Richard Gershon, PhD
Dr. Richard Gershon currently serves as the Division Chief of Outcomes and Measurement Science in the Department of Medical Social Sciences as well as a Professor of Preventive Medicine in the Division of Health and Biomedical Informatics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. He also serves as President of Toolbox Assessments, a non-profit organization distributing the NIH Toolbox for research and clinical use. Dr. Gershon is regarded as a pioneer in using Item Response Theory and Computer Adaptive Testing in developing assessments for use in research, health care, education, and certification. He served as Principal Investigator for the NIH Toolbox for the Assessment of Neurological and Behavioral Function, where he coordinated an international team of over 200 researchers to create an iPad-based battery of instruments to assess cognitive, motor, sensory, and emotional health. He is the former PI for the NIH Roadmap Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) Technical Center and continues his work with PROMIS as an active member of the PROMIS Health Organization. Dr. Gershon currently serves as MPI for the Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Measurement Core, overseeing the measurement strategy for 70,000 children and their caregivers from pre-conception through adulthood. His team is also in the process of creating the NIH Infant and Toddler “Baby” Toolbox for children ages 1 to 42 months. Over the course of his career, Dr. Gershon has served as an investigator or consultant on over 100 assessment development projects. Dr. Richard Gershon undertook his undergraduate work at the School of Education at Northwestern University and completed his PhD work in both Clinical and Personality Psychology.