A day-long seminar at St. John’s University provided 20 Japanese
educators and psychologists with the insights and tools to improve
their diagnosis and treatment of childhood learning
The seminar, on March 27 at the Queens, NY, campus, gave attendees an
in-depth understanding of the Cross-Battery assessment approach, a
diagnostic method that integrates data from across traditional
Dawn Flanagan, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, conducted the
seminar. She played an important role in developing the method.
“Dr. Flanagan is known worldwide for her work in this area,”
Raymond DiGiuseppe, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Psychology.
“Her studies have helped to make St. John’s a global leader in the
assessment and treatment of childhood intellectual abilities across
The Japanese visitors were led by Satoru Konuki, Ph.D.,
Professor of Psychology at Meisei University in Tokyo and Executive
Director of the International Institute for Educational Therapy.
“We are very grateful to Dr. Flanagan for adapting her presentation
to meet our needs,” said Konuki. “I am looking forward to sharing
this information with our colleagues back home.”
In most parts of the world, Flanagan noted, the only diagnostic
tool currently available is the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for
Children, which was introduced in 1949. “My research has shown that
using one intelligence test to measure students’ cognitive
abilities is inadequate,” Flanagan explained.
Inspired by the seminar’s success, Konuki is exploring
possibilities for future collaborations, such as inviting Flanagan
and other members of the Department of Psychology to lecture and
teach classes at Meisei. In addition, he would like to create
opportunities for his students to study and conduct research at St.
“Japan needs to catch up in this area,” said Konuki. “There are
a lot of other people in the field who could benefit from being
exposed to Dr. Flanagan’s work.” DiGiuseppe agreed, adding that
“continuing relationships like this with academic institutions is
consistent with the University’s commitment to enabling others to
benefit from its resources.”