About Dr. Younes:
Maha Younes, Ph.D.:
Dr. Younes is a licensed clinical psychologist in New Jersey and New York. Dr. Younes has worked with adults, children, and adolescents in many settings throughout her career, including in inpatient and outpatient settings in hospitals and clinics. Currently, she specializes in seeing pre-teens and adolescents with issues related to learning either due to developmental issues or concussions. In addition, she sees patients with a variety of neurological illnesses and injuries to assess their level of cognitive functioning and provide them with recommendations to help them to achieve their full potential. Finally, she specializes in assessing older individuals to clarify if their experienced changes of cognition over time are due to the effects of “normal” aging or whether they may be signs of a neurological issue, such as dementia. She is the primary neuropsychologist in charge of the REEACH (Respectful Evaluations and Education for Adult Cognitive Health) program at Mindful Assessments and Psychological Services, where she provides older adults with cognitive strengthening strategies as well as community resources to help them maintain independence for as long as possible. Over the past two decades, Dr. Younes has continued to actively remain up-to-date with research in assessment, while developing an increasingly person-centered and therapeutically-informed assessment approach. She lives in the northern New Jersey area with her family.
Dr. Younes’ career began after she graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Douglass College-- Rutgers University with a dual Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Mathematics, with a minor in Education. Upon graduation, she was awarded the Henry Mitchell McCracken Fellowship Award to attend New York University. She completed her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology there in 1998 and then completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2002. Dr. Younes completed an adult psychology internship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) – University Behavioral HealthCare in Newark, NJ. She subsequently completed a two-year post-doctoral specialty training in Neuropsychology at UMDNJ, where she worked with a variety of neurological disorders across the lifespan.
After completing her training, Dr. Younes worked on a clinical trial of treatment medications for patients with Multiple Sclerosis (the BECOME study) and engaged in a follow up study 8 years later with those patients. Dr. Younes worked at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange for 14 years, where she was the lead Brain Injury neuropsychologist on the inpatient unit for 8 years. She was also the lead neuropsychologist in training staff and educating family regarding behavioral issues with brain injured patients. In addition to her role as a neuropsychologist, Dr. Younes has remained actively engaged with the teaching of medical students at UMDNJ and psychological students at several institutions. She is currently a full-time faculty member of the Counseling Psychology Psy.D. program at Felician University.
Dr. Younes has also been very active in several organizations, including the New Jersey Neuropsychological Society (NJNS), where she was Secretary for one term and President for two terms; she continues to be a member of the Board of Directors. She is also a full member of the New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA), as well as a member of the National Association of Neuropsychology (NAN).