Center for Psychological Evaluation
Welcome to the Center for Psychological Evaluation at the Albert Ellis Institute. In the tradition of over 50 years of excellence, our Center offers comprehensive psychological and psycho-educational testing to suit the needs of children, adolescents, and adults. Please explore our website to learn more information about the services we provide.
The Evaluation Process
Interviews and Testing
Based on the reason for referral and needs of the client, our staff will then develop an individually tailored battery of tests that provide a high quality and comprehensive assessment. A full psychological evaluation typically includes an in-depth clinical interview in addition to tests of cognitive abilities/intelligence, academic achievement tests, personality tests, behavior rating scales, and various scales assessing psychopathology. Typically a full evaluation can range from 6 to 8 hours and is often completed over a period of two to three visits. Information from this evaluation provides a broad view of psychological functioning, which consists of intellectual and academic strengths and weaknesses, personality patterns, and various psychological diagnoses.
Upon completion of testing, a complete psychological report is written where results of the evaluation are reported and explained. This in-depth report contains background information, test scores and interpretations, personality/behavioral functioning, and a summary with recommendations. This report is typically completed about three to four weeks following the final testing session. At this point, the client will be contacted to come to the Institute to receive the report and go over the results in an informing conference.
The final step in the evaluation process is the informing conference. The informing conference is held with the client, or client’s parents if the evaluation is for a child. During this conference the evaluating clinician will discuss the results of the evaluation, answer questions, and provide appropriate recommendations and referrals. The Director of Psychological Evaluations may periodically attend feedback sessions.
Disorders Diagnosed at the Center for Psychological Evaluation
Recommendations and Referrals
Based on the results of your evaluation, our staff will provide recommendations and treatment referrals as needed. For example, we may recommend testing accommodations or specific behavioral coping strategies to manage various disorders. We may also recommend ongoing treatment, which may include psychotherapy, psychiatric treatment/ medication evaluations, occupational therapy, speech/language therapy, and/or intensive behavioral treatment programs. In over 50 years of operation, the Albert Ellis Institute has developed relationships and a sound referral base with a range of highly respected experts in their fields.
Our highly qualified staff has extensive training and experience in cutting edge assessment approaches, including Cross-Battery Assessment. Evaluating clinicians have doctoral degrees or are advanced doctoral students with Master’s degrees in clinical and/or school psychology. All clinicians have extensive experience in psychological assessment and are supervised by licensed psychologists.
The Albert Ellis Institute proudly provides highly professional diagnostic services at a relatively lower cost for our geographic area. We also offer reduced fees for college and university students with a current and valid college/university ID. Though we do not accept insurance, you may check with your provider for out of network psychological testing coverage. We will provide documentation for you to submit to your insurance company.
For further information about the Center for Psychological Evaluation, please contact Dr. Michael Hickey at 212-535-0822. We will be happy to provide a brief phone consultation free of charge where questions can be answered and an evaluation can be scheduled if determined appropriate.