Psychological Testing is the study of brain-behavior relationships. Suspected or known brain structural abnormalities secondary to neurological disease or mental health disorders may alter a person’s physical, cognitive, and/or emotional status.
Psychological testing involves the evaluation of various cognitive domains using standardized assessment procedures. Those domains include, but are not limited to the following:
The psychological evaluation may be appropriate when observed or reported changes in cognitive or functional status are suspected.
Comprehensive psychological testing may also be warranted when changes in mood, behavior or personality have been documented which includes, but not limited to:
These evaluations may serve to guide treatment recommendations and further guide disposition planning. The psychological examination might also be appropriate for differential diagnosis of the following:
A psychological exam (assessment) typically involves standardized pencil and paper-based tasks assessing the aforementioned cognitive and behavioral domains. Evaluations are completed at the bedside or in an outpatient setting, according to patient needs. A review of the client’s relevant history, including family medical history, current treatments, neurodiagnostic imaging, and medications, are obtained. An interview with the patient and appropriate collateral informants (e.g., spouses, children, parents) is conducted to establish a thorough clinical picture of presenting problems and complaints.
Psychological evaluations may be brief, but often involve several hours of evaluation to establish a comprehensive profile of cognitive strengths and weaknesses.
“Having psychological testing on site for our residents, families and primary care doctors to confirm disorders like Alzheimer’s Disease has been unbelievably convenient, a service we never thought we could find.”
- LTC Director of Nursing