American University of Beirut Lebanon
Dr. Akoury-Dirani earned her PhD in clinical psychology and psychopathology from Université René Descartes-Paris 5. Dr Akoury-Dirani was among the first who introduced the practice of inclusive education for children with special needs in Lebanese schools; and the first professional to establish a psycho-education program for children with autism in Lebanon. In parallel with her private practice as clinical psychologist for children and adolescents, Dr. Akoury-Dirani was a professor at the Saint Joseph University of Beirut for 20 years where she was in charge of different academic programs, among which the direction of the Institut Libanais d’Educateurs.
At the national level, Dr Akoury-Dirani collaborated with the Lebanese government and the United Nations agencies to develop more equitable policies towards the most vulnerable children and adolescents mainly children with disabilities and maltreated children. She was the president of the Lebanese Psychological Association between 2011 and 2016, and is actively engaged in the regulation of the profession of psychology.
In December 2008, Dr Akoury-Dirani joined the Department of Psychiatry of the Faculty of Medicine at the American University of Beirut. She provides psychological services to children and adolescents and their parents; participates to the teaching and training of medical and clinical psychology students.
Her research Interests are varied. They revolve around producing reliable psychological assessment tools to use with children, and consolidate the clinical diagnosis; studying the impact of psychological interventions on parenting skills, children and adolescents psychological profiles.