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Dr. Alia Ammar

Clinical Neuropsychologist, Head of Neuropsychology Department
PhD (Adult/ Geriatric Neuropsychologist)

Abu Dhabi


Dr. Ammar received her Doctorate (PhD) in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University, in Chicago, Illinois, USA, in 2003. She then went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in the Center for Cognitive Medicine, where she completed select medical coursework in the neurological sciences. She received her initial training in clinical neuropsychology at University of Chicago Hospitals, then completed her residency in neuropsychology at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, both in Chicago, USA. She received two teaching fellowships at the Illinois Consortium for Educational Opportunities Program and Loyola University, serving as a Lecturer of Psychology for courses in diversity, psychological assessment, and psychotherapy from 1998 until 2007.

Dr. Ammar has worked as a clinical neuropsychologist and researcher in the USA, primarily in the Chicago region, for the past 11 years. She comes to ACPN from Midwest Consultants for Cognitive Medicine, in Gurnee, Illinois, USA, where she was the CEO and Director of Neuropsychology. Dr. Ammar also held allied staff privileges at Northwestern Medicine-Lake Forest Hospital and Northwest Community Hospital, both in Illinois, USA. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Illinois College of Medicine, and is an annual guest lecturer at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, in Illinois, USA, educating medical residents on the cultural and religious factors important in psychological care for Muslim patients.

Dr. Ammar also provides CEU lectures for nurses, social workers, and other care providers on neuropsychological issues affecting adult and geriatric populations, and conducts community-based workshops on communication, motivation, and improving familial relationships.

Dr. Ammar specializes in the clinical and forensic neuropsychological assessment of adult or geriatric patients with Traumatic Brain Injury, Electrical Injury, Dementia, psychiatric illness, and neurobehavioral complications related to medical illness. She conducts neuropsychological evaluations for a range of neurocognitive and neuropsychiatric disorders, ranging from ADHD, Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, and Acute Concussion, to Post-Concussive Syndrome and the spectrum of neurodegenerative diseases, like Dementia. She has also conducted research exploring the effects of traumatic experiences on the cognition and psychological well-being of adolescents, substance abusers, and survivors of Electrical Injury. The findings of her research have been presented at international conferences and in peer reviewed journals, and have recently been adapted for use in continuing education programs.

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