Promoting positive psychological outcomes in young people and their families.

Psychological Testing and Assessment

Dr. O'Connor offers psychological testing and assessment services to children, adolescents and  young adults. Her clients include  parents and families in Toronto and the surrounding area. She takes referrals from educational personnel, physicians, pediatricians, personal injury and family lawyers, mental health professionals and organizations, as well as Children's Aid Societies.

Dr. O'Connor's psychological testing and assessment services include comprehensive, in depth Psychological Assessments and School Neuropsychological Evaluations. A Psychoeducational  Assessment is usually less comprehensive than either a Psychological  Assessment or School Neuropsychological Testing.  For this reason Dr. O'Connor does not offer Psychoeducational Assessments. She feels much more is required to get to the root of the psychological issues, including the learning problems, that plague the young people she works with.

However, the full components of a psychoeducational assessment are included in Dr. O'Connor's psychological assessments and/or school neuropsychological evaluations.    

Dr. O'Connor's psychological testing and assessment services help get to the root of a range of psychological issues in young people, and lead to evidence based solutions to address them. These include social, emotional and behavioral concerns, including trauma based issues, as well as learning and academic problems. She also provides assessments that explore the young person's intellectual and developmental functioning levels. These include Gifted Screenings and  Psychological Assessments to explore whether global developmental delays are at issue for a young person.

Are you looking for help with adolescent or child problems, or with concerns that present in a young adult?

Do you worry about learning or behavioral  problems, or social and/or emotional concerns?  What about neuropsychological issues in a young person? Does the young person suffer from an acquired brain injury, a learning disability or significant attention problems?

What about neurodevelopmental risk factors?  Does a young person you know suffer from prenatal exposure to drugs or alcohol, or both, or low birth weight and prematurity?  

Perhaps you worry about trauma related issues in a child, adolescent or young adult.

Has the young  person experienced a single acute trauma like a motor vehicle accident?  Is he or she showing trauma symptoms associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? Or has the young person experienced ongoing, chronic or complex trauma such as exposure to multiple traumatic events that occur within the family, and/or community?  Is he or she showing trauma symptoms such as emotional and/or behavioral dysregulation, social/relationship difficulties and/or high levels of physiological arousal and problems with concentration? 

Perhaps you are a young adult searching for psychological testing and assessment services to explore learning issues, such as a learning disability, in order to pursue appropriate support at the college or university level. Or are you looking for help around college admission tests, and/or other issues such as behavioral and emotional concerns? You are not alone.

Children, adolescents and young adults suffer from a range of psychological concerns, from the relatively benign to the more serious. Their families, and the professionals who work with them are searching for help to support these young people. They want to get to "the root" of the problems that inhibit their potentials, and find effective strategies to address them.

How Psychological Testing and Assessment Can Help

Dr. O’Connor is a licensed clinical psychologist, practicing in Toronto, Ontario (Yonge & St. Clair area). Her  psychological testing services help parents, as well as professionals, organizations and community agencies, with a range of adolescent and child problems, as well as those that present in young adults. Her services  increase understanding of the psychological and learning problems that present in a young person, and lead to evidence based solutions to address them.Her Psychological Testing and Assessment Services include:

Dr. O'Connor has over two decades of experience as a licensed school and clinical psychologist working with children, adolescents, young adults and their families. She holds a Diplomate in School Neuropsychology from the American Board of School Neuropsychology, as well as specialty designation in Clinical Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. She is a fellow with the American Board of Clinical Psychology. Her areas of practice with the Ontario College of Psychologists include clinical psychology, school psychology and counseling. 

She integrates a school neuropsychological understanding into the psychological testing and assessment services she offers to young people, their families and the helping professionals who work with them. 

She is a member  of:

  • The Canadian Psychological Association
  • The Canadian Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology
  • The International Neuropsychological Society
  • The International Association for the Study of Attachment 

In addition, to her Toronto practice at Yonge and St. Clair, she offers psychological and school neuropsychological assessments at the Family First Play Therapy Center in Bradford Ontario, the Lingyu International Psychology Centre, and in Barrie, Ontario and the surrounding area. 

Contact Dr. O'Connor about her psychological testing and assessment services.

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Dr. O'Connor's Books & Other Products

What about the other psychological challenges that plague young people and their families? Dr. O'Connor has  created a number of products to help increase understanding of the psychological challenges that young people and their families face and how to address them. Are you worried about a child whose parents are addicted to alcohol or drugs? These children are at greater risk of developing a range of psychological  problems, including learning and social, emotional and behavioral concerns. They are also at greater risk of experiencing various psychological and mental health problems as adults, such as alcoholism or other addictive disorders, or problems with intimate relationships, or healthy partner choice.

Dr O'Connor's articles, products and books focus on Family Problems and child behavioral concerns.

To view Dr. O'Connor's products and books click here.

To access Dr. O'Connor's free articles click here.

Learn more about Dr. O'Connor's  book, "I Can Be Me-A Helping Book for Children of Alcoholic Parents.

With I Can Be Me you can begin helping these children now.

I CAN BE Me-A Helping Book for Children of Alcoholic Parents, by Dr. Dianne O'Connor, Ed.D.

Find out more about I CAN BE ME, and how to purchase this book.

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