Psychological Assessments

Attorneys, mental health professionals, hospitals, employers, and schools often ask psychologists to evaluate a person. In a legal setting, this request is to provide expert opinions on a variety of court matters or to help attorneys represent their clients and to help judges and juries make decisions about various psycholegal issues.

The basis for this testimony is typically the psychological evaluation. In a clinical setting, a patient often voluntarily seeks help because of psychological distress. An evaluation may be performed to make a diagnosis, to provide a general level of functioning, and to develop a treatment plan.

A standard psychological evaluation usually involves expert opinion based upon clinical interviews, psychological testing, and collateral data (information obtained from a third party.) The inclusion of psychological testing is often regarded as the hallmark of these evaluations and differentiates a psychological evaluation from a psychiatric evaluation.

Psychiatrists are not formally trained in the administration and interpretation of many psychological tests. Since many forensic evaluations need an in-depth understanding of a person's personality, emotional, and cognitive abilities, psychological tests are administered.

Some of the areas in which I perform evaluations are:

  • Child Custody Evaluations
  • Parental Fitness
  • Bonding Evaluations
  • Parent Coordination
  • Grandparent Visitation Evaluations
  • Child Abuse Evaluations
  • Adoption Readiness Evaluations
  • Relocation Evaluations
  • Termination of Parental Rights
  • Competency Evaluations
  • Detection of Malingering–Symptom Magnification
  • Disability Determinations
  • Employment Discrimination or Harassment
  • Guardianship
  • Independent (medical) Examinations (IME's) (Psychological)
  • Malpractice
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Diagnostic Assessment
  • Treatment Planning
  • Dementia Assessment
  • Personality/Emotional Tests
Contact Dr. Kohutis: (973) 716-0174