Psychological and neuropsychological testing has the potential to reveal vital information about individuals that can help them lead happier, healthier, and more productive lives. Our staff of psychologists are trained in many of the most current assessment procedures. We will also tailor our assessments to your or your child’s needs, depending on what would be most helpful to your or their development. You and your provider will work together to establish clear goals for the assessment and you will work together throughout the process, all the way to the feedback session in which you will review your results together. Please continue reading to learn more about our assessment services.
- The purpose of psychological evaluation is to assess an individual’s adjustment to life, personality functioning, strengths, interests, and intellectual abilities. Information is obtained through clinical interviews, self-report questionnaires, projective tests, and objective, standardized tests. These are all constructed to measure different aspects of the individual (e.g., intelligence, emotional conflicts, thought processes, personality style/traits, etc.). Results from the psychological evaluation help to identify the patient’s needs, reveal strengths, and uncover difficulties and problems. Psychological evaluations contribute valuable information regarding diagnosis and treatment recommendations.
- Many insurance companies require pre-authorization for this service. If you have any questions about this service, please contact your insurance company directly by calling their customer support representative. It will be important to identify the reasons you are seeking a psychological evaluation as well as the person who has referred you. If your child’s teacher, guidance counselor, or primary care physician has made the referral, please have them share their concerns with the psychologist conducting the evaluation.
- Results from psychological evaluations are commonly used by schools to determine whether a full psychological evaluation should be considered. Results may justify the need for a 504 Accommodation Plan for school, college, or workplace; short-term and long-term disability claims; Social Security claims; and outpatient mental health clinics.
- A comprehensive psychological evaluation may take several hours over a period of 4 to 6 weeks. Following completion of the direct testing, the psychologist will score, interpret the results, and write a full report to include the referral questions, history, development of the presenting problem, identify problems regarding the psychological functioning, and recommendations.
- A neuropsychological evaluation analyzes data gathered on the patient’s attention, concentration, coordination, impulsivity, executive functioning, memory, sensory, visual-spatial and visual-motor skills.
- Neuropsychological evaluations are commonly used to assess ADHD, Dementia, and other memory disorders.
- Neuropsychological evaluations must be pre-approved by your insurance company and must be “medically necessary.” According to one of our most widely used insurance carriers, “medically necessary” is defined as:
- When there are questionable deficits on standard mental status testing, or to establish the presence of abnormalities or distinguish them from changes that may occur with normal aging or the expected progression of other disease processes; or
- When there is a need to quantify the patient’s deficits, particularly when the information is necessary for a diagnosis and determining a prognosis; or
- When there is a need to characterize strengths and weaknesses, to guide treatment, or plan for rehabilitation; or
- When neuropsychological data can provide a profile of the patient’s functioning that, when considered with clinical, laboratory, and imaging data, may assist in determining or clarifying a diagnosis.
- Neuropsychological testing may be used to reassess problems, symptoms, and progress in order to guide treatment plans.
If you would like, you may download and complete the following forms prior to you or your child’s first appointment. You may digitally complete the available fields in the forms and print them, or print the forms and complete them by hand. Please remember to bring them to the first appointment. Adobe PDF reader is required (free download).
- Fee Agreement and Psychological Services Contract (Please note that some fields are not able to be completed – you and your provider will complete them when you arrive.)
- Child and Adolescent Questionnaire: for parents to complete
- Psychological and Neuropsychological Referral form for Outside Providers: For health and mental health professionals to complete.