Maya Libben, PhD

(She, Her, Hers)

Associate Professor

Other Titles: Registered Clinical Psychologist
Office: ASC 284
Phone: 250.807.9026

Graduate student supervisor. Will consider Psychology graduate students for September 2024 intake.

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Research Summary

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

Courses & Teaching

Introduction to Psychology; Clinical Supervision; Clinical Intervention


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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PhD, McGill University; Postdoctoral Fellowship Harvard University

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

Students under supervision are marked with an *asterisk

*Wang, Y., *Wang, Y., *Ly, M., *Misener, K. *Nichol, M. & Libben, M. (2022). Factorial Validity, Reliability, and Measurement Invariance of the Negative Physical Self Scale in a Sample of Men Residing in North America. Psychological Assessment. doi: 10.1037/pas0001165


*Leitner, D., *Udala, M., Miller, H., & Libben, M. (2022). Selecting the Appropriate Memory Test for Stroke Patients Criterion Validity of the Buschke Selective Reminding Test. European Society of Medicine, 10(8). doi: 10.18103/mra.v10i8.2967

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*Fraser, E., *Misener, K. & Libben, M. (2022). Exploring the impact of a gratitude-focused meditation on body dissatisfaction: Can a brief auditory gratitude intervention protect young women against exposure to the thin ideal? Body Image, 41, 331-341. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2022.04.002.

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*Wang, Y., *Wang, Y., *Misener, K. & Libben, M. (2021). Cognitive Bias Modification for Perfectionism: Examining the Mediating and Moderating Effects of Body Dissatisfaction and Self-Efficacy. Current Psychologydoi: 10.1007/s12144-021-01550-9.

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*Udala, M., Ohlhauser, L., *Campbell, M., Langlois, A. *Leitner, D., Libben, M. & Miller, H. (2020). A Psychometric Examination of the PAI-SF in Persons with Recent Stroke. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 15, 1-22. doi: 10.1080/13854046.2020.1831076.

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Libben, M. & *Nortage, R. (2020). Cognitive Bias Modification and eating disorders in the elderly: A brief review. Annals of Nutritional Disorders & Therapy, 7(1): 1062. doi: 10.1011/s549390-0210-1593058

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*Misener, K. & Libben, M. (2020). Examination of the Relationship Between Attentional Biases and Body Dissatisfaction: An Eye-Tracking Study. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 43, 211-232. doi: 10.1007/s10608-020-10084-6.

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*Ly, M., *Misener, K. & Libben, M. (2019). Validation of the translated Negative Physical Self Scale in a female North American sample: Preliminary examination. Eating Behaviors34, 101-109. doi: 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2019.101314.

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*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 Society6, 1-11. doi: 10.1017/S1355617719000110.

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*Udala, M., *Leitner, D., *Clark, J., Miller, H. & Libben M. (2018). Psychological Disturbance and Cognitive Functioning in TBI patients. Applied Neuropsychology: Adult32, 1-9. doi: 10.1080/23279095.2018.1460370.

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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 Activity15, 27-33. doi: 10.1016/j.mhpa.2018.06.006

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*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 Neuropsychologist25, 1-23. doi: 10.1080/13854046.2018.1487586.

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*Campbell, M., *Leitner, D., Miller, H. & Libben, M. (2018). A Comparison of the Buschke Selective Reminding Test and the California Verbal Learning Test- Second Edition in a Stroke Population. Applied Neuropsychology: Adult25(6), 504-512. doi: 10.1080/23279095.2017.1333510.

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Libben, M., Goral, M. & Libben, G. (2017) Bilingualism: A framework for understanding the mental lexicon. Amsterdam/ Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company. doi: 10.1075/bpa.

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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 Image21, 103-106. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2017.03.004.

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*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: Adultdoi: 10.1080/23279095.2017.1362561.

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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 Disorders13, 1-21. doi: 10.1080/10640266.2017.1397421.

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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