Maya Libben

Associate Professor

Other Titles: Registered Psychologist #2167
Office: ASC 284
Phone: 250.807.9026

Graduate student supervisor. Considering graduate students (both streams) for 2023-24.

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Research Summary

Clinical cognitive neuroscience; stroke; hemispatial neglect; traumatic brain injury; neuropsychological assessment; cognitive bias; eating disorders; body image; bilingualism; eye-tracking.

Courses & Teaching

Introductory psychology; psychopathology; clinical intervention; multiculturalism and clinical supervision.


Dr. Maya Libben is an Associate Professor of Psychology and the lead investigator of the PLAN Lab at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan. She is also a registered clinical psychologist (#2167) with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia. Dr. Libben completed her Bachelor of Science at the University of Alberta and received her PhD in clinical psychology from McGill University. She completed clinical residencies and practica at a number of major hospitals including the Montreal General Hospital, the Montreal Neurological Institute, the Jewish General Hospital and the Douglas Hospital. Following her PhD, Dr. Libben completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School, through the department of psychiatry. She is a Livingston fellow and has been honoured with a number of awards including the Adam Corneel Award and a NARSAD Young Investigator Award.


Psychopathology Lifespan and Neuropsychology Laboratory
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BSc University of Alberta
PhD McGill University

Dr. Libben is currently accepting applications for post-doctoral fellowship.

Research Interests & Projects

The PLAN Lab is a CFI-funded laboratory space dedicated to research in the areas of clinical- and neuro-psychology. Research in the PLAN lab is conducted under the supervision of Dr. Maya Libben, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at UBC Okanagan.

Neuropsychological research in the PLAN Lab is conducted in collaboration with the Department of Psychology at Kelowna General Hospital and Dr. Harry Miller in particular. Learn more about our neuropsychological research program.

Clinical research at the PLAN Lab is conducted primarily in the laboratory facilities on campus. Our clinical research uses state-of-the-art methodological platforms to investigate the cognitive underpinnings of psychopathology. Learn more about our clinical research program.

Selected Publications & Presentations

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Misener, K. & *Libben, M. (2017) The relationship between cognitive bias and eating disordered traits in a sub-clinical sample: A lexical decision study. Body Image, 21, 103-106. Doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2017.03.004 Impact factor: 2.80

Campbell, M., Leitner, D., Miller, H. & *Libben, M. (2017). A Comparison of the Buschke Selective Reminding Test and the California Verbal Learning Test-Second Edition in a Stroke Population. Applied Neuropsychology – Adult. Doi: Impact factor: 1.97

Leitner, D., *Miller, H. & *Libben, M. (2017). Comparison of the Buschke Selective Reminding Test and the California Verbal Learning Test-Second Edition in a Traumatic Brain Injured Population. Applied
Neuropsychology – Adult, 19, 1-15. Doi: 10.1080/23279095.2017.1362561. Impact factor: 1.97

Quesnel, D., Libben, M., Oelke, N., Clark, M., Willis-Stewart, S. & *Caperchione, C. (2017) Is abstinence really the best option? Exploring the role of exercise in the treatment and management of eating
disorders. Eating Disorders, 13, 1-21. Doi: 10.1080/10640266.2017.1397421. Impact factor: 2.81

Udala, M., Leitner, D., Clark, J., Miller, H. & *Libben M. (2018). Psychological Disturbance and Cognitive Functioning in TBI patients. Applied Neuropsychology: Adult, 32, 1-9. Doi: 10.1080/23279095.2018.1460370; Impact factor: 1.56

Libben, M., Goral, M. & Libben, G. (2018) Bilingualism: A framework for understanding the mental lexicon. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing. doi: 10.1075/bpa.6

Leitner, D., *Miller, H. & *Libben, M. (2018). Assessing the Predictive Value of a Neuropsychological Model on Concurrent Function in Early Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 25, 1-23. Doi: 10.1080/13854046.2018.1487586; Impact Factor 1.81.

Libben, M., Goral, M. & Libben, G. (2018) The dynamic lexicon: complex words in bilingual minds. In Bilingualism: A framework for understanding the mental lexicon. Libben, M., Goral, M. & Libben, G. (eds). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company. doi: 10.1075/bpa.6.003int

Libben, M. (2018) Dynamic Non-Selective Access within the Bilingual Mental Lexicon. In Bilingualism: A framework for understanding the mental lexicon. Libben, M., Goral, M. & Libben, G. (eds). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company. doi: 10.1075/bpa.6.05lib

Quesnel, D., Libben, M. & *Caperchione, C. (2018). Preliminary assessment criteria for prescribing exercise when treating eating disorders: What do the experts have to say? Mental Health and Physical Activity, 15, 27-33. Doi: 10.1016/j.mhpa.2018.06.006 ; Impact factor: 2.00

Upshaw, J., Leitner, D., Rutherford, B., Miller, H. & *Libben, M. (2019) Allocentric vs. Egocentric Neglect in Stroke Patients: A Pilot Study Investigating the Assessment of Neglect Subtypes and their Impacts on Functional Outcome using Eye-Tracking. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 6, 1-11. doi: 10.1017/S1355617719000110. Impact factor: 2.77

Selected Grants & Awards

Canadian Foundation for Innovation – Infrastructure Operations Fund

Canadian Foundation for Innovation – John Evans Leadership Fund

British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund

Brain and Behavioural Research Foundation – Young Investigator Grant

Adam Corneel Young Investigator Award

Professional Services/Affiliations/Committees

Member, Canadian Psychological Association
Member, American Psychological Association
Member, International Neuropsychological Society
Member, Canadian Society for Brain Behaviour and Cognitive Science
Member, Association for Behaviour and Cognitive Therapies


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