Requesting a Psychological Test
Please note that openings for psychological testing appointments may be scheduled several months after the initial referral due to the high demand of our services. You will receive a letter with more information on scheduling and wait times for testing.
Here's how to make a referral for psychological testing:
To begin the referral process, UNM Health providers will need to complete the Ad Hoc Program for Children and Adolescents (PFCA) Psychological Testing Request form.
Providers outside of the UNM Health System and concerned parents can fill out the PFCA Psychological Testing Referral Form [PDF], and fax it, along with relevant medical records and insurance information to 505-272-3466.
UNM Health offers neuropsychological testing for children who have a brain disease or have suffered brain trauma.
The UNM Center for Development and Disability conducts testing for autism spectrum disorders.
When your child is in need of psychological testing, count on UNM Health's Children's Psychiatric Center to provide comprehensive psychological testing services for children 7-18 years old. Children ages 5-6 years old may also be seen, depending on the referral question.
How a psychologist can help your child
Psychologists have specialized training in administering and interpreting the results of psychological evaluations. In addition to psychologists, who have PhDs or PsyDs, our staff also includes interns and graduate students.
The areas of emotional function that psychological testing covers includes:
- Disruptive behaviors
- Bipolar disorders
- Post-traumatic stress
Psychological tests allow a psychologist to understand the nature of a youth's challenges in order to figure out the best way to address it. These evaluations are essential to properly managing complex psychiatric conditions. An evaluation may help in:
- Forming a proper diagnosis.
- Defining thinking skills, strengths and weaknesses.
- Helping clarify changes in functioning.
- Guiding treatment for personal, educational or vocational needs.
- Making relevant recommendations to you and your health care provider(s).
Psychological testing may involve all or some of the following components, depending on the reason for testing:
- A developmental and clinical interview.
- Completion of various self, caregiver and teacher report forms.
- Cognitive assessment.
What to expect
One of our psychologists will review your request. We will then send you a letter with additional information about our psychological testing process, or with an explanation of why the referral was not accepted along with appropriate alternative referrals.