Psychological Evaluations

Dr. Tim Doty offers psychological evaluations for individuals, couples, and families for a broad range of issues.  When indicated, your counselor, school official, allied health professional, attorney or judge may suggest or require a consultation for psychological evaluation.  The process for conducting an evaluation starts with an initial consultation, in which you will have a chance to meet with an evaluator and conjointly formulate a specific, tailored plan to answer the questions associated with your needs.  Most evaluations range between two and eight hours of testing and often include an opportunity to meet with the evaluator to discuss findings in a final feedback session (legal/court matters sometimes do not include a final feedback session—findings may be presented directly to an attorney or judge).

You may elect to participate in an evaluation for a number of reasons, including:

  • Understanding barriers to optimum performance in educational or vocational settings (children or adults) and developing a treatment plan to address those barriers
  • Confirm or enhance treatment considerations of referring therapists or teachers
  • Identify further directions for therapy (when “stuck”)
  • Provide insight into the presence or severity of individual emotional, cognitive, or personality concerns that are impacting functioning
  • Provide greater clarity and understanding of the way you engage in interpersonal relationships (“why do I…?”)
  • Prepare for committed relationships or marriage (first or subsequent relationships) by understanding both partners’ contributions and expectations
  • Court or attorney advised/mandated evaluation to answer specific questions for the trier of fact

Some common evaluation scenarios include:

ADHD Evaluation/Testing

Since there is no one test that can diagnose or rule-out the presence of ADHD in a child or adult, we adhere to common best-practice standards and utilize a “multimodal” approach to assessing ADHD.  This means, we use a combination of interview and history gathering; subjective rating scales from multiple observers (school, work, caretakers, self-evaluation); and computerized objective measures.  We then gather and interpret data, rule-out other possible explanations for the concerning behavior, and present information to the individual or family by means of an interactive feedback session and an integrated written report for your benefit.  Referrals for additional services will be provided.

Behavioral Evaluation

Parents and educators may desire to better understand behavioral concerns of children.  This evaluation helps rule-out or diagnose, if appropriate, issues such as Autism-spectrum disorders, anxiety, depression, or even Learning Disorders as an explanation of behavior in the classroom, home, or other domains.  A behavioral evaluation may include a process of ruling-out ADHD as an explanation of issues.  A similar “multimodal” approach to ADHD evaluations is used in behavioral evaluations.

Individual Personality Evaluation

The evaluation is a collaborative investigation which helps the client understand more fully why they engage in interpersonal relationships they way they do.  The process includes an initial evaluation to assess goals of the evaluation.  Common personality tests may then be employed (such as and MMPI).  Emphasis will be placed on what is working well in the clients’ approach to relationships and feedback will be provided to help correct unhelpful patterns.

Personality Tests/Evaluations can also be useful in helping churches and other business select, hire, or ordain individuals whom they can trust to be forthcoming and open about their strengths and limitations for the specific job requirements.

Couples Relationship Preparedness

Dr. Tim provides premarital and relationship assessment to couples considering making lasting commitments to one another.  The PREPARE/ENRICH  assessment tool is often utilized to encourage the couple to have conversations about what research has shown to be important factors for successful marriages.

Cognitive Ability Evaluation

Cognitive evaluations may be considered for individuals who are experiencing changes in their cognitive capacity and functioning or who need to verify cognitive abilities for the purposes of Learning Disorder evaluations or for third parties (group homes, schools, government documentation, legal competence).  The result of cognitive testing is typically an IQ score, but also can be informed by adaptive behavior evaluations or achievement evaluations to determine level of functioning or learning styles.

Legal/Forensic Evaluations

This is a broad category that includes assessments and evaluations performed at the request of attorneys, judges, triers of fact.  These evaluations may be voluntary or required.  Dr. Tim performs a number of forensic evaluations including (but not limited to):

  • Child custody evaluations
  • Cognitive and Personality Evaluations for criminal or civil court matters
  • Competency evaluations
  • Risk of harm to self or others
  • Evaluation of barriers to following legal advice