Project Description

Dr. Stress specializes in the neuropsychological assessment of children and adults. Neuropsychological assessments are utilized to reveal the patient’s current level of functioning in the areas of: attention, memory, language, visuospatial processing, motor functioning, executive functioning, mood and behavior. Dr. Stress utilizes an integrative medicine and multidisciplinary team approach to provide solution focused reports that answer clients’ questions about themselves or family members, and enable them to make better decisions about future scholastic, occupational, and medical care plans.

Dr. Stress’ goal driven assessment and therapeutic interventions (e.g., cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapy) are filled with warmth, humor, and acceptance. Her respect for client’s individuality, interpersonal history, self-identified strengths and weaknesses, and capacity for resilience encourages therapeutic alliances that are illuminating and restorative.

Dr. Stress has trained extensively in trauma and rehabilitation as a former staff member at the University of Illinois, Cook County Health System, Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, and Northwestern Medical Health System. Her work as the director of acute psychiatric and medical units in Cermak Hospital, and in behavioral management units at the Illinois Department of Corrections allowed her treat severely mentally ill (SMI) patients and train correctional staff who work with them.

Dr. Maureen Stress earned an undergraduate degree in psychology and philosophy from the University of Michigan, and a master’s degree in psychology from New York University. She obtained a doctorate in clinical neuropsychology at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.  Internship at Edward Hines Jr. Veteran’s Administration Hospital afforded additional experience in neuropsychiatric trauma, PTSD, and other mood disorders. Postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at Loyola University Medicine Center, with rotations in psycho-oncology and pain management, allowed her to care for patients with chronic and life-threatening health conditions.

Areas of Specialization:
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Communication Disorders (e.g., expressive and receptive language disorders)
  • Disruptive, Impulse-Control, and Conduct Disorders
  • Giftedness
  • Intellectual Disabilities (e.g., global developmental delay)
  • Medical disorders directly or indirectly affecting the brain (e.g., non-CNS tumors, endocrine disorders, neurological disorders)
  • Mood Disorders (e.g., depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorders)
  • Neurological Disorders (e.g., epilepsy, migraines)
  • Organic Brain Pathologies (e.g., brain tumors, hydrocephalus, AVMs)
  • Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
  • Specific Learning Disorders (e.g., reading, mathematics, writing)/unexplained learning difficulties
  • Trauma and Stress Related Disorders (e.g., adjustment disorders, PTSD)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (e.g., accidents, birth trauma)