Psychological Testing and Psychoeducational Assessment
Psychological Testing or a Psychoeducational Assessment by a psychologist can be extremely useful
when there is lack of clarity or understanding regarding the reasons and causes of various
emotional, psychological, learning, or behavioral problems of a child or adolescent.
Psychological testing refers to the administration of standardized tasks and procedures which allow
for a sampling of behavior, in order to understand and predict a given individual's psychological,
emotional, and behavioral functioning in a variety of settings.
Psychoeducational testing, an even more comprehensive process, includes the aforementioned, as well
as an examination of cognitive functioning and learning problems, which might impact a child or
teenagers ability to be successful in school. Psychoeducational testing can help to identify the
particular learning style of a child, and determine if there is a learning disability, cognitive
difficulties, or executive functioning problems which impede the learning process. Both
psychological testing and psychoeducational testing assists the psychologist in formulating a
mental health treatment plan and/or educational intervention strategy, and educates the school and
family about a child's needs.
Psychological and psychoeducational assessment is a comprehensive evaluation process that involves
not only the administration and interpretation of psychological tests, but also involves the
integration of information from multiple sources. Such sources include child interviews,
interviews with parents, collateral information from teachers, school educational or testing
reports, medical history, as well as information from other mental health professionals who may
have provided therapy to a child or teenager.
Following the completion of the psychological evaluation, Dr. Pickar prepares a comprehensive
written report, which is reviewed in a feedback session with the parents (teenagers may also be
included at this meeting), and can also be submitted to other professionals or schools at the