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, the person is provided with 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 for steps you can take with this new information.

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


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


There is a standard fee of $25 for the first session. Fees for the assessment and feedback sessions are determined on a sliding-scale basis, according to your ability to pay.

How to Contact the Assessment Clinic:

To contact the Assessment Clinic about an appointment or to learn more about our services, please call (765) 494-6977. A staff person will take your name and contact information so that the clinic coordinator can return your call and help determine whether our clinic will be a good fit for your concerns.

Who comes to the Purdue Psychology Treatment and Research Clinics and why?

Our services are available to any child or adult in the Lafayette and West Lafayette community and surrounding areas. Our clients are served through specialty clinics that provide evidence-based assessment and psychotherapy. In addition to the Assessment Clinic, the Purdue Psychology Treatment and Research Clinics provide psychological services in these other clinics:

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