Psychology has a long tradition of scientific research on human behavior and personality. Through this research, a multitude of psychological assessment scales have been developed to objectively and precisely measure various aspects of psychological functioning and personality characteristics.
Intellectual ability (IQ) – IQ is useless as a comparative measure of intelligence, without knowing which test was used to obtain the score. There are many other ability tests that measure intellectual functioning.
Memory functioning - Memory can be impaired without demonstrated decline in intellectual ability. There are several scales of memory assessment, as well as scales that are designed to measure malingered memory problems, and different types of memory.
Personality traits – A different combination of personality characteristics contributes to the vast range of individual differences we observe. Some personality tests are designed to describe personality differences among “normal” individuals, while others are designed to identify abnormal patterns of personality, and others are designed to identify specific “personality disorders”.
Motivational factors – Psychologists have developed a tests of motivation, which help to identify what is important to different people in predicting or influencing their behavior.
Life stress issues – We can assess the effects of stress on different individuals in various settings and identify people who will need additional help to manage certain problems.
Pathological psychological problems – Psychological tests exist to measure Depression, Anxiety, Paranoia, Psychopathic deviance, Schizophrenia, Personality disorders, and many other clinical conditions.
Neuropsychological problems – We can identify the extent of brain damage suffered during a trauma be measuring the behavioral deficits and personality changes that have developed. These tests provide valuable information about the extent of injuries to the bran as well as providing a direction for rehabilitation for individuals with brain injuries.
Relationship conflicts – Relationship conflicts can result from competing personality styles, differences in values or differences in attitudes. We can administer tests to couples in order to highlight potential problem areas in the relationship. This is a valuable aid when helping couples resolve relationship problems.
Sensori-motor problems – Psychologists have developed assessment scales to identify these sensory problems. These tests results help plan the course of an illness, or measure progress in cognitive rehabilitation.
Child abuse risk factors – The identification of risks factors, and the design of tests to measure those factors are used to lower the incidence of abusers. This leads to greater safety for children, and better treatment of the abusers.
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At Holistic Health Center for Personal Growth and Healing, owned by Dr. Kristie Doheny, a NYS Licensed Clinical Psychologist, we provide expert psychological evaluation services, counseling services as well as psychotherapy.
We at Holistic Health Center for Personal Growth and Healing, are often engaged as experts to assess emotional factors to related personal injury litigation, automobile accident (no fault), etc. We assess specific emotional factors that might result from traumatic injury, such as post-traumatic stress, depression, chronic pain, anxiety or panic attacks. In a head injury is present, we may include neuropsychological assessment to evaluate memory dysfunction, or other types of cognitive impairment which may coincide with the physical injuries. We may be also asked to evaluate the long term emotional impact of events, such as the impact on a child losing his or her mother.