Is a form of evaluation in which a clinical interview, formal psychometric testing, questionnaires, behavioral observations, and an in-depth medical record review are used to help answer difficult or complex questions about functioning and behavior. Test results can be used to help design the most effective therapeutic interventions, answer questions about why interventions in the past have not been effective, and develop optimal plans for treatment.
When is Psychological Assessment Recommended?
Dr. Lesser Allen recommends a psychological assessment when individuals:
Feel “stuck” in therapy and are confused about a lack of progress.
Realize that emotional issues are preventing them from functioning optimally at work or in their relationships, but are not sure why or what to do.
Find themselves repeating the same or similar patterns/dynamics in relationships or at work and are unclear as to why this is happening
Want to better understand personality function and why they “do what they do.”
Are noticing dangerous or destructive patterns in their life (obsessive compulsive behaviors, paranoia, acting out, gambling or other addictive behaviors, unusual or psychotic thinking, etc.)
Dr. Lesser Allen offers comprehensive and integrated evaluations of cognitive abilities (such as learning and memory, attention/concentration, problem solving) and emotional functioning. Assessments are completed via comprehensive clinical interview, review of relevant medical records, psychometric tests, conversations with family members, and computerized tasks. Evaluations are meant to empower individuals to gain a better understanding of their cognitive strengths and vulnerabilities, how they learn and remember things best, and how they approach problem solving. These results can be used to help clients, their families, and their medical providers optimize and personalize treatment to improve daily functioning and quality of life.
Neuropsychological assessment can be utilized for differential diagnosis, assessment, treatment planning, and determination of appropriate work and school accommodations for syndromes such as:
Traumatic Brain Injury
Post Concussive Syndrome
Dementia/ Alzheimer’s Disease
Mild Cognitive Impairment
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Substance Use and Addiction Disorders
Hormone-Related Cognitive Changes (secondary to childbirth, hysterectomy, menopause, etc.)
Functional Movement Disorder/Conversion Disorder
PTSD and Complex Developmental Trauma Disorder
Anxiety and Depressive Disorders
Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders
Prodromal psychosis or brief psychotic episodes
Neuropsychological assessment can be especially useful in assessing complex cases and in understanding the relationship between physical and psychological conditions and contributions.
Students with anxiety disorders, ADHD, or other learning issues may require and be entitled to accommodations for taking standardized assessments such as the SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, or MCAT. Neuropsychological assessment can be used to determine eligibility and outline which accommodations may be appropriate.
Examples of examination accommodations include
Extended time (typically time and one half to double time
Taking examinations in a separate, distraction-free room
Provision of a reader, scribe, or word processor for exam
Option of an oral exam
Utilization of spelling and grammar assistive devises for essay exams
Utilization of a calculator
Utilization of paper during exams
By law, every college and university in the United States is required to provide accommodations to students with diagnosed learning, cognitive, or emotional disabilities through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Almost every university has a center for students with learning disabilities on campus, dedicated to ensuring equal access to education for students with a disability.
How to access accommodations:
Contact your school’s Center for Students with Learning Disabilities to learn the specific requirements for your school (each center has its own set of requirements.
Most universities require a recent neuropsychological assessment to document the presence of a disability.
Other assessment services available:
What makes our assessment services unique?
Dr. Lesser Allen believes strongly that the primary objective of assessment is to empower and enlighten individuals by working collaboratively to help them discover more about themselves. Through the assessment process, Dr. Allen will work with you to find solutions to persistent problems, identify ways to capitalize on your strengths, and facilitate positive change in your life. Dr. Lesser Allen works to serve her clients directly. She does this by individualizing each assessment, providing tailored and concrete recommendations, and providing honest feedback on prognosis and expectations moving forward. Dr. Allen values each relationship she develops with her patients, and takes the time to answer questions or discuss any topic, great or small.
All assessment packages with Dr. Lesser Allen include a comprehensive interview and an in-depth feedback session. During feedback sessions, Dr. Lesser Allen will share results and help you understand how to apply them to your life. Reports are concise, easy to understand, and catered to your specific needs. Dr. Lesser Allen is available for individual therapy and follow up sessions to answer as many questions as you need.