Psychological Assessments

Psychological assessments are performed for a variety of reasons including but, not limited to:

  • Attention problems (distractibility, restlessness, hyperactivity, difficulty with focus and concentration), Social problems (difficulty interacting, relating to others, or maintaining friendships),
  • Behavioral challenges (aggression, oppositional, impulsive, withdrawn),
  • Self esteem issues (low self worth),
  • Trauma, and mood problems (sad, angry, worried, anxious, fearful) either at home and/or at school.


In general, this type of evaluation includes:

  • A clinical interview or in-depth gathering of both the developmental and medical histories,
  • The administration, scoring, and interpretation of an intelligence/cognitive test,
  • Social/emotional tests (involves mood/behavioral screens, multiple projective tests,
  • Possibly a personality test),
  • Collateral with a third party (i.e., teacher, therapist),
  • Behavioral observations,
  • Review of any previous evaluations.

These assessments are conducted to help rule out a specific diagnosis (i.e., Autism Spectrum Disorder vs. Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder vs. Anxiety Disorder).