Pine Grove Evaluation Center
Since 1984, Pine Grove has partnered with individuals and organizations throughout the country to provide specialized and comprehensive evaluations for behavioral health and addictive disorders. To further our commitment, we have collaborated within our organization to serve those needing evaluations for addiction, vocational, and behavioral issues.
We offer evaluation services for professionals, licensing boards, professional health programs, the community, and families. We have the ability to individualize each assessment based on the client’s need. This program provides a comprehensive approach by a multidisciplinary team of professionals with extensive experience.
Benefits of an evaluation:
- Multi-disciplinary treatment team
- Testing with high levels of reliability and validity
- Full-time, board certified psychiatrist and addiction medicine specialist
- Advocacy with State Licensing Boards
- Recommendations based on best clinical and ethical practices
The Addiction Evaluation takes place over the course of three days on a residential unit. The focus of this evaluation is alcohol or other substance use, although other standard psychological or psychiatric issues are also assessed.
The Addiction Evaluation has several components including: an addiction assessment, psychiatric assessment, lab work, history and physical, psychological evaluation and testing, collateral information gathering, and neuropsychological screening.
Adult Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Evaluations
The Adult ADHD Evaluation aims to rule-out other potential causes of educational, vocational, or personal impairments resulting from concentration or focus difficulties, impulsivity, emotional liability, as well as deficits in executive functioning and memory.
A licensed psychologist conducts the comprehensive ADHD evaluations and utilizes a range of evidenced based diagnostic approaches, including: clinical interview, self-report data, collateral information, childhood and developmental history, as well as neuropsychological testing in the determination of a diagnosis of Adult ADHD. These evaluations typically take 4-6 hours of assessment administration and the examiner schedules a 1-hour evaluation feedback appointment with the individual to review the results and answer any questions following completion of the comprehensive report.
The Comprehensive Evaluation takes place over the course of two or three days on a residential unit. This evaluation is broad in scope and can be tailored to encompass questions of disruptive workplace behavior, psychiatric problems (e.g., bipolar disorder), personality disorder, trauma, eating disorder, or questions about cognitive or intellectual functioning, while also including attention to substance use issues.
The Comprehensive Evaluation has several components including: an addiction assessment, psychiatric assessment, lab work, history and physical, psychological evaluation and testing, collateral information gathering, and neuropsychological screening. A polygraph examination can be included for an additional fee.
Comprehensive Cognitive Evaluation
The Comprehensive Cognitive Evaluation takes place over the course of three to four days on a residential unit. This evaluation is designed to evaluate cognitive functioning as well as assess for a wide array of other potential concerns including: substance/alcohol use disorders, disruptive behavior, psychiatric disorders (e.g., bipolar disorder), personality disorders, trauma, and eating disorders. This evaluation is individualized and is comprised of several components including (but not limited to): comprehensive neuropsychological testing, addiction assessment, psychiatric assessment, psychological evaluation and testing, lab work, history and physical, and collateral information gathering. A polygraph examination can be included for an additional fee.
The Neuropsychological Evaluation is a comprehensive assessment of brain-mediated cognitive functions. The data from a neuropsychological evaluation is used to assess an individual’s current level of cognitive functioning to:
- Determine the presence, nature, and degree of persisting cognitive and emotional deficits.
- Establish the probable relationship between the patient’s current neurobehavioral status and medical history.
- Evaluate the functional significance of such deficits.
A licensed psychologist, who specializes in neuropsychology, conducts a clinical interview with the patient, and others if available, who can provide additional information about his/her status. The evaluation also includes administering a comprehensive standardized test battery.
The battery of neuropsychological testing is comprised of a number of procedures designed to evaluate function in the following domains: general intelligence, attention/concentration, sensation/perception, language, emotional status, new learning and memory, and higher level cognition-executive function.
The Psychosexual Evaluation takes place over three days on an outpatient basis. The focus of this evaluation is sexual behavior (e.g., sexual compulsivity) or professional boundary crossings.
The Psychosexual Evaluation has several components including: addiction assessment, psychiatric assessment, lab work, history and physical, psychological evaluation and testing, collateral information gathering, specific testing for sexual dependency issues, neuropsychological screening, and polygraph testing.
For more information about Pine Grove’s Evaluation Center please contact our assessment office at 1-888-574-HOPE (4673).
Evaluation Program Staff
Leah Claire Bennett, Ph.D.
Dr. Leah Claire Bennett is a licensed psychologist with Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services, where she serves as the organization’s Clinical Operations Director. In this role, she provides clinical direction and supervision for Pine Grove’s addiction treatment programs including the Women’s Center, Legacy, Gratitude, and Next Step. Dr. Bennett also oversees Pine Grove’s professional treatment programs, including the Professional Enhancement Program, known as PEP, and Pine Grove’s Professionals Recovery Track, which is designed for the organization’s addiction treatment patients who hold a professional license. She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Baylor University in Waco, TX and her Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Counseling Psychology from The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS. Dr. Bennett has worked with the Professional Enhancement Program since 2005 where the focus is working with professionals with vocational and relational issues, maladaptive personality problems, addiction, disruptive workplace behavior and sexual issues. Dr. Bennett’s primary focus is to help patients who have struggled in a variety of ways live their lives in a manner where they are able to engage at their highest potential.
Lacey Herrington, Ph.D.
Dr. Lacey Herrington is a licensed psychologist with the Evaluation Center at Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services. She is also works with the Professionals Recovery Track, which provides daily group therapy addressing issues of professionalism for professionals receiving treatment in Pine Grove’s residential programs. She earned her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Mississippi State University in 2008, as well as her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The University of Southern Mississippi in 2015. Dr. Herrington completed her pre-doctoral internship at Tulane Medical School in New Orleans, LA from 2014-2015. She was licensed in 2017. Her primary interests include: assessment, personality disorders, substance use disorders, forensic psychology, and trauma.
Matthew Holcomb, Ph.D.
Dr. Matthew Holcomb is a neuropsychologist licensed in Mississippi and Louisiana and a faculty member of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology – New Orleans at Xavier University’s Clinical PsyD program. Dr. Holcomb received his Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Mississippi State University and Ph.D. in School Psychology from Ball State University. He completed a doctoral internship in Neuropsychology at the London Health Sciences Center and a two-year fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at Dartmouth Medical School.
Dr. Holcomb is on staff with Jefferson Neurobehavioral Group in LA and MS and provides a variety of psychological and neuropsychological evaluations across the lifespan. He is experienced with a wide range of clinical, medical, and neurological conditions including epilepsy, cancer, mood and anxiety disorders, concussion, TBI, and ADHD.
Dr. Holcomb is also actively engaged in research and has published multiple articles in peer-reviewed journals as well as presenting his findings at both national and international conferences.