD, ABPP

First Advisor

Donald Masey, PhD

Second Advisor

Robert DiTomasso, PhD

Third Advisor

Mark Rader, PhD


The aim of this study was to examine if a short-form version of the Rey Complex Figure Test (RCFT-SF) was equivalent to the measure’s standard administration procedures as part of a neuropsychological battery for testing visual memory in an older adult population as well as the impact of anxiety on their performance. The RCFT-SF consisted of a similar administration procedure to the standard form (e.g., copy, immediate recall, delayed recall, and recognition trial) while reducing the period between the immediate and delayed recall portions of the measure to 10 minutes. Participants involved with this study were divided into two groups, the RCFT-SF group and a control group consisting of individuals that were already tested with the standard Rey Complex Figure Test (RCFT). Results from an independent samples t-test for the delayed recall trial indicated there was no significant difference between the two measures suggesting the shortened delay period on the RCFT-SF is equivalent to the delay period in the standard RCFT. Non-parametric testing indicated participants in the RFCT group had significantly higher scores than the RCFT-SF group on the copy trial, while there were no significant differences were identified between the two measures on the immediate and recognition trials. When examining the impact of both state and trait levels of anxiety on performance during the RCFT-SF, correlational analyses indicated there was no significant relationship found. Finally, a series of independent samples t-tests found that level of impairment did not impact performance on the scores for the delayed and recognition trials on the RCFT-SF. However, impaired individuals scored significantly lower than those in the unimpaired group on the immediate recall trial for the RCFT. While the limited sample size impacted the results in determining equivalency to the RCFT across all trials, these findings suggest the shortened delay period in the RCFT-SF produces equivalent scores to the standard administration procedure in terms of the delay period.