Psychological Testing

Well-being

We routinely use the Quality of Life Inventory as a measure of positive psychology to give our clients feedback on the 16 areas of life that make up human happiness and meaning in cultures around the world. For patients presenting with symptoms of mood disorders we frequently use Beck Scales, such as Beck Depression Inventory, Beck Anxiety Inventory and Beck Scale for Suicidal Ideation to confirm our diagnosis and customize treatment plan. When needed, we use a number of substance use inventories to identify the extent of our client’s addictive behaviors.

Relationship Testing

There are a number of tests that are aimed at measuring the functioning of the family, marital satisfaction and the compatibility of a couple. In our practice we often use the following tests to identify relational issues: Locke-Wallace Marital Adjustment Test, Taylor Johnson Temperament Analysis (T-JTA), Marital Satisfaction Scale and Family Relationship Inventory.

Personality Testing

There are two main types of personality tests: objective, or those involving standardized questions and answers, and projective tests which involve ambiguous questions and personalized answers. We generally administer the following battery of personality tests: at least one of the objective tests such as Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI-2), the 16PF, and the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory-III (MCMI-III); and at least one of the projective tests, such as Rorschach Inkblot Test, the Thematic Apperception Test (TAT), and the Draw-a-Person test.

Intelligence

We use the most commonly administered intelligence quotient (IQ) test, the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale, now in its Fourth Edition (WAIS-IV). It generally takes us about an hour and a half to administer it and it can be taken by anyone 16 and up. Children are administered their own version of the IQ test, Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-IV). We use other tests for recent immigrants and those who are not familiar with American culture.