What is psychological assessment?
The purpose of psychological assessment is to understand, help, and make decisions about people. Psychologists use psychological assessments to evaluate one's level of functioning in various domains or to solve unique human problems by integrating psychological and cognitive test results with personal history, social environment, and behavioral observations.
What does a typical psychological assessment involve?
The assessment process generally involves a detailed clinical interview, behavioral observations, and a series of psychological testing. Test administrations for brief evaluations can be completed in 3-4 hours, while test administrations for comprehensive evaluations may require several sessions. After completing test administrations, the psychologist needs to score the tests, interpret the results, integrate the findings with history and behavioral observation, and generate a hypothesis to explain specific problems or to answer the referral questions. The psychologist then writes up a report with treatment recommendations. Lastly, the psychologist meets with the client again to provide feedback based on the findings from the assessment.
Dr. Kan offers the following evaluations:
Cognitive Ability and Learning Disability
Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Evaluation
Bariatric Surgery Psychological Evaluation
Immigration Psychological Evaluation
Psychological and emotional functioning
Decision-making capacity in elderly
Dr. Kan's assessment approach
Dr. Kan's approach to conducting psychological assessments is largely collaborative, strength-based, therapeutic, and culturally informed. She works closely with parents, teachers, and providers to obtain a more accurate picture of her client's history, signs, and symptoms. In addition to diagnostic clarification and treatment planning, Dr. Kan's goals in psychological assessments are to bring new insight into the client's problems and to foster positive changes in clients. She also focuses on the client's strengths to increase their self-esteem and to use their strengths to overcome their limitations.
Additionally, Dr. Kan is mindful of her patient's socio-cultural background and is sensitive to diversity consideration. Being bilingual in English and Chinese, she also conducts assessments in Cantonese and Mandarin. Dr. Kan utilizes standardized and norm-based tests as well as non-standardized tests when appropriate. Her treatment recommendations are typically realistic and practical, with relevant resources in the community or in the school systems in mind.
What are some common referral questions?
In academic or educational context
What is the student's overall level of cognitive ability? What is the student's cognitive strengths and weaknesses?
At what level is the student functioning in reading, written language, and mathematics? Does the student have a learning difficulty?
What factors are interfering with the student's progress in school?
Does the patient's behavioral problems at home or at school warrant a diagnosis, and therefore treatment, of ADHD?
Is it learning disability or some type of psychological disorder that contributes to a student's slow academic progress and danger of grade retention?
How is the student functioning socially and emotionally?
Is the patient at risk for engaging violent behavior at school?
What are some skills that the student may learn to improve his/her ability to learn?
What are some possible techniques for reducing behaviors that make learning difficult?
Patient's diagnosis remains ambiguous despite a thorough clinical interview and ongoing examination or observation.
In mental health treatment context
Diagnosis remains ambiguous despite a thorough clinical interview and ongoing examination or observation. Please assess to clarify diagnosis.
The patient has made minimal or no response to treatment intervention for undetermined reasons. Please evaluated and make relevant alterations to increase the likelihood of successful intervention.
What level of care, method of therapy, or treatment strategies are most likely to be effective for the patient? What is the likely outcome of therapy for the patient?
What problems are likely to occur during the course of therapy?
What is the patient's capacity of insight, coping style, level of resistance, degree of functional impairment, and problem complexity?
In medical context
Are there any emotional factors associated with medical complaints or chronic pain?
Is this patient a good candidate for a bariatric surgery?
How is this patient functioning as a result of possible brain abnormality? What is the extent of the deficit or disability?
Is there possible cognitive deterioration in areas such as memory, sequencing, abstract reasoning, spatial organization, and executive abilities?
What is the emotional status of a neurologically impaired patients?
What are some suggestions for treatment planning?
Psychological Assessment Fees
Currently, Dr. Kan is not taking any insurance for psychological evaluations. However, she welcomes clients who choose to pay out-of-pocket or utilize their out-of-network benefits. She can also generate a Superbill for you to bill your insurance.
The fee for psychological evaluations varies, depending on the referral questions, the types of tests, and the amount of time used. Dr. Kan's full fee is $220 per hour ($250 per hour for bilingual or monolingual evaluations completed in Cantonese and Mandarin), and each evaluation includes the clinical interview, records review (if required), test administrations, scoring, data analysis, report writing, and a one-hour feedback session.
The following is a general guideline about each type of evaluation and the number of hours estimated to complete such evaluation:
Brief evaluations: 8-12 hours
Comprehensive evaluation: 25-30 hours
Dr. Kan offers a sliding scale fee or a low-cost fee to limited clients with financial difficulties (documentation required).