Psychological Testing

Childhood emotional and behavioral challenges can disrupt your family's daily life. At UNM Health’s Children’s Psychiatric Center, we offer a full range of psychological testing to understand your child's needs.

Your care team will help your family develop coping strategies and build a plan to safely, effectively manage your child's condition. We see patients ages 7-18 years (or younger in certain cases) for psychological conditions such as:

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • Disruptive behaviors
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Psychosis

If your child needs psychological testing, please ask your UNM Health provider for a referral.

What to Expect

In a typical test, a psychologist will talk with you and your child. We look for information on behaviors at home and school, emotional capacity and more.

Our team may ask to observe how your child interacts with others at home or at school. We will also compare your child's ability to learn and make good decisions against benchmarks. With the results, our team can:

  • Form a proper diagnosis
  • Guide treatment for personal, educational or vocational needs
  • Make recommendations to you and your child’s doctor

Make an Appointment

To get referral information, call 505-272-2190 or

Request an Evaluation

We will contact you with more information on scheduling and wait times. While appointments are in high demand, we will see your child as soon as possible.

If your child's doctor is within the UNM Health System: Ask the doctor to complete the Program for Children and Adolescents (PFCA) Psychological Testing Request form.

If the child's doctor is from another health system: Ask the doctor to fill out the PFCA Psychological Testing Referral form. Fax this form, any relevant medical records and insurance information to 505-272-3466.

A psychologist will review your request. We do not approve every case and will let you know if your referral is not accepted. It may be possible that your child needs a different type of testing.

Additional Testing Services

The UNM Center for Development and Disability conducts testing for autism spectrum disorders. We also offer neuropsychological testing for children who have a brain disease or brain trauma.