PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT

I provide several types of specific psychological assessment. A full list of assessments is described on this page.  In all evaluations I am guided by several  principles that I believe are important for proper assessment.

Collaboration- For most types of evaluations, I employ an approach called Collaborative Assessment, which means that you and I work together to make sense of the testing results throughout the testing process. This means that I will often ask you to reflect on your own experience working on different tasks, try out new ways of solving problems based on performance, and carefully review the findings in order to discover links between test data and real-world experience. This style of testing is much more conversational than many traditional models. Test-takers generally report positive experiences because they were actively involved in understanding their own results.

Transparency- Psychological tests can feel intimidating and highly personal. I strive to help you feel as comfortable as possible, even when the testing process is difficult. Although certain things about tests cannot be shared with the public in order to protect their usefulness, I make every effort to describe the purpose and reasoning behind using each test, and to go over the results and describe findings in a way that is clear and understandable. 

Real-life Application- Test information is most useful when it helps to clarify real-life experiences. I strive to make each evaluation relevant to your life and your questions. The information gained from testing should lead to helpful suggestions and recommendations about how to incorporate the findings in a way that will help you moving forward.

Cultural Awareness- It is a fact that psychological tests are not "culture-blind" and that individuals with different backgrounds and experiences tend to score differently on tests. Unfortunately, this can lead to test results that are more accurately reflecting limits of the test than limits of the person taking the test. I stay well-informed about research regarding differences in test scores, choose tests that are least influenced by external factors, and educate you about ways that test results may be skewed high or low. In my evaluation reports, I discuss culturally-relevant factors of the tests.

 

PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING OFFERED

Psychoeducational/Neurological Testing: This type of evaluation is helpful if you have questions about the potential presence of a learning disorder or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, intellectual strengths and weaknesses, neurological impairment (for example due to a concussion or traumatic brain injury), or appropriateness for a gifted program or accelerated academic track. Testing typically takes between 4-8 hours and can be scheduled over multiple sessions.

Diagnostic Testing: This type of evaluation is helpful to answer questions about appropriate diagnosis, which can be helpful for treatment planning, appropriate billing and coding for insurance, and increased self-awareness. Many people are interested in diagnostic testing when they have received several diagnoses, are just beginning to experience new symptoms, or are undergoing significant changes. Diagnostic testing is highly individualized and tends to include tests that ask specific questions about symptoms and also gather information about personality, personal history, and ways of solving problems. Testing typically takes between 4-8 hours and can be scheduled over multiple sessions.

Vocational Testing: Vocational testing is often indicated prior to a major life change, including high school graduation, college or training program completion, a career change, or re-entering the workforce after time away. Vocational testing is similar in many ways to psychoeducational testing in that one is assessed for strengths and weaknesses that may impact job choice. However, vocational testing also incorporates many aspects of personality testing in that it looks for "goodness of fit" between your interests and your potential work choices.