Psychological, psychoeducational, or neuropsychological testing may be recommended for you to better understand factors that may be impacting your functioning. Results from testing can help clarify diagnosis, develop an appropriate treatment plan, and/or determine appropriate accommodations to increase success at work or school. Not all patients require testing to determine diagnosis or drive treatment. However, it is your treatment providers' decision when the use of psychometric instruments is necessary to obtain information that can support your treatment. Patients are encouraged to share the evaluation with schools, hospitals, treatment providers, other medical providers, attorneys and others, if appropriate, to aid in treatment planning, educational programming, etc.
Some common purposes for assessment include:
- Learning and attention
- Social emotional function
- Personality development
- Behavioral problems
- Developmental disorders
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Traumatic brain injury/post concussion
- Court / legal issues
Our assessment process includes three parts, conducted over three separate appointments:
- Clinical interview: The clinical interview involves a semi-structured interview with the patient. A parent or other support person can also be involved, if appropriate. The purpose is to collect background information, identify the question(s) that will be considered in the testing, and provide information about the assessment process.
- Testing: Our providers collect data from a variety of standardized test instruments during the testing session. Testing may also include observer report measures completed by a parent, teacher, or spouse to provide additional information about symptom presentation.
- Feedback Session: Our licensed psychologists interpret the testing instruments and integrate and summarize the results into a report. The results, including diagnosis and recommendations, are reviewed during the feedback session and opportunities are provided to ask questions.
Jamie DiOrio, PsyD
Julie E. Keaveney, PsyD
Kathy Cherry, PsyD
Katie Pierce, PsyD
Patrick Zingaro, MA