Psychological testing is helpful in answering specific questions about an individual’s cognitive, emotional, and interpersonal functioning. It involves the administration of empirically validated instruments and may include tests of intelligence, achievement, personality, and neuropsychological functioning.
Psychological assessment is useful in addressing a variety of questions, including identifying the presence of ADHD, a learning disability or other cognitive problem, diagnostic clarification, or in treatment planning.
The results of such assessment batteries are presented in a detailed written report which integrates test findings with background information and provides recommendations for interventions or remediation.
Types of Evaluations
- Memory and Dementia Evaluation: Cognitive and neuropsychological testing is helpful in determining the extent of memory loss and identifying areas of cognitive functioning that may be compromised. An accurate diagnosis is key to developing a personalized treatment plan.
- Adult Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity: A comprehensive evaluation is invaluable in diagnosing and treating Adult ADHD effectively. The results of the examination inform specific recommendations and accommodations.
- Neuropsychological Evaluation for Brain Injury– Evaluation for cognitive and emotional functioning in acquired (e.g., Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Hydrocephalus etc.) and traumatic brain injury can assist with treatment planning, caregiver education, and inform specific recommendations and accommodations for vocational purposes.
- Psychodiagnostic Testing: Psychodiagnostic testing often includes personality and symptom inventories with specific batteries that are tailored to the referral questions. By synthesizing multiple sources of information, psychodiagnostic assessment can be the first step in a successful treatment plan.