Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Screening FAQ


We are currently unable to take new referrals for brief ADHD assessments. If you have a referral or would like information about seeking resources in the community, please contact Dr. Kathy Wierzchowski at WIERZCH1@ILLINOIS.EDU.

What is a brief ADHD screening?

A brief ADHD Screening is a screening interview conducted by a mental health clinician who has significant training and experience in diagnosing Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in adults. The purpose of an ADHD Screening is to evaluate psychological symptoms that may be present and whether these are affecting a student’s learning and/or academic difficulties. A brief ADHD Screening can be a helpful first step in determining the reason why a student may be experiencing academic difficulties. A referral for additional assessment at DRES or with a community provider will be made by the clinician if necessary to clarify the diagnosis.

How do I know if I’m a good candidate for an ADHD Screening?

Adults who are diagnosed with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder generally report problems with one or more of the following symptoms: a) inattention and distractibility, b) significant problems with time management, organization and procrastination and/or c) impulsivity and hyperactivity. These symptoms have typically been present since childhood rather than beginning in high school or college. These symptoms often affect academic performance and concerns about coursework are frequently one of the reasons that students decide to be evaluated for Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Who provides ADHD Screenings on campus?

Brief ADHD Screenings are provided by clinicians at the Counseling Center to determine if a student is an appropriate referral for a more comprehensive ADHD evaluation. The Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) provides comprehensive ADHD evaluations on campus. In order to schedule an evaluation at DRES, students must either first complete a brief screening at the Counseling Center or be referred to DRES from another healthcare provider (i.e., mental health practitioner, primary care doctor). If a student requests assessment from DRES without a referral, they may be redirected to either the counseling center or to another healthcare professional.

How do I make an ADHD Screening appointment?

To begin the process of scheduling a brief academic screening, please review the above listed criteria for ADHD. If you believe you are a candidate for a screening and are already engaged in counseling services at the center, you may speak with your counselor about a referral for a brief screening. If you are not engaged in counseling services but would be interested in a screening, please email Dr. Kathy Wierzchowski, Ph.D. at wierzch1@illinois.edu for more information about the process and to inquire about appointment availability. Please note that due to capacity restrictions at different points in the semester, you may be provided with information about off-campus referrals for assessment. If you have previously been diagnosed with ADHD and have paperwork, please inquire with DRES first.    

Where will I be referred if additional psychological evaluation is necessary?

If you have no prior diagnosis of ADHD, after your brief screening, if additional evaluation is recommended, you will either be referred to DRES for more comprehensive testing or be provided referral options in the Champaign-Urbana community, St. Louis, and/or the Chicago metro area. The Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) also provides some diagnostic testing for students who have had no previous diagnostic testing.

What is the fee for brief ADHD Screenings?

There are no fees associated with ADHD Screenings or psychological evaluation services provided on campus, but there will be fees associated with any assessments that are provided off-campus. It is recommended that you review your insurance policy and consult with providers prior to scheduling an assessment in the community. 

Will I need to provide documentation to register for services at the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services?

Students are required to provide documentation from a mental health or medical provider to obtain disability-related accommodations and services through DRES. These services include academic skills training, case management, and coaching to assist with time management and organization. The documentation requirements are located here.

What kind of services are available to help me succeed academically if I am diagnosed with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

DRES coordinates academic accommodation and services provided to students who are diagnosed with ADHD. A referral to the McKinley Health Center for a medication consultation is frequently recommended for treatment of symptoms associated with ADHD. In addition, individual counseling, group counseling and/or coaching can be effective treatments for Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. The Counseling Center offers individual and group counseling, as well as the In Focus workshops for students who have difficulties with inattention, time management, and organization.

We are currently unable to take new referrals for brief ADHD assessments. If you have a referral or would like information about seeking resources in the community, please contact Dr. Kathy Wierzchowski at WIERZCH1@ILLINOIS.EDU.