Psychological and neuropsychological evaluation, including cognitive and personality evaluation, are part of my practice. This includes evaluation of learning and attention styles and disorders, personality styles and disorders, and emotional styles and disorders. Evaluation clients can be as young as 7 years of age–and can be younger, although younger children need more observation and interview data as the test results on younger children may be less valid and reliable–on into adulthood, including seniors, where dementia may be an issue of concern. Evaluation clients are often in therapy with therapists who refer them for clarification of problems they are struggling with in therapy, at home, in school, or at work. Children (including minors and adults) are often referred by their parents. And adults may have decided to go for evaluation on their own, after having heard about my work in this field.
Some clients seek evaluation for accommodations in college or university, or for high-stakes tests, such as the ACT, SAT, GRE, MCAT, LSAT, etc. There is no guarantee that a specific school or high stakes test will accept the results of an evaluation. Generally, schools accept the results of evaluations in accordance with their policies (which can vary widely from school to school), but the high stakes test organizations require a history of the student needing and receiving accommodations in the past, as well as a current evaluation.
I also do evaluations for suspected dementia, after head injury, or for other health related events that may have affected a person’s learning, thinking, feeling and/or personality.