Psychological assessment is a speciality of Dr. Salerno. Using psychological tests and observations of behavior, Dr. Salerno measures a client’s current functioning and arrives at a diagnosis that can guide treatment and make recommendations for accommodations.
Cognitive and Achievement Testing
Understanding one’s cognitive ability, beyond a simple intelligence test score, involves a complex series of measurements about cognition in various domains. An understanding of attention and memory, as well as basic achievement skills including reading and math might improve understanding of one’s ability. This is useful for both children having problem in school as well as older adults who have a history of traumatic brain injury (TBI), stroke, or dementia.
Personality and Behavioral Assessment
Personality influences behavior across the lifespan. Understanding deep personality dynamics can help inform psychotherapy and help individuals find their place in the world.
An individual who presents with “problems maintaining their attention” could have ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD, or any number of other issues. Knowing what is wrong based on an accurate diagnosis is essential for good treatment to begin.
Assessment includes interpreting the results in light of a detailed past developmental, educational and medical history. This information is key to understanding your the examinee’s unique situation.