Diagnostic Testing & Assessment

Assessments for kids, teens, adults, & seniors

Brookside Psychologists offers psychological assessments to clarify mental health conditions, disability issues, and mental health diagnoses, such as depression, anxiety disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, or chronic pain.

The practice also provides psychoeducational assessments for identification of learning disabilities and provision of recommendations regarding work and academic accommodations.

Our clinicians provide specialized neuropsychological assessment and treatment planning with a primary focus on recovery from traumatic brain injury (TBI) and concussion as well as identification of developmental issues (such as Autism Spectrum Disorder) or neurodegenerative issues (such as Alzheimer’s or other dementias).

Medical-legal examinations are provided by psychologists with a range of clinical and research experience in the areas of traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, or stroke.  Assessment following automobile accidents are provided, including Catastrophic Impairment assessments. Insurer Examinations are available, as well as psychovocational assessment.

Burlington & St. Catharines

Burlington, St. Catharines, & Owen Sound

Burlington, St. Catharines, & Owen Sound

Assessments Offered

What is a Psychological Assessment?

A psychological assessment is a type of examination by a psychologist, aimed at clarifying the following:

  • mental health functioning
  • mental health diagnosis (like depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, for example)
  • prognosis (is the condition likely to improve?)
  • treatment recommendations
  • conclusions regarding ability to return to school or work

What’s involved?

A psychological assessment typically involes a 1.5 to 2 hour interview with the client as well as possible follow up interview with someone who knows the client well.

Testing involves self-report questionnaires that ask about personality characteristics, symptoms (such as mood changes, memory issues, relational difficulties, and pain for example), and functioning.

Following completion of the assessment, a report is prepared that contains information about the presenting problem(s), the results of the assessment, diagnoses, prognosis, and treatment recommendations.

Clients are often invited to a 1-hour feedback session with the clinician to review the report, to talk about the conclusions, and to discuss any treatment planning.

Toll Free: 1 (844) 405-5300

Our Psychological Assessors

Licensed Clinical Psychologists

Dr. Narmeen Ammari

Clinical Psychologist & Neuropsychologist (Adults, Seniors)

Ms. Jean Dennis, Ph.D.

Therapist (Children, Teens, Adults, Seniors)

Dr. Carol-Anne Hendry

Clinical Psychologist (Children, Teens, Adults)

Mr. Taylor Hatchard

Therapist

Dr. Lorah Pilchak Harley

Psychologist (Children, Teens, Adults)

Dr. Elmar Gardizi

Clinical Psychologist & Neuropsychologist (Adults & Seniors)

Dr. Eva Muharib

Psychologist & Neuropsychologist (Supervised Practice) (Adults, Seniors)

Dr. Lesley Miller

Practice Director, Clinical Psychologist & Neuropsychologist (Adults)

Dr. Cheval Chez-Roy Birchwood

Clinical Psychologist (Adults)

Our Psychoeducational Assessments

At Brookside Psychologists, our licensed Psychologists provide diagnostic testing for individuals from four years of age through adulthood. An assessment can address the following issues:

Each child is different, and evaluations are tailored to the specific referral question.

Toll Free: 1 (844) 405-5300

Our Psychoeducational Assessment Providers

Dr. Carol-Anne Hendry

Clinical Psychologist (Children, Teens, Adults)

Ms. Jean Dennis, Ph.D.

Therapist (Children, Teens, Adults, Seniors)

Dr. Nicole Law

Neuropsychologist (Children, Teens)

Dr. Lorah Pilchak Harley

Psychologist (Children, Teens, Adults)

What is a Psycho-Vocational Assessment?

A Psychovocational Assessment is intended to “match” a person’s abilities (aptitudes, skills) with the specific reasoning and learning requirements of a job or training goal. It involves testing cognition (intelligence, memory, attention, organization skills, etc.), emotional and behavioural functioning, and work/academic interests.

This type of assessment is often requested for persons who are unable to return to work in their typical job or lifestyle activities due to the restrictions imposed by an injury.

A vocational assessment can also help to identify vocational alternatives that are consistent with a person’s aptitudes, interests, skills, and physical abilities.

Toll Free: 1 (844) 405-5300

Our Psychovocational Assessment Providers

Dr. Lesley Miller

Practice Director, Clinical Psychologist & Neuropsychologist (Adults)

Dr. Elmar Gardizi

Clinical Psychologist & Neuropsychologist (Adults & Seniors)

Dr. Narmeen Ammari

Clinical Psychologist & Neuropsychologist (Adults, Seniors)

Dr. Eva Muharib

Psychologist & Neuropsychologist (Supervised Practice) (Adults, Seniors)

What is a Neuropsychological Assessment?

The purpose of a neuropsychological assessment is to determine the presence and severity of any cognitive, emotional, and/or behavioural  difficulties associated with possible brain damage (from things like a traumatic brain injury or stroke), brain disease (like a brain tumor or Alzheimer’s dementia, for example), severe mental illness (like chronic severe depression or psychosis), or developmental condition (such as Autism Spectrum DisorderADD/ADHD, Learning Disability).

What’s Involved in a Neuropsychological Assessment?

Neuropsychological assessments involve testing of cognition (for example, memory, attention, language, problem solving), emotional functioning (through self-report questionnaires asking about mood, relationships, etc.), and behaviour.

A neuropsychological assessment can involve 1 to 3 days of testing (with breaks of course!). During the first meeting, a clinical interview is conducted (about 1.5 to 2 hours). Then, the client is asked to complete some self-report questionnaires asking about symptoms, personality, and functioning. For the majority of the assessment, time is spent completing all sorts of cognitive tests. Most of these tests are done with an examiner sitting across the table from you (called a “psychometrist”). Some of the tests are done on the computer.

