Dr. Maureen Stress spent her early childhood in Detroit before moving to Germany as a teen. Her international education, combined with growing up a first-generation American, afforded her an understanding of the common ties that bind all children – a desire to be loved by family and friends, to be kept safe, and to realize academic and occupational success.
Dr. Stress attended the University of Michigan as an undergraduate, finishing with a double major in psychology and philosophy. She obtained research training working with traumatic brain injury, burn injury, and sickle cell anemia patients at Detroit Receiving, Harper Hospital, and the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan. She obtained her first master's degree in clinical psychology from New York University. While there, she was involved in depression research and HIV education and prevention. Dr. Stress returned to the Detroit Medical Center to work on psychiatric and neurochemical pharmacology research projects before entering a neuropsychology Ph.D. program at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. During graduate school, she obtained clinical and research training at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, the University of Illinois, and Lutheran General Hospital. She was an emergency room crisis counselor at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and North Shore University Health System hospitals. An internship at Edward Hines Jr. Veteran's Hospital afforded additional training in adult neuropsychology, outpatient therapy, and posttraumatic stress disorder. During her postdoctoral fellowship at Loyola University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, she completed major rotations in adult and pediatric neuropsychology, and a minor rotation in psycho-oncology. Finally, Dr. Stress served for many years in the research and flex staff departments at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (now the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab).
After completing her training, Dr. Stress started pediatric clinics at two Chicago private practices. In 2009, Dr. Stress founded Children's Neuropsychological Services (CNS), a practice dedicated to serving children, adolescents, and young adults with a variety of complaints including unexplained academic difficulties, attention deficits and hyperactivity, emotional and behavioral dysregulation, poor socialization, serious medical illness, neurological disorders, and psychiatric disorders. Dr. Stress has expertise in learning disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autistic spectrum disorders, traumatic brain injuries, and psychiatric disorders. She has been an invited speaker to assist with educating the public on brain injury, developmental disabilities and the importance of inclusion and access for individuals engaging in habilitation or rehabilitation. Dr. Stress has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Her work has been presented both locally and internationally. However, her primary interest is clinical practice. Dr. Stress is also on staff in the Department of Psychiatry at Cook County Health.
Dr. Stress is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in Illinois. Dr. Stress has met the American Board of Professional Psychology's general requirements, as well as the specific education and training requirements of the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology for admission to candidacy to become board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology. Dr. Stress is currently in the process of obtaining board certification. For a full review of her curriculum vitae please click.
In her spare time, Dr. Stress enjoys spending time with her family, frequenting local Chicago restaurants and music venues, running, and studying Krav Maga.