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Sawssan Ahmed

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Available in following clinical division(s): 
Women’s Mental Health,

About Sawssan Ahmed

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Sawssan Ahmed is a clinical psychologist in the Women’s Mental Health Clinic.    As part of the Women’s Mental Health Team, she provides psychological evaluations and treatments for perinatal women and conducts research to better understand the social and cultural etiology of mental illness.  Dr. