Psychological Assessment in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

Our clinical staff of psychologists and licensed professional counselors use psychological testing to obtain a baseline measurement at the onset of treatment. Once the tests are completed, the patient has the right to review this clinical report to give more insight to the precipitating factors that may have led to the development of the eating disorder (i.e., chronic stress, anxiety, significant losses such as the breakup with a boyfriend or divorce). For example, we administer a Beck Depression Inventory, Beck Anxiety Inventory, or Obsessive-Compulsive Inventory to see if these issues may play a role in patients’ eating disorder and we develop a treatment plan along with the patients’ input to help them overcome their stress, anxiety, or depression. We systematically monitor and reassess the patient’s progress during the course of treatment to objectively measure improvement.

Comprehensive Psychological Assessments

Several comprehensive personality and psychological assessments will be recommended by the primary therapist at the Walker Wellness Clinic during the early stages of treatment. In addition, a comprehensive career test battery and/or an ADHD test battery may be suggested by the psychologists if this is clinically appropriate for the patient. A clinical recommendation for psychiatric and/or medical evaluations after the initial consultation may also be suggested.

The Walker Wellness Clinics’ test batteries are administered by a licensed mental health professional and the results are reviewed with the patient and/or the patient’s parents.

Test battery may consist of the following test procedures

  • Clinical Interview
  • Eating Disorder Inventory-III (EDI-3)
  • Millon Adolescent Personality Inventory (MAPI) or MMPI-2
  • California Personality Inventory
  • Stress Map
  • Beck Scale of Suicidal Ideation
  • Beck Depression Inventory
  • Family Genogram
  • Clark-Beck Obsessive-Compulsive Inventory
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
  • Strong-Campbell Interest Inventory
  • Beck Anxiety Inventory