When evaluating individuals for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or hyperkinetic disorder (HKD), it is typical to use multiple stages of assessment prior to formal diagnosis. Following assessment, formal diagnosis is based on symptomatology and conducted by secondary care specialists using validated medical classification systems (e.g., the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – 5th Edition [DSM-5]
Law Enforcement/Public Safety Evaluations:
The evaluation is actually a battery of tests that includes several components. Typically, the exam starts with a pretest self-interview or evaluation. Next comes a series of multiple-choice tests or surveys. Finally, there will usually be a sit-down interview with a psychologist with experience in public safety issues.
Fitness for Duty Evaluations:
A Fitness for Duty Assessment (FFD) is a mental health evaluation in which a psychologist performs tests and provides feedback about an employee's mental fitness to perform a specific job. These evaluations are usually done when a circumstance occurs that may impair an employee from successfully doing their job.
In addition to performing intelligence or memory testing, a psychologist performing an evaluation will interview the claimant about his or her life, family, background, thoughts, and feelings. Typically, psychologist must issue a written report to Social Security within ten days of performing the exam.
Performance assessments (sports psychology):
Psychology assessments can provide useful information about an athlete’s mental skills, communication style, sport learning preferences, competitive nature, personal motivators, leadership characteristics, personality, and level of confidence. They can be administered to individuals or teams and a scheduled feedback session can be done to review/interpret the results of your psychological test.
Career Assessment is a tool used by counselling psychologists to gather information to be used in the career planning process. Career guidance can also include evaluating how your career affects your life and how changing aspects of your professional life will influence your personal life.