Psychological Tests, Assessments & Neuropsychological Evaluations


Dr. O’Connor, a Toronto psychologist, uses psychological tests and assessment tools to assess children, adolescents and young adults.  Her services increase understanding of various psychological concerns that present in her young clients and their families, and lead to evidence based solutions to address them. 

Her services include:

Psychological Tests & Assessments

Psychological Assessments   "get to the root" of adolescent or child problems, or those that are of concern to a young adult, and lead to evidence based solutions to address them. The psychological assessment provides information on how the child, adolescent or young adult is doing compared to others his age across a range of developmental domains. This includes the social, emotional and behavioral domains, as well as the cognitive/learning and academic areas.

The psychological assessment explores the young person's  strengths, and where his or her challenges and needs lie.  A psychological assessment uncovers the nature and extent of a young person's concerns, and what is contributing to and/or maintaining them. It also leads to evidence based solutions to address them. 

Dr. O'Connor's Psychological Assessments integrate a school neuropsychological component into the assessment piece, and applies  this component to the intervention strategies that follow from it.    

A Psychological Assessment helps promote "positive outcomes" in the child, adolescent or young person despite the challenges he or she faces.

To learn more about our Psychological Assessments, click here.

School Neuropsychological Evaluations

Often the young people Dr. O'Connor  works with require something more comprehensive than a psycho-educational or psychological assessment. They may also benefit from a thorough understanding of the neuropsychological issues that underlie their concerns. Neuropsychological issues often lie at the heart of a range of issues, including social, emotional and behavioral problems, as well as school, cognitive and learning issues. 

Dr. O'Connor offers School Neuropsychological Evaluations to her clients in Toronto and the surrounding area. School Neuropsychological Evaluations rely on various psychological tests to assess  the young clients neuropsychological functions. The psychological tests included within this category  assess Sensory-Motor Functions; Attentional Processes; Visual Spatial Processes; Language Processes; Memory & Learning Processes; Executive Functions and Speed & Efficiency of Cognitive Processing.

A School Neuropsychological Evaluation also assesses Cognitive and Academic functioning, as well as Social, Behavioral and Emotional concerns, including trauma related issues.

Areas of concern in the young person may include:

  • TBI/concussion and/or other acquired or congenital brain damage.
  • Medical concerns, including medications and their effects, learning disabilities and/or suspected neurocognitve-processing weaknesses.
  • Neurodevelopmental risk factors (prenatal exposure to drugs/alcohol and/or low birth weight and prematurity; attachment and/or trauma based issues.

School neuropsychology applies neuropsychological and educational principles to assessments and interventions with children, adolescents and young adults. The goal is to increase understanding of the nature and extent of any neurological deficits the young person exhibits, and to facilitate learning, psychological development and appropriate coping behaviors at school, at home and in the community.

To learn more about our School Neuropsychological Evaluations, click here.

Trauma/Attachment Based Assessments

The psychological  tests and assessment approaches that are the focus of this category, address the needs of young people who have experienced a single acute traumatic event, like a motor vehicle accident, or who have endured more chronic, ongoing or complex trauma. Regardless of the nature of the trauma, many of the children who experience either a single traumatic event, or more chronic, complex trauma, often show social, emotional, behavioral, and/or learning concerns.

Issues associated with complex trauma include attachment based problems, for example, children who were adopted post infancy, and/or whose life circumstances have prevented the development of a secure attachment bond. Concerns might also relate to the trauma children endure in families where parental problems are at issue. This might  include parental problems like alcoholism and/or other addictive behaviors, or mental health concerns. This focus also addresses the trauma associated with bullying, including by a sibling or peers. 

In addition, psychological tests and processes applied in this category address the trauma linked to  a single acute traumatic event, like a motor-vehicle accident, and the symptoms associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 

To learn about child trauma click here.

Social, Emotional and Behavioral Assessments

These assessments address a range of concerns in young people. These include acting out and impulse control problems, aggressive behaviors or problems with emotional regulation. Issues related to internalizing concerns  such as depression, anxiety and withdrawal are also addressed.   

Consultations

Dr. O'Connor offers consultations to parents, professionals and organizations. To learn more about her consultations, click here.

Book and Resources

Dr. O'Connor has created products/resources to help increase understanding of child, youth and family problems, and how to address them and promote positive outcomes in children, youth and their families.

Dr. O'Connor is the author of I CAN BE ME. This book helps children who are experiencing family stress and includes a focus on Children of Alcoholic and Drug Addicted Parents.

Click here, to learn more about this book and how it can help you to help children.

Dr. O'Connor is writing a book on "Financial Elder Abuse". This book will focus on the psychological concerns that intersect with this issue, and how to prevent and address this horrific and growing crime. 

Presentations, Training Sessions and Work Shops

Dr. O'Connor offers Training and Work Shops for parents and professionals.

For a representative sample of Dr. O'Connor's presentations click here.