Publishing NIH Toolbox® Results

Please use this Publication Checklist when writing about self- and parent-report NIH Toolbox measures (e.g., Emotion) in publications and presentations. Checklist categories include measure details, administration, scoring, and reporting. Access the Publication Checklist here>>

  • The first mention of NIH Toolbox should include its full name: “NIH Toolbox® for Assessment of Neurological and Behavioral Function (NIH Toolbox)” Subsequent sentences can abbreviate NIH Toolbox as NIHTB.
  • Report the official measure name (refer to the NIH Toolbox Administration Manual).

NIH Toolbox tests of function have four types of scores: Raw scores (or Theta scores for CAT measures), Uncorrected Standard Scores, Age-Corrected Standard Scores, and Fully Corrected T-Scores. NIH Toolbox Emotion measures use T-scores. Indicate the type of scores you are reporting.

For more information, see: 

Hanmer, J., Jensen, R.E. & Rothrock, N. A reporting checklist for HealthMeasures’ patient-reported outcomes: ASCQ-Me, Neuro-QoL, NIH Toolbox, and PROMIS. J Patient Rep Outcomes 4, 21 (2020).

Obtain & Administer Measures


NIH Toolbox® Cognition, Emotion, Motor, and Sensation measures are available through the NIH Toolbox iPad App. PDFs of NIH Toolbox Emotion measures need no preparation, are “respondent ready,” and are available for free in paper form.

NIH Toolbox measures are copyrighted. Some NIH Toolbox self- and parent-proxy report instruments (NIH Toolbox Emotion and select Sensation) are publicly available for use without licensing or royalty fees for individual research or individual clinical use. Other Sensation measures and the Cognitive and Motor batteries may only be administered through means approved by the Department of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Commercial users must seek permission to use, reproduce, or distribute measures. Read the NIH Toolbox Terms and Conditions of Use for more information. 


NIH Toolbox measures are best administered in the NIH Toolbox iPad App:

  1. Download one of the NIH Toolbox iPad apps from Apple’s Store>> 
  2. Submit credentials for a qualification check and obtain a cognitive unlock code. See Requesting Access to Cognition Measures>> 
  3. Administer tests using the free trial version (no scores are provided in free-trial).

Learn to Administer NIH Toolbox Measures

NIH Toolbox administration of Cognition, Motor, and Sensation measures requires training. Training resources include:

  • Online training curriculum ("eLearning") - Completing the eLearning program combined with practice is sufficient for being able to administer NIH Toolbox measures.
  • Training workshops - Content of the workshop includes the same information as eLearning, but has the added opportunity for practice and individual feedback from a certified trainer.
  • Administration Manual - This manual is a resource intended to be used in conjunction with eLearning and/or a training workshop.

Requesting Access to Cognition Measures
  • In accordance with the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing (APA, 2014), cognition measures will be available to professionals who are appropriately trained to administer, score and interpret psychological tests. Eligibility to use these restricted materials is determined on the basis of experience, education, and training.
  • To request permission, please complete the online form>> 
  • If you meet the eligibility requirements, a Cognition Unlock Code will be sent with directions on how to use this information with our NIH Toolbox App.
  • If you have any questions, please email and put “Request Access” in the subject line.

Guidelines for Geriatric Assessment

The NIH Toolbox team developed a guide for assessment of elderly adults. Read Principles of Geriatrics Assessment here>>

Required Supplies

The NIH Toolbox iPad App has hardware and software requirements. Read about them at the NIH Toolbox Support Center>>

For Assessment Center or web users: Find NIH Toolbox Technical Manuals and additional resources here.