The use of psychological testing gives psychologists a large advantage over many other mental health professionals. Psychological assessment is a powerful tool, but its helpfulness depends upon the skill and knowledge of the clinician administering and interpreting the test data. When used wisely and in a cautious manner, a psychological assessment can help a person learn more about him/herself and gain valuable insights. This knowledge can then be applied in diagnosis clarification or treatment planning.
What are psychological tests?
- Tests are samples of behavior.
- Tests do not directly reveal traits or capacities, but may allow inferences to be made about th
e person being examined.
- Tests should have adequate reliability and validity.
- Test results should be interpreted in light of the person’s cultural background, primary language, and any handicapping conditions.
- Test results are dependent on the person’s cooperation and motivation.
- Test results should be interpreted in relation to other behavioral data and to case history information, never in isolation.
- Test administration should only be performed by a trained clinician who is competent in the area of psychological assessment.
- Psychological assessment is never focused on a single test score or number. (PsychCentral)
Testing performed by Dr. Deters
- Intelligence, Executive and Adaptive Functioning
- Educational and Achievement Aptitude
- Assessment of Behavioral and Impulsivity Dysregulation
- Assessment of Emotional and Personality Problems
- Assessment of Social Competency
- Treatment Planning Evaluations for Counseling/Medication Efficacy