Omar M. Mahmood, Ph.D., is a clinical neuropsychologist and is licensed to practice psychology in California, USA and in the State of Qatar. He has conducted numerous neuropsychological evaluations of children and adults. He is also experienced in providing evidence-based psychotherapy. Dr. Mahmood is bilingual in English and Arabic and has worked as a consultant neuropsychologist throughout the Middle East and North Africa region.
Dr. Mahmood graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychobiology and Arabic. He then completed a Master of Arts degree and a Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Clinical Psychology from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Mahmood completed his clinical psychology internship at the University of California, San Diego and the VA San Diego Healthcare System. His internship specialized in neuropsychological assessment and child/adolescent psychiatric services. He then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at the UC San Diego School of Medicine.
Prior to joining Sidra, Dr. Mahmood was a Staff Neuropsychologist at Executive Mental Health, in Los Angeles, California and an Assistant Project Scientist in the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Diego where he was involved in cognitive neuroscience research on brain maturation and function. He frequently gives community lectures on topics of mental health, brain development, and psychology from an Islamic perspective. In addition, he has served as an ad-hoc reviewer for various peer reviewed scientific journals in the fields of substance use, psychology, neuropsychology, and neuroimaging.
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- Neuropsychological assessment in the Arab world: Observations and challenges.
- Adolescents’ fMRI activation to a response inhibition task predicts future substance use