We do this by utilizing specialized training with the best resources in the field. Dr. Mulchay has trained with many of the best psychologists in the world. He thinks of himself as a lifelong student. He is constantly learning, training, and improving his assessments. He uses the latest tests, and the most cutting edge technology to make evaluations fun, engaging, and as efficient as possible.
Dr. Mulchay is a licensed psychologist in North Carolina, and Hawai’i. Granted by psypact, he can practice telepsychology in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas (beginning 2022), Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia & West Virginia (APIT).
Dr. Mulchay moved to Asheville from Hawai’i, where he completed his postdoctoral fellowship residency in psychological evaluation and psychological assessment. He was one of a small team of three professionals to establish clinics in rural areas of Hawai’i. With one of the world’s most diverse populations, he specialized in conducting psychological assessments.
Dr. Mulchay has a strong interest in helping to support community change by increasing safety, stability, creativity, and empowerment. He is passionate about helping individuals achieve optimal health, using both creative and research-supported methods.
Dr. Mulchay is honored to serve as president for our local psychological association (the Western North Carolina Psychological Association) and as the regional rep for our state psychological association. He is also proud to be on the board of the International Council of Psychologists.
Outside of work, Dr. Mulchay enjoys spending time with his family and his Australian Shepherd. He enjoys spending time on the water (surfing, paddling, swimming), hiking in the mountains, or attending a concert.
Simon has lived in Western North Carolina since 2005, and completed his Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Appalachian State University in 2010. Simon trained at the University Psychology Clinic and the University Counseling Center. He completed his internship administering psychological assessments, co-leading group therapy sessions, and doing individual therapy with adjudicated adolescents at the Swannanoa Valley Youth Development Center near Asheville.
After earning his masters, Simon served in several roles, including Managing Director and therapist at CooperRiis Healing Community in Asheville. Through his work at CoopeRiis, Simon developed a passion for working with people using a strengths-based approach.
Currently, Simon focuses on administering psychological evaluations at Asheville Testing. He also provides therapy services at Asheville Testing and has his own therapy practice.
Outside of work, Simon loves to spend time with his wife and two children. Simon enjoys trail running, hiking, and biking in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains. Simon also loves skiing in the winter and is an avid soccer player and fan.
Jennifer earned her Master’s Degree in Psychology, with a Certificate of Advanced Study in School Psychology, from Appalachian State University in 2000. After graduation, she moved to Asheville to start her career as a school psychologist working for Asheville City Schools (ACS). She has served multiple schools within ACS for over 20 years.
Jennifer is a lifelong learner who has accumulated over one hundred hours of training in reading assessment and instruction. Her passions include reading, advocating for children and families, and using assessments to inform instruction and clarify specific academic needs. She also enjoys investigating current research related to structured literacy as well as the science of reading, anti-racism, social and emotional learning, and trauma-informed practices. It is a goal of hers to partner with our families to advocate for researched-based instructional practices within the school setting.
Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, camping, and seeing live music.
Jenna graduated from The Citadel in July of 2017 with her Master’s in General Psychology and her Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology. Before joining Asheville Testing, Jenna worked with students of all ages at various public schools. She has extensive experience testing for special education services and providing recommendations for individual education plans and 504 accommodations. She also used her technology background to develop software that she and other psychologists use to streamline their evaluation processes.
Currently, Jenna helps with administering psychological evaluations at Asheville Testing and works on her online software development business (you can learn more about Jenna’s business here: www.schoolpsychclickreport.com).
Jenna describes herself as a lifelong learner and has interest in psychology, coding, website design, health, fitness, cooking, and traveling. When she is not working, she can be found exploring Asheville with her husband and two young kids.
Dr. Deavours Hall is a longtime educator and therapist. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Emory University and a Master’s in Fine Arts from Sarah Lawrence College. Later, as a student in the School of Social Work at the University of Georgia, she studied the relationship between learning and mental health, and researched that field while completing her M.S.W. and Ph.D. at UGA.
