Psychological Testing

CReATE-session2Psychological testing is a comprehensive evaluation procedure that measures and identifies important information about an individual’s current level of functioning. The terms “psychological,” “psychoeducational,” “neuropsychological,” “diagnostic,” and other variations are often used interchangeably to describe the individual assessment process and may depend more on the training of the psychologist who is conducting the evaluation than the term used to label the evaluation. A neuropsychological evaluation is often considered the most comprehensive evaluation, and typically involves assessment of underlying brain functions, although in some circumstances, the social-emotional and/or psychological aspects of the individual may not be routinely assessed. A psychoeducational evaluation may be more focused on academic achievement and general cognitive abilities, although a thorough psychoeducational evaluation may include many of the same tests as a neuropsychological evaluation, and a similar approach to interpretation (domain specific). A psychological evaluation often focuses on the diagnosis of a specific neurodevelopmental or mental disorder, including a detailed investigation of a child’s developmental, medical, social, and psychological functioning along with a series of standardized parent, teacher, or self-report measures.

The psychologists of CReATE provide comprehensive psychological and psychoeducational evaluations that are focused on the needs of the child, adolescent, or adult. We assess neuropsychological functioning (e.g. memory, attention, executive functions, motor functioning, etc), social-emotional and behavioral functioning, as well as cognitive and academic abilities. Our comprehensive psychological evaluation could be considered psychological, neuropsychological or psychoeducational in nature. Those who have used our services in the past often comment about the thoroughness and comprehensive nature of our evaluations.

The psychologists of CReATE have extensive clinical experience and expertise in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders, mental health disorders and other conditions. Collectively, we specialize in the evaluation and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, dementia, behavioral disorders, pediatric cancer, hemophilia, ADHD, learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, traumatic event exposure and related conditions, substance abuse/addiction and dual diagnosis, and the provision of empirically-supported treatments. We conduct psychological evaluations for various programs in the western North Carolina region including wilderness therapy programs, therapeutic boarding schools, and substance abuse treatment centers. We also conduct individualized evaluations for children and adolescents in Asheville and the surrounding western North Carolina region.