Dr. Maha Younes


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Dr. Maha Younes


Dr. Maha Younes is a Social Work Professor joined UNK in 1991. She has a Ph.D. in Adult and Community Education from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, a Masters of Social Work from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, a Masters of Educational Psychology from Kearney State College, and a Bachelors of Social Work and Psychology from Kearney State College. Dr. Younes has more than twenty years of clinical practice experience in working with survivors of sexual abuse, domestic violence, eating disorders and relationship issues. Her clinical experience began at the Hastings Regional Center where she worked from 1983-1984 as a Psychiatric Social Worker. She served as a Clinical Social Worker at South Central Behavioral Services from 1986-1991 where she worked extensively with child, family and group therapy. She also maintained a private practice agency from 1986-2001.

Dr. Younes has taught a variety of courses at UNK and is committed to strengths-based education that empowers students to become skilled and culturally competent practitioners. Her dedication to cultural diversity and competence is reflected in the International Social Work Experiences program that she created in 1999. The International Program takes students to different countries and focuses on social policy related to children, families, elderly, and minority groups in host countries. Dr. Younes is a strong advocate for students and rural community needs. While varied, her research interests include cultural competence, advocacy, human rights, minority issues, and child welfare.


Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Department of Health, Nebraska

Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (LMHP), Department of Health, Nebraska

Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW)

Research Publications

  • Younes, M. (2013). Contextualizing oppression and family violence in Israel. In S. Asay, J. DeFrain, M. Metzger, B. Moyer (Eds.), Family violence from a global Perspective: A strengths-based approach. Sage Publications.
  • Younes, M. & Klein, S. A. (In Press). The international adoption experience: Do they live happily ever after? Adoption Quarterly.
  • Younes, M. (2011). Unveiling prostitution and human trafficking in Israel. In R. L. Dalla, J. DeFrain, Baker, L., and C. Williamson (Eds.), Global perspective of prostitution and sex trafficking (Vol.1: Africa, Middle East, Aisa, and Oceania). Lanham, MD: Lexington Publishers, Inc.
  • Younes, M., & Killip, E. (2010). Forever changed: The transformation of rural American through immigration. Contemporary Rural Social Work, (2). 1-16. http://und.edu/contemporary-rural-social-work-journal/2010/index.cfm
  • Younes, M. (2007). The resilience of families in Israel: Understanding their struggles and appreciating their strengths. In J. DeFrain & S. Asay (Eds.), Strong families around the world: Strengths-based research and perspective (pp. 101-117). Binghamton, N.Y: Haworth.
  • Younes, M. (2007). The resilience of families in Israel: Understanding their struggles and appreciating their strengths. Marriage and Family Review, 41(1/2). 101-117.
  • Younes, M., & Harp, M. (2007). Addressing the impact of foster care on biological children and their families. Child Welfare Journal, 86(4). 21-40.
  • Asay, S. M., Younes, M. N., & Moore, T. (2006). The cultural transformation model: Promoting cultural competence through international study experiences. In R. R. Hamon (Ed.)., International family studies: Developing curricula and teaching tools (pp. 85-99). New York: Haworth Press, Inc.
  • Younes, M.N., & Asay, S. M. (2003). The world as a classroom: The impact of international study tours on students. College Teaching, 51(4), 141-147.
  • Younes, M. (Spring, 2003). Coming full circle: Putting advocacy ethics into action. The New Social Worker, 10 (2). 8-9.
  • Younes, M., & Asay, S.M. (1998). Resilient women: How female graduate students negotiate their multiple roles. College Students Journal, 32(3).
  • Younes, M. (1996). The gatekeeping dilemma in undergraduate social work programs: Collision of ideal and reality. International Social Work, 41(2).


  • 2009 Nebraska Social Worker of the Year. Nebraska Chapter-NASW
  • 2005 Fulbright Scholar: Thailand & Myanmar
  • 1999 Governor’s Recognition Award for Commitment to Nebraska’s Children.
  • 1985 Outstanding Young Woman of America