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Assessment Clinic

Assessment Clinic

The Assessment Clinic at UNC offers comprehensive testing and evaluation services for adults, children, and adolescents. Among the types of evaluations offered are:

For Adults and UNC Students

Psychological evaluation and testing for ADHD and LD, Learning Disorders.

Note: For UNC Students

UNC Chapel Hill students who are NC residents with financial need might qualify for funding for psycho-educational testing, for ADHD or Learning Disabilities. Please see more information and an eligibility screening form here.

For Children and Teens

Psychological evaluation and testing for diagnostic clarity, for example, evaluation for ADHD, bipolar disorder, and anxiety, and case formulation.

Additionally, we conduct psychoeducational testing for learning disorders, intellectual disability, giftedness, and readiness for kindergarten, for example, intelligence and achievement testing, and testing as required for accommodations on SAT or ACT.


What Can Evaluations Provide?

Psychological evaluations provide a structured, organized, and succinct description of a client’s current psychological functioning, including cognitive, behavioral, and emotional strengths and challenges. A psychological evaluation offers insight into the severity of the symptoms that a client is experiencing, as well as the capacity for achieving an adequate level of functioning.

In addition, a psychological evaluation may be used to confirm or modify the impressions formed by referring therapists or educators. Accordingly, a comprehensive evaluation can facilitate the identification of appropriate treatment goals and guide treatment decision-making as well as assist the schools with information for suitable classroom placement.

Adult university students seek evaluations for ADHD and Learning Disorders as required for accommodations at the university. Additionally, students may seek accommodations for standardized testing such as SAT, ACT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, USMLE. Additionally, helpful and practical recommendations for improvement and success will be included in the integrated report.


What Can You Expect?

Limited wait time to begin assessment. In most cases, we will be able to begin the assessment process shortly after you contact our clinic; however, wait time varies throughout the year.

Several appointments of a few hours each. Depending on the reason for the psychological evaluation, the client’s age and functioning, the clinical interview and assessments may require between two and four appointments with each one lasting a few hours.

Range of interviews, self-reports, and assessments. A comprehensive psychological evaluation begins with a clinical interview, and then includes a range of psychological tests depending on the specific nature of the presenting issues or referral questions. Psychological tests can include tests of emotional well-being, intellectual, or IQ, tests, tests of academic achievement and learning styles, tests for specific psychological disturbances and their severity.

Each protocol is individually planned and reviewed by a licensed psychologist and includes information from several key sources. Given that we are a training clinic, we plan a comprehensive battery with an array of measures – we may be able to provide more comprehensive and thorough evaluations than may be possible in a fee for service clinic. With children and adolescents, it is also important to include information from significant others, particularly parents and teachers, as well as to review prior treatment and school records.

Integrated report generally available within three to four weeks of your final assessment session. A formal integrated written report of findings and helpful and practical recommendations, including suggestions for accommodations, based on those findings will be provided.


What Does an Evaluation Cost?

We charge a set fee for the battery of tests, scoring and report writing instead of an hourly charge. This allows us to conduct very thorough evaluations, use the measures, and complete scoring and the report writing to answer the referral question at the same fee agreed upon during the screening.

If you would like to check with your insurance company about reimbursement, the CPT codes for assessments completed by a licensed psychologist are 90791, 96130, 96131, 96136 and 96137. The CPT codes for assessments done by graduate student assessors and supervised by licensed psychologist will be 90791, 96130, 96131, 96138, and 96139.

If you are planning to check with your insurance company about whether they cover any of the assessment please provide them ALL of the codes, as each assessment will utilize all of the codes, as some of them are for planning, some for interviewing, some for assessing, scoring and interpreting the test results.

Our fees are on a sliding scale based on family income:

Early Kindergarten Assessment and Gifted evaluations cost $500 – sliding fee scale available

For UNC Students – UNC Chapel Hill students who are NC residents with financial need might qualify for funding for psycho-educational testing, for ADHD or Learning Disorders. Please see more information and an eligibility screening form here.

Psycho-Educational and Psychological evaluations cost $1400 – sliding fee scale available.


How is Assessment Different from Therapy?

 AssessmentTherapy
Duration

Time-limited, several appointments of a few hours each

Weekly or bi-weekly, hour-long sessions

Goal

Gather information about symptoms and functioning to answer a specific question, for example, "Does my son meet criteria for a diagnosis of ADHD?" or "Why am I having trouble retaining information when reading?"

Applying for testing accommodations or requesting medication and need documentation.

Provide strategies and skills in the context of an ongoing therapeutic relationship to reduce distress, based on collaboration between therapist and client.

Process

Comprehensive interview, history

Psychological testing, IQ, achievement

Integrated report with feedback and recommendations

Discuss presenting concerns with therapist, in which therapist will provide skills and strategies for client to practice

Interested in becoming a client, want to make a referral, or have questions?