Psychological Assessment and Testing
Does your child struggle at school? Do you have difficulties staying focused and concentrating while at work? Is learning a struggle for you or for your child? Have you noticed recent changes in your work performance or in your child’s school performance? Would you like to understand more about how you think about and relate to others?
Psychological assessment is often used to explore these questions, and Dr. Morris has developed specialized skills in psychological evaluation and testing with children, adolescents, and adults. His unique commitment to this area of psychology sets him apart from many mental healthcare professionals who provide only treatment. Based on his in depth training, Dr. Morris conducts thorough psychological evaluations with the goal of providing useful feedback to increase understanding and guide future treatment. Where appropriate, Dr. Morris develops narrative reports to explain results. In addition, most evaluations conclude with a face-to-face feedback session where Dr. Morris discusses evaluation results and recommendations, answering any questions which might remain.
Given that psychological testing can often be completed in one to two sessions, Dr. Morris is happy to arrange appointments on Saturdays or evenings so that patients do not have to take off work and parents do not have to remove children from school to complete the testing.
Are you concerned that you or a loved one might have ADHD or a learning disorder? Indicators of a potential learning disorder include:
- Decline in grades, schoolwork or work performance
- Difficulty concentrating or completing assignments or tasks
- Inability to block out distractions
The most accurate and effective way to diagnose an attention or learning disorder and develop appropriate treatment recommendations is through a psychoeducational assessment conducted by a licensed psychologist.
Psychological and psychoeducational assessments can be used to diagnose learning and/or cognitive issues and could benefit you or your child if you are experiencing:
- Academic difficulties
- A potential need for academic accommodations
- Behavioral problems
- Attention problems
- Emotional outbursts
- Frustration in completing work or school tasks
Psychological assessments at North Texas Psychology are comprehensive from start to finish, including a clinical interview, standardized IQ and cognitive testing, and a detailed report including test results, diagnosis, and recommendations regarding treatment strategies and academic accommodations (STAAR, SAT, ACT, LSAT, TEA, etc…)
Our assessments are designed to address the following issues for adults and children ages 6 and up:
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD or ADHD)
- Specific Learning Disorders
- Autism Spectrum
- Academic Disability Accommodations
- Testing Accommodations (SAT, ACT, and STAAR)
- Depression or Anxiety
- Behavioral Problems
The Evaluation Process
ADHD/Learning Disorder evaluations typically take 4-6 hours, depending on the type of exam and the person being tested. The evaluation includes a variety of activities including written and oral tests, hands-on games, and puzzles. For the evaluation of a child, the parent will be given questionnaires to complete, which provide additional information about the child and his/her personality/behaviors.
Within two weeks of the evaluation, you will attend a follow-up session to review the evaluation results and discuss diagnosis and treatment recommendations. You will be given a copy of your report at the follow-up session.
The rate for an ADHD or Learning Disorder assessment is $180 per hour. This rate includes:
- Test administration time
- Psychologist time to score/review the evaluation
- Psychologist report writing time
- Follow-up session for assessment feedback
North Texas Psychology does not accept insurance, but a detailed receipt will be provided upon request if you would like to pursue out-of-network reimbursement. Please note that reimbursement rates vary based on insurance plans. You may also use your Flex Spending Account (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA) to cover the cost of these services.
A special note for referring professionals: If you are planning to refer a patient for psychological assessment, please consider the following points. In evaluating your patients, Dr. Morris uses respected psychological measures designed to provide insight in arriving at empirically supported recommendations. These recommendations are developed to assist in guiding your treatment decisions and improving your outcomes. Understanding everything you can about your patients and their problems allows you to provide the best possible service to support their needs.