What is a Psychological Evaluation?
A psychological evaluation aims to clarify diagnosis and assist in treatment planning. It does so through an in-depth clinical interview, sometimes talking to individuals close to the person being evaluated, and “tests” or “assessments”. Testing involves the use of formal tests such as questionnaires or checklists that are standardized. A psychologist determines what information to use based on the specific questions being asked.
A clinical psychologist performs psychological evaluations. He or she is a doctoral-level licensed psychologist with expertise in behavioral health. Not every psychologist performs these evaluations but rather one who has training in the use of these instruments.
Psychological evaluations helps an array of disorders, including:
- Bipolar disorder
- Schizophrenia or thought disorder