EVALUATION

 

I provide both clinically relevant and forensic-clinical assessment. Psychological evaluations provided by me encompass both clinical and forensically relevant topics. Common topics include, but not limited to, the following:

  • Clinical: Diagnostic clarification, psychological functioning, personality structure, cognitive difficulties, memory problems, aptitude, achievement, learning disabilities, and ADHD
  • Forensic-clinical: Competency, insanity, child custody, adoption, social security disability, and violence risk assessment

Psychological assessment can be a valuable tool in helping us gain insight into deep-seated inner struggles or a unique and complex psychological makeup that each individual brings. Assessment can also be an integral component of effective treatment planning. To assess psychosocial and emotional functioning, I utilize both objective (e.g., MMPI-RF, MCMI-III) and projective (e.g., Rorschach, TAT) testing to maximize benefits from available testing.

Also, I offer academic-related assessments to children, adolescents, and adults. Topics of this type of assessment include, but not limited to, aptitude, achievement, intelligence, learning disabilities, ADHD, or other developmental disorders.

I would like to exemplify how assessment can be of utility. There are a number of people who struggle academically and have difficulty reaching their full intellectual potential due to learning disabilities or ADHD. It is not that they are incapable but interfered by symptoms from developmental disorders. These people will likely greatly benefit from proper treatment, academic accommodations, and skills building. Assessment can assist in identifying an accurate diagnosis and developing optimal treatment plans and suggestions for academic accommodations that may be available in academic or testing settings (e.g., extended time for testing for individuals with ADHD).

Additionally, I specialize in the forensic-clinical assessment in the below:

  • Social Security Disability: Psychological evaluation is an integral part of the application for social security disability in that it offers relevant clinical information in its aid in the decision of eligibility for disability based on mental illness (e.g., organic neurocognitive disorders, cognitive limitations, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, etc.)
  • Incompetent to Stand Trial: A defendant who appears unable to stand in court and work with his attorney seemingly due to mental illness is usually evaluated for legal competency and if found to be incompetent, the person will likely be admitted to state facility for restoration of competency.
  • Insanity (Guilty but Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity): A defendant with criminal charges may raise an issue of insanity to be free from criminal responsibility for his crime based on his mental illness. If this defense strategy is successful, the person will be sent to state facility for treatment instead of serving time in corrections until being deemed safe to the community.
  • Violence Risk Assessment: This type of evaluation can be helpful in investigating risk factors for future dangerous behavior and considerations for successful supervision and management, and is often utilized on persons on conditional release (e.g., parole and probation)
  • Grave Disability/Conservatorship
  • Child Custody: In cases where divorcing parties do not reach an agreement on issues of child custody or serious concerns are raised in the divorcing parties’ capacity for parenting, an psychological evaluation for child custody is administered to help court decide custody arrangements.For forensic evaluations, I recommend that your legal representative or attorney directly contacts me to refer your case and address referral questions for assessment. However, I welcome general questions, so please feel free to contact me.