Psychological Testing/Personality Testing/Neuropsychological Testing/Forensic Evaluations/Educational Testing/Vocational Assessments
Psychological testing is a broad term used to identify measures that help assess people across a variety of domains such as one’s emotional or intellectual functioning. Psychological testing can be used to help clarify diagnosis, determine the severity of a problem, screen for risks for future problems, make predictions of future behaviors, and aid in treatment recommendations. The information gained is powerful and can lead to a more accurate clinical picture and the potential creation of special accommodations. Prior to any testing, Dr. Smalheiser will conduct a comprehensive interview to assist with this process.
Personality tests attempt to measure your basic personality style and are often used to help formulate a clinical diagnosis and assess a person’s character for healthy and potentially unhealthy qualities. These tests can provide powerful information about one’s self and support new insights into one’s functioning/character.
Neuropsychological tests attempt to measure deficits in cognitive functioning (i.e., your ability to think, speak, reason, etc.) that may result from some sort of brain damage, such as a stroke. Neuropsychological tests are used to examine brain function and impairment.
Forensic Testing is the application of psychological and/or neuropsychological testing towards providing information about a person that often is related or connected to some type of legal issue, work related problem, disability dispute, etc. Typically a third party such as an attorney, judge/court, or employer is requesting the evaluation. Examples include: Workers' Compensation, Disability, Personal Injury, Criminal Law, Child Custody
Intelligence testing can be used to determine eligibility or admission to gifted programs in school, testing to diagnose mental retardation or delayed development, to help with disability determination and/or recommendation for appropriate accommodations in work or school situations, and vocational assessment, to fit your abilities, personality, and interests with an appropriate career path.