Psychological Evaluation in Reno, NV
Diagnostic & Psychosocial Assessment
Diagnostic and psychosocial assessment is a type of psychological evaluation that explores the nature and pattern of psychological symptoms from which an individual may or may not be suffering. While diagnostic formulations are most commonly used at the outset of psychological treatment, many measures are also useful in determining progress and course of treatment. In addition to ICD-10 / DSM-V diagnoses, the information provided by a psychosocial assessment includes behavioral projections, treatment recommendations, and prognosis.
Learning Disability Evaluation
Academic Learning Disability (LD) assessment is a type of psychological evaluation that provides information on the nature of neurological impairments that prevent adequate acquisition of math, reading, and writing skills. Additionally, these evaluations result in specific recommendations for reasonable accommodations to facilitate learning in academic environments.
Intellectual Disability Evaluation
I have specialized training and experience in the psychological assessment of adults living with Intellectual Deficits, Intellectual Disabilities, Mental Retardation, and Developmental Disability. This type of psychological evaluation is intended to assist in the behavioral management, treatment, and well-being of adults living with mental and developmental challenges. My Intellectual Disability evaluations involve the identification and assessment of cognitive deficits, including mental retardation, and specific strengths and weaknesses in both intellectual and adaptive functioning. The resulting psychological report provides extensive neuropsychological information and behavioral recommendations appropriate for the Medicaid Developmental Disability Waiver Program.
Mental Illness / Intellectual Disability Evaluation
In addition to my training in adult assessment of Intellectual Disability Evaluation, I also have highly specialized training and experience in psychological s designed to address the unique diagnostic and treatment complexities inherent in adults living with co-occurring mental illness and developmental or intellectual disabilities. This type of assessment includes the above Intellectual Disability evaluation, but moves beyond the strictly neuropsychological and cognitive perspective by integrating data from psychopathology assessment to lend a deeper understanding of the behavioral and psychological challenges faced by the examinee. Specific treatment recommendations are provided.
Formerly known as competency evaluations, capacity assessments comprise various types of psychological evaluation that are used to examine a person’s ability to successfully carry out a specific task (e.g., manage finances) or make a specific decision (e.g., refuse a medical treatment) . Capacity evaluations are most commonly performed with older individuals in our aging population .
A clinical interview, cognitive testing, and psychodiagnostic assessment can be combined with a capacity-specific assessment of medical consent capacity, as well as a values assessment focusing on those values most relevant to healthcare decision making.
Financial capacity is a medical-legal construct that represents the ability to independently manage one’s financial affairs in a manner consistent with personal self-interest and values.
Testamentary capacity is a legal construct that represents that level of mental capacity necessary to execute a valid will.