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Dr. Maria Alonso-Mahoney was born in Cuba and raised in Miami, Florida. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Florida International University in 1987. She later obtained her Master’s Degree in Psychology (1995) at Miami Institute of Psychology (now known as Carlos Albizu University) with Utmost Distinction. In 1999, she obtained her Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D) from Miami Institute of Psychology.
Dr. Alonso-Mahoney has been licensed to practice in Florida as a Clinical Psychologist for the past 15 years and has been working in the field for more than 25 years, dedicating her career mostly in the area of psychological evaluations and diagnostic assessments. Her experience and knowledge in the area of psychological assessment is quite extensive, completing over 1,000 psychological and psychoeducational evaluations, and has trained and supervised doctoral level psychology students (at the practicum level, interns and post-doctorate level) in numerous cases (300+ cases), with a wide range of populations (spanning from pre-school to elderly) and diverse cultures. She has provided expert testimony in cases involving child abuse and neglect. Her psychological evaluation and assessment experience have included Court-ordered evaluations to determine fit to parent, supervised/unsupervised/or therapeutic visitation rights, custody placement, residential treatment recommendations, termination of parental rights, child ability to testify, juvenile delinquency, custody litigation, mental competency to stand trial, disability determinations, vocational rehabilitation assessments, extreme hardship for immigration matters, gifted testing, autism spectrum and ADHD diagnostic testing, and extensive psychoeducational evaluations to determine learning disorder and special education accommodations. Dr. Alonso-Mahoney also served as the Assessment Supervisor and Program Coordinator at the Institute for Child & Family Health (2005-2013) overseeing the entire management and day to day operations of the outpatient assessment program.
Since 2006, Dr. Alonso-Mahoney has been providing individual, weekly supervision to practicum students and interns at the Goodman Psychological Services Center. In 2012, she became the Chief Psychologist at the Goodman Center and is currently the Director of the Doctoral Internship Program. She has been an Assistant Professor in the Psy.D program at Albizu University for the past years. r.