Alec Baker, Psy.D.

Psychological Assessment

There are two primary categories of assessment.  These are evaluating learning disabilities and evaluating social and emotional functioning.  Learning disability evaluations identify the client’s unique learning style and diagnose any formal learning disability that may be present.  Evaluations of social and emotional functioning help characterize how the client manages their feelings and navigates interpersonal relationships.

Psychological assessment is warranted when:

  • A child is applying for a specialty/private school that requires testing for admission.
  • School performance has dropped and there is suspicion that a learning disability like ADHD or dyslexia is present, but undiagnosed.
  • A course of psychotherapy has proven ineffective.
  • Psychiatric evaluation and treatment has proven ineffective.

All psychological assessments use the data that is collected to develop a thorough set of recommendations.  Learning disability evaluations can provide justification for Individual Education Plans (IEPs), 504 plans, and school based accommodations that can help the client excel academically.  Evaluations of social and emotional functioning help provide clarity to the client who wants to understand themselves more thoroughly and/or who needs recommendations for effective treatment.

Dr. Baker administers the following tests (among others):

Learning Disability Evaluations

  • Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children – Fourth Edition (WISC-IV)
  • Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale – Fourth Edition (WAIS-IV)
  • Woodcock-Johnson tests of Achievement – Third Edition (WCJ-III)
  • Wechlser Individual Achievement Test – Third Edition (WIAT-III)

Social and Emotional Functioning evaluations

  • Rorschach Inkblot Method
  • Thematic Aperception Test (TAT)
  • Roberts Thematic Aperception Test: 2 (Roberts 2)
  • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory – Second Edition (MMPI-2)