Joseph R. Feist, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who has provided evaluation and therapy services in Coral Gables (since 1977) and has also offered educational assessment services in Vero Beach for the past 14 years; usually on weekends. How did this match happen? The youngest of his three children began school in Miami, but graduated from St. Edward’s School in Vero Beach.
Dr. Feist provides Psycho-Educational Evaluation Services for students, from pre-kindergarten age to adulthood, in order to assess: learning strengths and weaknesses, identification of any Learning Disabilities, the presence and severity of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder(ADD/ADHD), and any emotional disturbances that may be interfering with their education. Testing is used by parents and schools to design an appropriate educational program that best meets the student’s needs; whether those needs be for remedial or gifted services. Testing is also necessary to establish the need for educational accommodations and academic support within all classroom settings, from pre-K up through graduate school. This type of testing is also required for students to be granted extra time or accommodations for standardized tests such as the FCAT or Stanford Achievement Test, college entrance examinations such as the SAT and ACT, tests for professional and graduate training such as the LSAT, MCAT, GRE and GMAT, and for licensing tests such as the Bar Exam, Doctor Boards, etc. Lastly, educational testing is also helpful in considering appropriate boarding school or special school placements.
Dr. Feist is able to provide other specialized types of evaluation services. Testing for Academic Enrichment can help to determine a student’s eligibility for special programs such as the Indian River County’s Gifted Child Program. A Developmental Assessment of pre-school students can identify if a child is demonstrating the need for early intervention services. And, students faced with making future career decisions often find that tests that measure vocational interest, personality traits, reasoning skills, and academic strengths and weaknesses, are sometimes helpful in plotting a future educational course.