Dr. Buchanan custom-designs psychological evaluations to address your specific issue or problem. Because of this, the time it takes to complete the evaluation varies widely. On the short end, he can do a brief evaluation to assess the effects of stimulant medication to treat ADHD in about an hour (provided he has a previous baseline assessing one’s attention off medication). On the long end, a neuropsychological evaluation may take 12 to 15 hours of testing, spread out over several sessions. The most typical evaluation takes about a full day of testing.
Usually during the week following testing Dr. Buchanan will sit down with you and go over the test results in detail. During this time he will provide a diagnosis if applicable and make recommendations as to how you can best address the particular issue or problem. Dr. Buchanan believes that the feedback session for the assessment results is often the most important and useful session he has with an individual or the family! Within the following few weeks he will also provide a detailed written report of the assessment results.
Psychological evaluation fees are based on the amount of time needed to perform the initial interview, administer the tests, score and interpret the results, provide oral feedback of the results and write a detailed report of the findings. The cost of the evaluation varies depending on what needs to be done and the amount of time it takes. Dr. Buchanan is also available for consultation with schools, attorneys, etc. For more information about fees, click here.
The typical psychological evaluation report is usually 12 to 15 pages long. Scores and documentation are included in the report. Most written reports will have the following sections (if applicable):
Reason for Referral
Attention and concentration / executive functioning
Summary and Impressions
Diagnosis (DSM-5 / ICD-10)
Neuropsychological evaluations typically have the same sections in the report as listed above but with a more specific neuropsychological focus. In addition, neuropsychological evaluations will most often include the following sections under Assessment Results:
Below is a checklist for learning issues you may want to consider: