Psychological evaluations consist of a comprehensive interview, followed by paper-and-pencil or computer administrated tests that help to look at patterns of emotional and personality functioning. Sometimes, a psychological evaluation can include formal testing of intellectual abilities, though the cognitive testing is not as comprehensive as a full neuropsychological evaluation.
Psychological evaluations are typically given for the following reasons:
- Determine a psychiatric diagnosis
- Assist with treatment planning and recommendations
- Learn about an individual’s personality traits
- Determine a job candidate’s ability to perform a specific job (i.e. peace officers)
- Assess a person’s readiness for certain surgical procedures (i.e. bariatric, spinal cord stimulator/pain pumps)
- Determine psychiatric disability
Depending on the reason for psychological evaluation, the face-to-face time required can typically range from 2 hours up to 8 hours.