A Psychological Evaluation is a formal consultation in which a licensed psychologist conducts a clinical interview and history and administers a variety of psychological tests (e.g., the MMPI-2, the Personality Assessment Inventory) to assess a client’s mental stability, cognitive functioning, mental and emotional health, ability to tolerate stress, coping strategies, and personality with the goal of answering the specific questions which constitute the reason the client is being evaluated psychologically.
For clinical purposes, psychological evaluations are conducted in a variety of settings. These include medical settings to address medical questions, psychiatric and mental health settings to help answer questions about a patient’s psychiatric, psychological and neuropsychological status, educational settings to address questions about a student’s learning, behavioral or socio-emotional problems, and vocational settings to address questions about career aptitudes, interests, and specific disabilities.
I specialize in conducting clinical psychological evaluations required for pain patients being considered for opiate pain medication treatment, or spinal cord stimulators, and patients needing a psychological evaluation before spine surgery or bariatric surgery.
I have conducted thousands of psychological evaluations over the years in a variety of areas in addition to those mentioned above. They have included the neuropsychological assessment of brain damage, and the assessment of personality disorders, attention deficit disorder, learning problems, mental retardation, and giftedness.
Common Assessment Measures
- Mental status examination
- Clinical diagnostic interview and history
- Beck Depression Inventory
- Morey Personality Assessment Inventory
- Millon Clinical Multi-axial Inventory
- Pain Coping Inventory
- McGill Pain Questionnaire
- Continuous Performance Tests of sustained attention