Banks, J. B., Jha, A. P., Hood, A. V., Goller, H. G., & Craig, L. L. (2019). Reducing the TUTs that hurt: the impact of a brief mindfulness induction on emotionally valenced mind wandering. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 31(8), 785-799.
Mitchell, H., McCord, D., Goller, H., & Wyatt, B. (2020) Comparing the Minnesota Behavioral Health Screen to the PHQ-9 in predicting depression-related symptomatology in a primary medical care sample. Journal of Personality Assessment,102 (2), 175-182
Goller, H., Banks, J. B., & Meier, M. E. (2020). An individual differences investigation of the relations among life event stress, working memory capacity, and mind wandering: A preregistered replication-extension study. Memory & Cognition, 1-13.
Dr. Frank Lawatsch (pronounced: La-Watch), is a psychologist and clinical social worker who joined Asheville Testing with over a decade of direct practice in psychotherapy and psychological assessment.
In 2021, Dr. Lawatsch relocated from Northern California where he worked as a staff psychologist and clinical supervisor for the Department of State Hospitals. During his time at the hospital, Dr. Lawatsch provided treatment to individuals experiencing severe, persistent, psychiatric disorders. Additionally, he served as an assessment supervisor in the hospital’s APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship training program.
Dr. Lawatsch’s fascination with psychological assessment began while employed as a clinical social worker in New York City. He observed the integral role of testing in clarifying complex symptom presentations and offering generative treatment recommendations. While attending George Washington University, Dr. Lawatsch pursued his interests in neuropsychological and personality assessment with children and adults. Dr. Lawatsch completed his postdoctoral fellowship in Austin, Texas at a clinic that specialized in ADHD, specific learning disorders, and giftedness evaluations.
Dr. Lawatsch believes psychological assessment can be a powerful tool of self-discovery and advocacy. He is passionate about collaborating with his clients to discover their cognitive, academic, and emotional strengths as well as potential avenues of growth.
Annabel earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology in 2015 from Western Carolina University where she is currently pursuing her doctorate in psychology. Her training included comprehensive testing for children, adolescents and adults. Her primary interests include prevention of childhood adversity and promoting resilience following trauma. She enjoys working with individuals of all ages. In her free time, she likes playing with her dog, hiking, and seeing live music.
Annabel has published on psychological testing as well as parenting:
McKinney, C., Franz, A.O. (2018). Latent profiles of perceived parental psychopathology: Associations with emerging adult psychological problems. Journal of Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 50(3), 411-424.
Franz, A.O., McKinney, C. (2018). Parental and emerging adult psychopathology: Moderated mediation by gender and parent-child relationship quality. Journal of Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 49(6), 843-852.
Franz, A. O., Harrop, T. M., & McCord, D. M. (2016). Examining the construct validity of the MMPI-2-RF Interpersonal Functioning scales using the Computerized Adaptive Test of Personality Disorder as a comparative framework. Journal of Personality Assessment, 99(4), 416-423.
Kia is our virtual assistant. She recently graduated with a BA in psychology and is both kind and caring
Kia helps in a number of ways by answering phone calls, emails, and sharing important intake paperwork with families. The easiest way to connect with Kia is by clicking on the Schedule a Consult button. This allows you to schedule time to speak with her on the phone.
Alternatively, you can email Kia at Hello@AshevilleTesting.com.
A third option is to call our office. She may be on the other line. If she is unable to answer your call, please use the options listed above or leave a message for her.
Renee is our billing specialist. She handles all insurance claims. We work very hard to make psychological testing affordable by working with insurance companies. We have found success billing insurance companies for psychological testing. As with any medical appointment, you are responsible for your deductible and copays. Unfortunately, most insurance companies will not pay for educational evaluations, ADHD evaluations or court-ordered evaluations.
Renee works hard to process claims. She submits and re-submits claims on behalf of families. In an age when health insurance is making it more and more difficult to cover psychological testing, Renee’s dedication has helped many families.
If you are a current patient and you need to contact Renee about previously filed claims, her contact information is as follows.
North Med Billing Services, PLLC
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