Types of Psychological Assessments
Personality Testing (MMPI2, MMPIA, BASC3)
These tests are completed either by the adult, adolescent or parent (about their student). This measures degrees or severity of anxiety, depression, socialization, drug/alcohol use, Bipolar/mood, impulsivity and psychotic disorders (schizophrenia). Personality tests can also be used to measure improvement in these areas due treatments such as neurofeedback, biofeedback and medication.
Intelligence (IQ) Testing (WAIS, WISC)
These tests measure children, adolescents & adults intelligence or IQ. This can be used to assess a person’s giftedness and their cognitive strengths & weakness. Certain pattens on IQ tests can be used to support diagnosis of ADHD, Aspergers & Autism. IQ tests are usually requested to support approval of accommodations for standardized exams (SAT, ACT, GRE, MCAT, LSAT, law boards, medical boards). IQ tests have been shown in research to improve significantly after Neurofeedback treatment (Lubar, Linden).
Achievement Testing (WAIT)
These tests measure individual’s achievement or acquired learning in academic areas such as Reading, Reading Comprehension, Math Calculation, Math Problem Solving, Spelling, Written Language, Expressive Language and Oral Language. Comparisons of IQ & Achievement test results can identify specific learning disabilities in these areas. A significant discrepancy between IQ & Achievement is required to acquire an IEP in schools and accommodations on standardized exams (SAT, ACT, GRE, MCAT, LSAT, law boards, medical boards) and in higher education (high school, college, graduate schools).
Continuous Performance & Computerized Memory Tests
These tests measure children, adolescents & adults’ attention, impulsivity, memory and reaction time. They are used to assess deficits that can confirm ADD/ADHD, processing disorders (visual & auditory), memory (resulting from head injuries & dementia). These tests are used to objectively measure improvements in these areas due to treatments.
Behavior Rating Scales/Questionnaires (ADHD, Aspergers, Autism, Concussions)
These tests are completed by parents/teachers for students and adults/significant others for adults. They measure the degree or severity of symptoms of ADD, ADHD, Aspergers, Autism, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Social Skills, Communication, and Social Anxiety. They can be used to measure subtle improvements due to treatments such as biofeedback, neurofeedback and medication. However, they are not sufficient for diagnosing as they are subjective, only measure symptoms and can be similar for many different disorders (i.e. ADHD, Aspergers, Anxiety).