Psychological Evaluations

pencilPsychological 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.