Michelle LoFurno on Psychological Assessment
Dr. Michelle LoFurno discusses her role as the Director of the PCH Assessment Center, the variety of comprehensive evaluations we use to better understand each client, and how we integrate that advanced comprehension to help each client start their healing journey.
My name is Michelle Lofurno and I am a clinical psychologist and the director of the PCH Assessment Center. I obtained my doctorate in clinical psychology through the University of Hartford in Connecticut, where I obtained advanced training in psychological assessment as well as in mental health and diagnosis.
What Is A Psychological Assessment?
Psychological assessment, another way to describe it is psychological testing or a psychological evaluation and it’s basically a comprehensive process that allows us to gather information in order to answer any questions that you have about your levels of functioning or making recommendations for where to go next. So we use a variety of different standardized measures in order to gather objective data compared to the normative population to understand an individual’s level of functioning. Our process also integrates clinical interviews, collateral information through consultation with other treatment providers, with family members, and anybody else that you would like to be involved in our process so we can make sure we get the best comprehensive understanding of who you are as a person.
The PCH Assessment Center
At the PCH Assessment Center we offer a variety of comprehensive evaluations. We do comprehensive neuropsychological assessment which is an evaluation of cognitive functioning in different areas of the brain and how they work.
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We also combine those evaluations with a comprehensive psychological evaluation which looks at emotional functioning and mental health.
We also offer psychological evaluations that are a part of our neuropsychological assessments that really are focused on obtaining diagnostic clarification and getting a solid understanding of an individual’s mental health functioning in order to make treatment recommendations.
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In addition to that, we offer psychoeducational assessments which are more academic based batteries to look for learning disorders, the presence of an ADHD diagnosis, and factors that can influence learning for children, adolescents, and adults.
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We also offer abbreviated ADHD evaluations in order to confirm or deny the presence of inattentive symptoms that can look like ADHD. Sometimes the screening is sufficient in order to make medication recommendations and adjustments in psychiatric care and medication management.
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The PCH Assessment Center also offers Vocational Assessments to be able to help individuals identify a potential career path by comparing their areas of cognitive ability with their vocational interests and what they find enjoyment in. We also assess working styles, so who we are in the workplace and applying that information as well.
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And lastly our most comprehensive evaluation is the multi-disciplinary assessment which integrates a psychiatric interview along with the psychological or neuropsychological testing, so we’re able to gather some more information to be able to guide medication recommendations as integrated with our testing findings.
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Michelle LoFurno, PsyD, Director Testing Center
PCH Assessment Center provides a range of psychological assessments, each led by evaluators with extensive experience in neuropsychological and psychological testing and interpretation. You can learn more about our psychological testings and how we gain a better understanding of our client’s mental health below: