Gronowski Assessment Clinic

The Assessment Center offers affordable, multi-culturally sensitive, psychological and neuropsychological testing for adults, adolescents and children (ages 7 and up). Assessment services are provided by a select group of advanced clinical psychology doctoral students from Palo Alto University and the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium.  Doctoral students are closely supervised by licensed clinical psychologists who have extensive assessment experience. 
Clients at our clinic are provided with an evaluation that addresses the presenting concerns, an in-person feedback session, and a comprehensive report with detailed recommendations. Clinicians work closely with referring providers to address the client’s unique needs.
Types of Assessments Provided:

·         Mental health diagnostic evaluation

·         Personality assessment

·         Educational evaluations (i.e., academic achievement, learning disabilities, school accommodations)

·         Intellectual assessment (e.g., IQ testing, processing speed)

·         ADHD testing

·         Neuropsychological evaluation (e.g., dementia, traumatic brain injury, memory, executive functioning)


How do I become a client?

Referrals are received from individuals, parents and professionals, and include comprehensive psychoeducational evaluations of such areas as attention, cognition, information processing, language, academic achievement, and social-emotional adjustment.
The Gronowski Center Assessment Clinic evaluates individuals seven years of age or older. Those interested in our services  should contact us via telephone at (650) 961-9300. Services are available to child, adolescent, adult, and elderly clients .

​What is testing like? 
The testing process begins with a brief phone interview to assess how we can serve the client.  The client will then meet with an assessor for a clinical interview.  The number of testing sessions will be based on assessment question and client needs. 

Comprehensive Evaluations 
After the testing is complete, your clinician will generate a comprehensive evaluation report. This report will consist of all the client’s relevant history (obtained during the intake interview at the first appointment), the results of the testing in narrative and data formats, a diagnosis section, and recommendations for further treatment. The client will meet with his or her clinician for a one hour feedback session, during which he or she will be able to go over the information contained in the report, as well as receive his or her own copy of the report.

Clinic Hours 
Clients are seen Monday through Friday. Testing time blocks are typically 2-3 hours. However, some clinicians may be available to work with clients on weekends or for shorter or longer periods of time.

About the Program Directors
The GCA program is directed by Ana Dirago, PhD and Adrienne DiFabio, PhD, psychology faculty at Palo Alto University. Dr. Dirago and Dr. DiFabio have extensive experience in the areas of psychological assessment and clinical psychology across the lifespan. Dr. DiRago is a bilingual (Spanish) licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in diagnostic assessments (personality, cognitive, neuropsychological) of individuals across the lifespan. Dr. DiRago completed her doctorate degree at the University of Minnesota where she conducted research at the Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research. Dr. DiFabio is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in diagnostic assessments with young adults and adults. ​

​If you are a provider interested in more information about Assessment Center services, you can contact our directors at


5150 El Camino Real, Building C, Suite 15
Los Altos, CA 94022

(650) 961-9300



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