Because the assessment can be lengthy, some people prefer to break the assessment up across a few days. Others prefer to complete it in 1 or 1.5 days.

Please let us know if there is anything you need to make your assessment more manageable or comfortable. We are happy to accommodate as best we can!

1 (844) 405-5300

Our Neuropsychologists

Licensed Neuropsychologists

Dr. Lesley Miller

Practice Director, Clinical Psychologist & Neuropsychologist (Adults)

Dr. Elmar Gardizi

Clinical Psychologist & Neuropsychologist (Adults & Seniors)

Dr. Nicole Law

Neuropsychologist (Children, Teens)

Dr. Narmeen Ammari

Clinical Psychologist & Neuropsychologist (Adults, Seniors)

Dr. Christina Gojmerac

Neuropsychologist (Adults, Seniors)

Dr. Eva Muharib

Psychologist & Neuropsychologist (Supervised Practice) (Adults, Seniors)

The practice offers Psychological and Neuropsychological Insurer Examinations.

What is an Insurer Examination?

An Insurer Examination (IE) may be conducted to determine the cause, extent and psychological treatment of a work-related or other injury where liability is at issue; whether an individual has reached maximum benefit from treatment; and whether any permanent impairment remains after treatment. An Insurance Examination may be conducted at the behest of an employer or an insurance carrier to obtain an independent opinion of the clinical status of the individual.  Auto insurance carriers have a legal right to this request.

Toll Free: 1 (844) 405-5300

Our IE Providers

Licensed Psychologists & Neuropsychologists

Dr. Lesley Miller

Practice Director, Clinical Psychologist & Neuropsychologist (Adults)

Dr. Cheval Chez-Roy Birchwood

Clinical Psychologist (Adults)

Dr. Elmar Gardizi

Clinical Psychologist & Neuropsychologist (Adults & Seniors)

Dr. Carol-Anne Hendry

Clinical Psychologist (Children, Teens, Adults)

Dr. Narmeen Ammari

Clinical Psychologist & Neuropsychologist (Adults, Seniors)

Dr. Christina Gojmerac

Neuropsychologist (Adults, Seniors)

Dr. Lorah Pilchak Harley

Psychologist (Children, Teens, Adults)

Dr. Eva Muharib

Psychologist & Neuropsychologist (Supervised Practice) (Adults, Seniors)

What is a Medical-Legal Assessment?

Medical-Legal Psychological and Neuropsychological Assessments are provided for use as evidence in litigation; for example in relation to compensation for work-related stress or after a traumatic event such as an accident. The Psychological Assessment may be requested in order to establish a link between the trauma and the victim’s psychological condition, or to determine the extent of psychological harm. Medical-Legal Assessments address issues such as:

  • Reasonableness of treatment and rehabilitation
  • Determination of catastrophic impairment
  • Tort issues such as permanent and serious impairment
  • Ability to work
  • Loss of economic advantage, pain and suffering, or loss of quality of life

Toll Free: 1 (844) 405-5300

Our Medical-Legal Assessment Providers

Licensed Psychologists & Neuropsychologists

Dr. Lesley Miller

Practice Director, Clinical Psychologist & Neuropsychologist (Adults)

Dr. Cheval Chez-Roy Birchwood

Clinical Psychologist (Adults)

Dr. Elmar Gardizi

Clinical Psychologist & Neuropsychologist (Adults & Seniors)

Dr. Carol-Anne Hendry

Clinical Psychologist (Children, Teens, Adults)

Dr. Nicole Law

Neuropsychologist (Children, Teens)

Dr. Narmeen Ammari

Clinical Psychologist & Neuropsychologist (Adults, Seniors)

Dr. Christina Gojmerac

Neuropsychologist (Adults, Seniors)

Dr. Lorah Pilchak Harley

Psychologist (Children, Teens, Adults)

Dr. Eva Muharib

Psychologist & Neuropsychologist (Supervised Practice) (Adults, Seniors)

Our CAT Assessments

Comprehensive Catastrophic Impairment Assessments are provided in the context of the American Medical Association Guidelines 4th Edition & 6th Edition related to disability. The practice also provides submission of Applications for Determination of Catastrophic Impairment (OCF-19). 

Dr. Lesley Miller is a member of the Canadian Society of Medical Evaluators. She has completed numerous Catastrophic assessment reports and applications. She has completed training in pre- and post- June 1, 2016 Catastrophic Impairment Assessment, including completion of the following:

Dr. Miller is certified as a Catastrophic Impairment Examiner (Mental and Behavioural) by the Canadian Society of Medical Evaluators and the Canadian Academy of Psychologists in Disability Assessment (CAPDA).

1 (844) 405-5300

Our Catastrophic Impairment Assessors

Licensed Neuropsychologists

Dr. Lesley Miller

Practice Director, Clinical Psychologist & Neuropsychologist (Adults)

Dr. Elmar Gardizi

Clinical Psychologist & Neuropsychologist (Adults & Seniors)

Dr. Nicole Law

Neuropsychologist (Children, Teens)

Dr. Narmeen Ammari

Clinical Psychologist & Neuropsychologist (Adults, Seniors)

Dr. Christina Gojmerac

Neuropsychologist (Adults, Seniors)

Dr. Eva Muharib

Psychologist & Neuropsychologist (Supervised Practice) (Adults, Seniors)

Featured Services

These are our special exams

Hormones & SRS/GAS Readiness

For Identification Placement Review

CPP

Determination of eligibility for CPP Disability Funding and/or CPP Tax Credit

Psychoeducational Assessment

Determination of Eligibility for Services

Identification, Diagnosis, and Supports

Diagnostic Testing for Mild Cognitive Impairment & Dementia

Cognitive Testing and Supports

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