PSYCHOeducational ASSESSMENT

I provide psychoeducational assessments for teens (age 16+) and adults.  I am also a clinical supervisor for doctoral students in training at the Argosy Assessment Clinic in Alameda.

My approach is collaborative and is informed by Stephen Finn's Therapeutic Assessment model. The process entails a brief phone consultation to clarify your reason(s) for seeking an evaluation, a 50-min interview, approximately 6 hours of in-person test administration, a 50-min discussion of the results, and a comprehensive written summary in the form of a report or a letter.  In total, assessments usually take 2 weeks from the interview session to the final feedback session, depending on scheduling and the time it takes to collect all relevant information. 

Psychoeducational Assessment is often sought to answer questions about:

  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Learning Disabilities (e.g., dyslexia or dyscalculia)
  • Intelligence (IQ)
  • Academic skills and achievement
  • Executive functioning (e.g. planning and organization skills)
  • Attention, memory, and learning
  • Language and communication abilities
  • Perceptual and motor abilities
  • Developmental delays
  • Emotions, behavior, and personality

Many people use the written report for:

  • School Admission
  • Learning Accommodations at school (IEP, 504 Plans, etc.)
  • National Exam Accommodations (SAT, ACT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, etc.)
  • ADA Accommodations for work

Common referral questions include:

  • Why do I have so much trouble concentrating and staying organized?
  • Why do I keep failing tests even though I know the material?
  • Why is learning so difficult?
  • Would specific accommodations help me at school or at work?
  • Why does my child have behavioral problems at home or at school?
  • How come therapy and medication have not improved my symptoms?
  • Do I have XYZ diagnosis?
  • Can you provide me with an updated diagnosis so that I can continue to receive accommodations?