Lauren Stevenson, PsyD., Director
Pasadena, CA

Capstone Psychological Services

Assessment Services

Assessment Services

Psychological assessment is an important way to learn information about a person. An assessment usually includes an interview, collateral information with permission from the client or parent (such as from records or interviews with parents, spouses, teachers, or previous therapists or physicians), observational data, and psychological tests.

Psychological tests can be conducted to assist with determining diagnoses, identify learning disabilities, help provide intellectual and academic performance information, and increase awareness of personality characteristics that can influence and affect one’s life. Such assessments also allow for direct feedback and individualized treatment recommendations based upon the results. Such information can be used to receive special accommodations, learn new decision making strategies, provide focused treatment plans, and make overall positive changes in a person’s life.

We offer many types of evaluations at Capstone Psychological Services, including:

Diagnostic Assessment

  • Areas of functioning, impairment, and diagnosis are determined
  • Individualized treatment recommendations are provided
  • Can be helpful when clients need accurate diagnoses to help with treatment planning

Psychoeducational Evaluations

  • Independent Educational Evaluations are provided to comprehensively evaluate a student's strengths and areas of needed improvement, in addition to determining whether the individual has a disability that would qualify under IDEA for special education services
  • Comprehensive Psychological Evaluations are also commonly utilized to determine eligibility for accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in various college and University settings.
  • Our psychoeducational assessments are also commonly designed to meet or exceed the testing criteria for many types of standardized exams, including the SAT, ACT, GRE, LSAT, California State Bar Exam, MCAT, GMAT, Nursing Exam, Pharmacy Exam, Dental Exam, among others.

    Testing accommodations on standardized examinations frequently include: extended time on tests, ability to test in a minimally distracting environment, extra and/or extended breaks, readers or audio-recordings of exam questions, use of a computer, and more.

Cognitive/Intellectual Assessment

  • Intelligence tests are conducted
  • Cognitive strengths and areas in need of development are identified
  • Specific cognitive domains can be assessed, such as memory and attention 
  • Individualized recommendations are made for improved use in daily living, educational settings, and/or within work settings

Forensic Assessment

The clinical psychologists at Capstone Psychological Services have expertise, training, and postdoctoral experience in Forensic Psychology. Our clinicians provide psychological assessment and evaluations tailored to a variety of legal questions and expert testimony in areas such as:

  • Capacity to waive Miranda rights
  • Competency to Stand Trial
  • Criminal Responsibility
  • Risk Assessment
  • ​​Mitigating Circumstances for custody evaluations 

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Evaluation

  • Comprehensive evaluations are conducted, including testing, to determine whether a person meets the criteria for a diagnosis of ADHD
  • Individualized recommendations for treatment are identified
  • Individualized reports are provided, including documentation (as appropriate) for special accommodations

Neurocognitive Testing

  • Neuropsychological evaluations are conducted for a range of cognitive deficits and traumatic brain injury
  • Specific cognitive domains, such as memory, executive functioning, motor functioning, language processing, and attention are assessed
  • Individualized recommendations are made for treatment, to aid in diagnostic clarification, and to assess for areas of cognitive strengths and deficits