Psychological assessment is a formal evaluation process that entails collecting information about various areas of a person’s functioning through the use of observed behavior that typically comes in the form of tests administered to the client by a trained professional. Psychological assessment is often used to help obtain an accurate diagnosis and to guide treatment, but a variety of questions can be answered with formal testing that cannot always be answered through medication management visits or therapy visits alone. To learn more about the different types of testing and whether you or someone you love should be tested, please check out our Frequently Asked Questions.
frequently asked questions
What is psychological testing?
Psychological testing is an evaluation that uses standardized tests and measures to help answer questions and describe different areas of a person's functioning, such as their thoughts, feelings, behaviors, personality, symptoms, and diagnosis.
Why might someone be tested?
Psychologists administer tests and assessments for a wide variety of reasons. For example, memory tests and language tests can help determine whether someone is showing signs of dementia or has brain damage from a traumatic brain injury. Tests of attention and executive functioning help us identify problems with attention and impulse control, such as ADHD, that may negatively impact someone’s performance at work or school. Testing can help you, your therapist, or your doctor identify emotional disorders, such as anxiety or depression, as well as the factors that may have caused, maintained, or worsened those disorders. Many psychological tests help us understand how someone’s personality traits contribute to problems in relationships at home, work, or school. Testing can help identify and give us valuable information about problems someone may have with anger management, addiction, eating disorders, or other problematic behaviors, as well as help develop effective recommendations for treatment of those behaviors.
How do I know if I, or a loved one, need to be tested?
If you have been receiving mental health treatment for years on end, but your symptoms have not significantly improved, even with medication and/or therapy, then testing might be helpful to clarify your diagnosis or to determine alternative/additional treatment recommendations
If you think you or your child have a cognitive or emotional disorder that requires accommodations in school or at work, then testing can help establish the basis for those accommodations and provide recommendations.
What types of evaluations does Fusion offer?
Each evaluation is unique in that tests are chosen for your specific needs and to answer specific questions made by you or the person/agency who referred you here. The most common evaluations are:
- Psychological Evaluation: To make a diagnosis clear and to guide treatment.
- ADHD Evaluation: To provide diagnostic clarity as to whether a patient meets diagnostic criteria for ADHD, the predominate type (Inattentive, Hyperactive/Impulsive, Combined), and the extent to which various areas of functioning are impaired. Treatment recommendations included.
- Psychoeducational Evaluation: To determine whether someone has a learning disorder, intellectual disability, neurocognitive disorder, emotional disorder, ADHD, or any other psychological impairment that negatively impacts academic performance to the extent that accommodations might be needed.
- Neuropsychological Evaluation: To assess multiple areas of brain functioning (e.g., memory, language, motor skills, attention, executive functioning, social/emotional functioning) to determine whether there is any impairment in functioning and to provide treatment recommendations.
- Forensic Evaluation: To help answer legal questions or make recommendations to attorneys, judges, social services agencies about the adjudication or disposition of a case. Forensic evaluations answer questions about competency to participate in legal proceedings, risk of dangerousness to self or others, risk of reoffending, questions about custody, appropriate treatment recommendations, etc.
- Bariatric Evaluation: A psychological evaluation is a mandatory part of the process to be approved for bariatric surgery to ensure that someone is a good candidate for the surgery and to help ensure post-surgery success.