Episode 6 - Psychological Assessment: Knowing What's in Play

If your child is having a difficult time in school, with friends or with her mood, a comprehensive mental health, medical, and neuropsychological assessment can have a direct impact on determining the most effective course of treatment. A complete evaluation can help you know what's in play. Is what you are seeing in your child a significant issue with executive functioning, or is your child's behavior developmentally appropriate? Is the tension your child is experiencing at school due to anxiety, or could there be an underlying learning difference? Join Mary and her guest Dr. Sharelle Baldwin for an in-depth discussion on the role of assessment in developing a comprehensive, effective treatment plan.

Sharelle Baldwin, PhD is Assessment Director at the Aspen Institute and a licensed Clinical Psychologist with specialized training in Clinical Neuropsychology. She completed a Harvard neuro-imaging internship at Massachusetts General Hospital and a 2-year post-doctoral Neuropsychology residency at the University of California, Davis Medical Center, Department of Neurology. Other areas of focus include the functional impact of brain injury and assessing for learning disabilities, ADHD, substance use disorders, and personality disorders. Dr. Baldwin is a published expert in neuropsychology and has conducted neuropsychological, intelligence, personality, and clinical assessments for a wide-array of memory disorders, behavioral, emotional, organic, personality deficiencies, and drug/alcohol use. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) with concentrations in Neuropsychology and Forensic and Police Psychology and has a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology.

Originally aired on November 27, 2012 on VoiceAmerica Radio.