What is a psychological assessment?

For a broad explanation of a psychological assessment, please see the following webpage provided by the American Psychological Association: Understanding Psychological Testing and Assessment

What questions can you answer through a psychological assessment?

Through a comprehensive psychological assessment, we can answer questions related to whether someone has a learning disability, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), depression, anxiety, or other behavioral, psychiatric, and personality disorders.

We are often asked whether we can provide an assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorder for children and adults.  In our clinic, we can definitely screen for symptoms of Autism and, depending upon the individual's history and presentation, we may be able to say whether someone meets criteria for an Autism diagnosis.  In some cases, however, this particular question may be better answered at a center specializing in Autism assessments.  We encourage you to speak with a clinic staff member for more information in your particular case.

How much time does it take to complete a psychological assessment?

You will need to attend at least three appointments to complete your assessment.  The first (intake) appointment will last approximately 2 hours, and the second (testing) appointment will last approximately 8 hours.  After your testing day, the clinician and their supervisor will score the tests you took and will write a comprehensive report that explains any diagnoses and recommendations.  This scoring and writing phase usually takes approximately 4 to 6 weeks at our clinic.  After the report has been finalized, you will attend a third (feedback) appointment for 1 hour, at which time the clinician will explain the assessment findings to you.  In total, you should expect the assessment process to take between 8 and 10 weeks from the time of your intake appointment until you receive your final report.  Our clinic is unable to accommodate requests for expedited assessments.

When can I schedule my first assessment appointment and what happens at that appointment?

Your first assessment appointment (intake) will be scheduled on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday.  During that 2-hour appointment, you will sign consent forms, explain why you are seeking an assessment, answer questions about the problems you are experiencing, complete an initial psychological questionnaire, and learn more about the assessment process.

What should I bring to my first appointment?

Please bring any reports from previous psychological or neuropsychological evaluations to your first assessment appointment.  In addition, if your child is being evaluated, please bring a copy of his/her most recent report card and school standardized test results, as well as documentation of any school accommodations currently in place (e.g., Individualized Education Programs, Section 504 Plans).

When can I schedule my second assessment appointment and what happens at that appointment?

Your second assessment appointment will be scheduled on a Friday.  This appointment will last approximately 8 hours, so please make sure that you have blocked out your entire day from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm.  You will have several short breaks throughout the day and a 45-minute lunch break.  Our clinic only conducts testing on one Friday per month.  In order to obtain a psychological assessment from us, you will need to be available all day on a Friday without any other scheduled commitments.  During the testing day, you will be administered a series of tests that have been chosen specifically to investigate the problems that you identified at your first (intake) appointment.  Based upon your unique concerns, you may take tests of cognitive ability, academic achievement, memory, attention, and/or executive functioning.  You may also be asked to respond to questionnaires that assess for depression, anxiety, and personality characteristics.  There is nothing that you can do to prepare for your testing day other than to make sure that you get a full night of sleep the night before your appointment.

What other information do you need to gather to complete an assessment?

Depending upon the questions you would like to explore through a psychological assessment, we may need to gather additional information beyond what we obtain during your appointments at our clinic.  Without such information, it may not be possible for us to determine why you are experiencing certain problems.  For adult patients, we may need to ask someone who knows you well to complete one or two questionnaires.  For child or adolescent patients, we usually ask parents and teachers to complete some questionnaires about behavioral, emotional, and learning issues.  Additionally, we typically ask your child's teacher/school if one of our clinicians can observe your child in his/her school environment in order to learn how he/she functions within a classroom and with peers.  In some cases, we may want to discuss your or your child's prior treatment with other providers, such as psychologists or physicians.  Before we reach out to any individuals, we always discuss the request with you and ask you to sign a formal release authorizing us to obtain the desired information.  We would never speak with anyone about you or your child without your explicit permission.

When can I expect to receive my report and feedback?

In most cases, you should expect to receive your assessment report and feedback between 8 and 10 weeks after your first (intake) appointment.  Please see the FAQ titled "How much time does it take to complete a psychological assessment?" for more details.  Our clinic is unable to accommodate requests for expedited assessments.

How much does a psychological assessment cost?

The cost for a comprehensive psychological assessment is $520.  The assessment fee includes an initial interview, all testing, a comprehensive report, and a feedback session. 

When is payment due?

Full payment for the assessment is due prior to the 8-hour testing day.

Do you accept insurance?

Our clinic does not participate in any insurance plans and, therefore, we cannot bill your insurance carrier.  Some patients seek reimbursement from their insurance themselves after their psychological assessment is completed, and we can provide you with an invoice that summarizes the services you have received at our clinic.  However, we do not communicate directly with insurance companies and do not assist patients with claims or appeal procedures.  In most cases, medical insurance plans do not consider testing for learning disabilities a covered benefit.

Why do you video record sessions at your clinic?

Because the Psychology Clinic is a training facility and our clinicians are doctoral students in clinical health psychology, all sessions are video recorded to ensure that you receive the best care possible. Only supervisors and others on the treatment team have access to these video recordings during your treatment for training purposes. This enables us to give you quality service that includes the expertise of your therapist, our supervisors, and the treatment team.