Assessment Clinic

The PPTRC Assessment Clinic provides psychological assessments for children and adults from the community who want to understand different aspects of their actions or experiences. Depending on the adult’s or child’s needs, we provide both comprehensive assessments and briefer assessments about specific areas of concern.

Areas assessed may include cognitive functioning, adaptive behavior, personality, and social-emotional functioning. Results of the assessments may be used to determine or document the presence of ADHD, learning disorders, problems with memory, autistic spectrum disorders, and other situations or conditions. When an assessment is complete, we talk over the findings with the person or family and we provide a report explaining the tests, findings, and recommendations.

Client Services Offered:

Each assessment begins with a discussion between you and your clinician about the questions you would like answered and the way you plan to use the information. You may have specific purposes in mind, such as determining whether you qualify for accommodations under IDEA or ADA, or you may be seeking greater personal understanding about your emotional or cognitive functioning. After this discussion, you and your clinician will agree on the content, scope, and charges for the assessment.

Assessments include a careful interview about your life experiences and concerns, administration of one or more objective tests and rating scales related to your concern, consideration of your strengths and difficulties, and explanation of findings with recommendations.

Depending on your reasons for asking for services, the assessment may include evaluation of one or more of these areas:

  • Intellectual functioning
  • Memory and executive functions
  • Academic achievement and learning processes
  • Attention processes
  • Social-emotional functioning
  • Behavior problems

What should I expect when I begin services?

Clients in the Assessment Clinic can expect to receive an assessment using evidence-based methods in a safe, supportive, and respectful environment that emphasizes collaboration between the clinician and family. Within the first session, you will discuss your concerns and your goals for the assessment, your clinician will briefly describe the steps that will likely help answer your questions, and you will decide how in-depth an assessment you want. If you or your clinician later identify reasons for pursuing additional questions, the two of you will talk it over and you can decide whether to stay with or modify the initial plan. The assessment itself may take one to eight or ten hours, spread across days in a way that fits your schedule. Following the assessment, you and your clinician will meet for a collaborative discussion of the findings and any recommended next steps.

Clinicians:

The Assessment Clinic is directed by Elizabeth Akey, Ph.D., HSPP, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences at Purdue University and a licensed psychologist in Indiana. Clinicians are graduate students enrolled in the Clinical Psychology doctoral programs at Purdue.

 

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