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Dr. Michelle Rad, Licensed Clinical Psychologist
EBC, LLC

Psychological  and Neuoropsychological Assessments

  
Some people, even those who are considered “gifted” in some areas may have difficulty in learning a specific skill/subject or in other areas like emotionally, spiritually or mentally. The cause may be uneven sets of cognitive, mental, emotional abilities. I, as a clinical psychologist will perform a battery of learning and personality tests to assess the clients’  strengths and weaknesses. Using assessments, I will determine how to best learn and/or copy with the matter at hand  and if special  accommodations are needed.

Emotional Testing
I will perform emotional testing for children, adolescents and adults to determine the cause of emotional and behavioral issues, such as depression and anxiety. Emotional testing helps the individual and their family better understand the problems they are facing.

Developmental Testing
I will evaluate infants and toddlers to determine developmental abilities. These tests help parents understand if their children are progressing through normal development or may need assistance in various areas.

Short- and Long-Term Models of Therapy
I use assessments to have a clear diagnosis of the problem and will provide the appropriate therapy based on that objective data.  I do this for adults, children, family and couples. Each person, couple or family has their individual problems. I listen to my patients and tailor the sessions for them.

Who provides evaluations at EBC, LLC?
Our evaluations are conducted exclusively by doctoral-level and licensed clinical psychologists with expertise in both psychological and neuropsychological assessments.  

How long does the evaluation take?
The length of the evaluation depends upon the age of the client and the type of evaluation mneeded. Typically, clients are evaluated in by the provider over the course of two 2-3 hour sessions, occurring on different days. Depending on the specific needs,  providers are flexible in adjusting the flow of the evaluation and are willing to bring you back in for additional appointments, as necessary, to obtain a robust picture of the your needs and strengths.

Additionally, assessment information is obtained through interviews and input provided by parents, teachers, family members, etc and during the feedback session with the client and/or their family following the evaluation. Children in first grade through age sixteen should expect at least 5-7 hours, including 4-5 hours of testing and 1-2 hour of parent feedback. Clients sixteen years and older should expect at least 6-7  hours, including 5-6  hours of testing and one  1-2 hours of feedback. If more complicated issues are presented, including social-emotional difficulties, the evaluation may take longer.  In most of our evaluations, since treatment planning and clarification of the diagnosis are the main questions, multip personality  and cognitive tools are used to find the root cause of the issues.  As such, anywhwere between 10-15 horus is expected to be used for this type of assessment. 

How long will it take before I can get the results of the evaluation?
Typically, a feedback appointment is scheduled for the week following the evaluation. An informal and  full written report will follow several weeks later for the parent and if requested from a third party, a more formal reprot will be provided as well. 


Do you file insurance for  Psychology Services?
We do  file insurance for these Psychology Services. However, if you choose to file a claim yourself, please inform our billing office, so we can help make your filing easier by providing a receipt that includes service codes, fees, payment, and diagnostic codes. Insurance companies vary in terms of reimbursement for psychological testing, 

How is a psychological evaluation with EBC, LLC different from a psycho-educational evaluation offered through the school district?
The major differences between an evaluation at  EBC, LLC and through the school district are:
The school district’s evaluation primary focus is to determine eligibility for special education services. Data obtained through these evaluations is used by a school-based team to determine eligibility for special education services under one (or more) of 13 broad eligibility areas defined by IDEA. Evaluations through EBC, LLC specifically the ones with Dr. Rad have a primary focus of answering questions like (e.g., “Does the child have dyslexia, cognitive issues,  emotional concenrs or any mental health disorderss and, if so, what interventions can be  recommend?”) . In addition,  these assessments clarify  clinical diagnoses. 


What is Psychological Assessment?
Psychological Assessment refers to the battery of tests administered to evaluate your intellectual, learning, emotional, social, personality and/or behavioral functioning. The test battery varies depending upon the referral question(s), and can include a structured interview, assessment of intellectual capability, learning/processing measures, measures of attention and memory, academic achievement measures, career interest, projective measures, self-report surveys, parent and third-party checklists, and possibly in vivo observations.

The following represents the types of assessments that are available:

Targeted ADHD Assessment 
This assessment Includes a clinical interview, review of medical and educational records as necessary, comprehensive IQ test, test of sustained attention, structured interview of ADHD symptoms and screening measures related to mood factors that impact attention (as needed). The final report includes a full explanation of the results, an accurate diagnosis, documentation of appropriate accommodations, treatment recommendations, and referral information.

ADHD Screening/Diagnostic update 
If test scores are available from the WISC-IV or WAIS-IV, or any other standardized measure that includes a cognitive working memory index, an ADHD diagnostic update may be appropriate. This evaluation includes a review of educational history and prior testing results, a test of sustained attention,
and
structured interview of ADHD symptoms. Report includes explanation of test results, an accurate diagnosis, documentation of appropriate accommodations, treatment recommendations, and referral information.


Comprehensive Psychological Assessment 
This assessment evaluates both cognitive and personality factors and includes a comprehensive clinical interview, review of all relevant medical and educational records, a full assessment of cognitive and
learningabilities (see Psych-Ed Assessment for description) plus a full evaluation of personality characteristics, mood states, behavioral functioning, and social-emotional functioning. A written report details all areas tested and provides an accurate diagnoses.  Appropriate accommodations are documented and treatment recommendations and referral information are provided. A feedback session is also included, in-office, over the phone, or over email, depending on the client's preference.

Psychological Assessment 
This assessment evaluates both cognitive and personality factors and includes a comprehensive clinical interview, review of all relevant medical and educational records, plus an evaluation of personality characteristics, mood states, behavioral functioning, and social-emotional functioning. A written report details all areas tested and
provides
an accurate diagnoses. Appropriate accommodations are documented and treatment recommendations and referral information are provided. A feedback session is also included, in-office, over the phone, or over email, depending on the client's preference.

Neuropsychology relates to the cognitive, behavioral, and emotional deficits resulting from patterns of cognitive strengths and weakness in someone with difficulties often associated psychiatric (e.g., depression), neurodevelopmental (e.g., autism spectrum), and neurocognitive (e.g., traumatic brain injury) disorders. This requires post-doctoral training and supervision in addition to a clinical pre-doctoral internship.   

A neuropsychological assessment differs from the psychological evaluations conducted by a clinical psychologist. A clinical psychologist will assess a child's history, intellectual abilities, basic academic skills, and conduct a personality assessment. This type of assessment does not include tests to reliably capture cognitive difficulties associated with attention, memory, learning, or executive functioning weaknesses. 

Unlike Traditional Psychological Evaluations, Neuropsychological Evaluations:
Use a series of tests to assess various areas of cognition and behavior. These areas include: memory, attention, learning, processing speed, and abstract reasoning. This information is linked back to brain structures, to provide information regarding the impact of any identified areas of difficulty on a person's everyday functioning.
Include detailed investigation of a child's developmental, medical, social, and psychological history. This is in addition to an extensive testing battery that examines intellectual, academic, attention, executive functioning, language, visuospatial, visuoconstructional, memory, and fine motor skills.

The results of a neuropsychological assessment are intended to identify not merely any intellectual or learning difficulties, but also any other cognitive or psychological difficulty that may be a contributing to an adolescent’s profile.

EBC, LLC utilizes neuropsychological assessments along with psychological evaluations to provide patients with the most informatice, practical and useful  assessment process possible.