Dr. Maha Younes


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Dr. Maha Younes


Dr. Maha Younes is a Social Work Professor who 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, which have enriched her teaching across the social work curriculum. During her tenure at UNK, she served as the Social Work Department Chair for fifteen years, created the International Social Work Experiences Program in 1999, and was instrumental in the establishment of the UNO Masters of Social Work in Central Nebraska.


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

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

Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW)


  • 2019 The Alumni Award for Excellence in Public Service. College of Public Affairs & Community Service, University of Nebraska at Omaha.
  • 2018 Leland Holdt/Security Mutual Life Insurance Company Distinguished Faculty Award
  • 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

Scholarly Publications

  • Witt, H., Franklin, C., Goldblatt, H., & Younes, M. (2019).  Self-determination and abortion access: A pro-choice perspective on the international social work code of ethics.  In S. M. Marson, & R. E. McKinney (Eds.). Handbook of Social Work Ethics and Values.  Routledge Publishing.

  • Younes, M. & Van Laningham, J. (2017).  In the hot seat: Teaching students through experience with self-help groups. Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work, 22 (1). 163-179.

  • Younes, M. (2015).  Grief and bereavement in Israel: Jewish, Muslim, and Christian Perspectives. In J. Cacciatore, & J. DeFrain (Eds.).  Death and grief from a cultural perspective.  Springer Publishing Co.

  • Younes, M. & Klein, S. A. (2014).  The international adoption experience: Do they live happily ever after? Adoption Quarterly, 17 (1).  65-83. DOI: 10.1080/10926755.2014.875090.

  • 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. (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, Asia, 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. 

  • 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).