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Psychological Testing

Comprehensive assessments for insightful diagnosis and treatment

Psychological Testing in Wake Forest, NC

Psychological testing is a systematic process that uses various assessment tools to understand and address the needs of individuals with mental health concerns or behavioral issues.

Dr. Jackson-Westbrook specializes in providing thorough and insightful psychological assessments to help identify underlying issues and formulate effective treatment plans. Her experience spans across various settings, including jails, prisons, inpatient hospitals, and outpatient practices.

Dr. Melissa Jackson-Westbrook, Licensed Clinical Psychologist at Cedar Oaks Clinic

Meet Dr. Melissa Jackson-Westbrook!

Dr. Melissa Jackson-Westbrook is a licensed clinical psychologist with a passion for psychological assessment. She has extensive experience in forensic assessment, general psychological evaluations, and psychoeducational testing, and sees clients aged 6 and up for testing.

Dr. Jackson-Westbrook received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with a concentration in forensic psychology. She completed her internship at the Federal Correction Complex in Butner, North Carolina, and has worked in a variety of settings, including jails, prisons, and private practices.

Information for Prospective Clients

Comprehensive Assessments

Dr. Jackson-Westbrook provides psychological testing for a variety of concerns including:

  • Autism (trained on administering the ADOS-2)
  • ADHD
  • Learning Disorders
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Mood Disorders (e.g., bipolar disorder, depression)
  • Personality Disorders
  • PTSD
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • OCD
  • Eating Disorders
  • Substance Use Disorders

*She does not do forensic evaluations such as custody or competency evaluations, or neuropsychological testing such as for TBI/Concussion or other physical, neurological conditions.

Testing Process

1.) Intake: This is about a one-hour meeting with the client (and parent if the client is a child/adolescent). We will discuss current concerns and any questions regarding the testing process. Relevant background information will be gathered to narrow down the testing battery. If you decide to proceed with testing, all scheduling will be handled from that point on.

2.) In-Person Testing: Typically takes 2 to 4 hours, depending on the referral questions. Testing is usually scheduled for one 4-hour appointment or two 2-hour appointments. The client will complete questionnaires and be administered tests such as an IQ test, academic testing, memory test, or computer test for ADHD. Teacher or parent assessments are distributed at the start of the first testing session.

*If any consultation is requested with an outside provider or teacher, a release of information will need to be signed by the client or guardian/parent (under 18 y/o).

3.) Scoring/Report Writing/Consultations/Review of Documentation: After the last testing session and in preparation for the feedback session, all assessments will be scored, results interpreted, and a thorough report written. Any provided documentation will be reviewed, and consultations with outside providers/teachers will be conducted if necessary.

4.) Feedback Session: Scheduled two to three weeks after all testing is completed, typically lasting an hour. The report, including background information, assessment results, conclusions/diagnoses, and recommendations, will be discussed with the client and/or parents. The report will be emailed prior to the feedback session. Recommendations may include work or school accommodations.

Insurance and Fees

Dr. Jackson-Westbrook accepts Cigna/Evernorth, BCBS, and Aetna insurance (commercial plans and Aetna Duke) for psychological testing. Her private pay rate is $175 an hour (typical evaluation takes 8 to 12 hours but may vary).

It is highly suggested to call your insurance company directly before scheduling the intake to understand coverage for psychological testing. The CPT codes used to bill are:

  • 90791 (Initial evaluation/intake)
  • 96130/96131 (Psychological evaluation services such as report writing, consultations, review of documentation, and interpretation of results)
  • 96136/96137 (Test Administration and Scoring)

If you are interested in scheduling a testing intake, please call the front office at 919-529-5920. A brief 15-minute phone consultation prior to scheduling an intake is also available if requested.

Testing tools used for psychological assessments at Cedar Oaks Clinic