Advanced Psychological Testing

Alta Mira’s experienced and highly credentialed clinical specialists set the standard for excellence in neuropsychological and psychological assessment in the treatment of addiction and co-occurring disorders.

Our comprehensive testing and assessment includes psychological, neuropsychological, cognitive, and personality testing. Continued testing and assessment throughout treatment allows us to accurately measure your progress and recommend course corrections as needed.

The Importance of Accurately Diagnosing Co-Occurring Disorders

Most people seeking addiction treatment have co-occurring disorders such as anxiety, depression, or trauma that need to be addressed in order to sustain long-term recovery. While you are in treatment at Alta Mira, you will receive a full psychiatric interview, clinical assessments, and psychological and neuropsychological tests that are chosen for your specific needs.

Our sophisticated testing allows you to receive the most accurate diagnosis possible, enabling our team to customize a highly effective treatment plan to fit your unique needs and goals.

Psychological Testing empowers us to:

  1. Properly diagnose and treat an extensive range of illnesses and disorders that may be contributing to your substance use
  2. Create a medication strategy based on empirical evidence and make appropriate adjustments during your course of treatment
  3. Identify and work on interpersonal issues that might otherwise compromise your treatment
  4. Present you with tangible data to better understand your illness and recovery

Most people seeking addiction treatment have co-occurring disorders such as anxiety, depression, or trauma that need to be addressed in order to sustain long-term recovery. During the course of your treatment, you will receive a full psychiatric interview and a battery of psychological tests that are specifically designed to meet your needs:

  • Psychological and Personality
  • Crisis Assessment
  • Intellectual Functioning, Cognition, and Behavior
  • Personality Assessment
  • Mood and Emotional Functioning
  • Psychodiagnostic Assessment
  • Symptom Severity
  • Interests, Skills, and Values
  • Spiritual and Cultural Assessment
  • Special Factors: Sleep, Pain, Trauma, Process Addictions, etc.

Examples of Our Individualized Testing

Our approach provides for the most accurate diagnosis possible, enabling our team to customize an effective treatment plan to fit each individual’s unique needs and goals, providing a pathway to a more authentic, productive, and healthy life.

Psychological / Personality:

  • Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-5
  • Mini-International Neuropsychiatric Interview
  • Personality Assessment Inventory
  • Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory-III
  • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI)


  • PTSD Checklist for DSM-5
  • Life Events Checklist for DSM-5
  • Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-5 (PTSD Module)
  • Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale for DSM-5 (CAPS-5)


  • Wechsler Memory Scale-IV (WMS-IV)
  • Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale IV (WAIS-IV)
  • Woodcock-Johnson
  • Trails A&B
  • Wechsler Fundamentals: Academic Skills
  • Rey Complex Figure
  • Test of Nonverbal Intelligence-IV (TONI-IV)
  • Barkley Adult ADHD Rating Scale (BAARS-IV)
  • Delis-Kaplan Executive Function System (D-KEFS)
  • Test of Variable Attention

Mood & Emotional Functioning:

  • Beck Anxiety Inventory
  • Beck Depression Inventory
  • Beck Hopelessness Scale
  • Geriatric Depression Scale
  • Mood Disorder Questionnaire
  • Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression

Interest /Vocational:

  • Strong Interest Inventory
  • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI)
  • Career Assessment Inventory (CSI)


  • Adrenal Stress Index
  • Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory
  • Iowa Gambling Task (IGT)


When clinically indicated (extra fees may apply), clients have access to:

  • Computerized Axial Tomography – CAT Scan
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging – MRI
  • Positron Emission Tomography – PET scan

Benefits of Comprehensive Psychological Testing

Comprehensive psychological testing offers you an opportunity to fully understand the source of your suffering and the underlying causes of your substance use. It is critical that this testing is done while in treatment, so we can begin treating your co-occurring disorders right away. Our experts are highly skilled in treating a full range of co-occurring disorders–including trauma, mood disorders, personality disorders, and codependency.

Our testing also allows us to address your full range of treatment needs, allowing us to provide you with the right counseling and medications for your circumstances, and making the most of your time in treatment. These tests also aid us in creating your most effective discharge and continuing care plan, offering you the very best long-term outcomes.

At Alta Mira, our passion is to help you fulfill your highest potential by achieving your recovery goals and living your healthiest possible life. Our experts are compassionate and kind, and our highly customized treatment plans are a perfect fit for your specific needs.

Please contact us today to begin your recovery journey at our beautiful facility overlooking the San Francisco Bay.