Psychological Assessment in Medical Settings

Assessment Psychology


  1. Jerry J. Sweet ABPP PhD1,
  2. Steven M. Tovian ABPP PhD2,
  3. Leslie M. Guidotti Breting PhD1,
  4. Yana Suchy PhD3

Published Online: 26 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118133880.hop210013

Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition

Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition

How to Cite

Sweet, J. J., Tovian, S. M., Guidotti Breting, L. M. and Suchy, Y. 2012. Psychological Assessment in Medical Settings. Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition. 10:II:13.

Author Information

  1. 1

    NorthShore University HealthSystem, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Evanston, Illinois, USA

  2. 2

    Feinberg School of Medicine Northwestern University, Independent Practice and Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Chicago, Illinois, USA

  3. 3

    University of Utah, Department of Psychology, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 SEP 2012


The specialty of clinical psychology has deep historical roots in psychological assessment related to medical conditions, which most often began in collaborative practice with physicians within medical settings. In this chapter, we discuss and delineate general and specific issues that are important to current psychological assessment activities in medical settings. The realm of psychological assessment is considered to encompass all traditional (e.g., personality, intellectual, academic) and specialized testing (e.g., health illness coping styles, specific neuropsychological). Topics covered in this chapter include: unique aspects of practicing in a medical setting environment that create unique assessment issues; assessment within a biopsychosocial model and with specific medical populations; reimbursement issues that affect practice, as well as the emerging changes in health-care financing that may affect future practice; and the wide range of opportunities for psychologists who develop assessment practices in medical settings. Though practice methods have evolved in concert with changes in health care, psychological assessment is likely to remain a prominent fixture within medical settings. In fact, continued practice growth related to psychological assessment within medical settings seems assured.


  • medical setting;
  • neuropsychological assessment;
  • psychological assessment