Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Vocational Assessment

  • Brick JohnstoneEmail author
  • Jonathan Wellman
  • Brittany J. Allen
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_2001


Occupational assessment; Vocational evaluation; Vocational testing


In the context of neuropsychology settings, Vocational Assessment refers to evaluations conducted for the purpose of informing employment issues (e.g., ability to return to work, appropriateness to continue working, recommended compensatory strategies, etc.). Such evaluations typically assess multiple domains, including cognition, behavioral functioning, sensory-motor skills, and emotional functioning (Kay and Silver 1988). In other settings, such as career counseling, vocational assessment may refer to evaluations conducted for the purpose of providing career advice, such as suggesting a field of work in which to pursue employment based on vocational and lifestyle interests.

Current Knowledge

Vocational assessments are a common reason for neuropsychological referrals (Guilmette et al. 1990); they require a shift in emphasis from a “traditional” diagnostic interpretation to a focus on the vocational...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brick Johnstone
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jonathan Wellman
    • 2
  • Brittany J. Allen
    • 3
  1. 1.Intrepid Spirit CenterFort BelvoirUSA
  2. 2.St. Luke’s HospitalKansas CityUSA
  3. 3.Cox Health SystemSpringfieldUSA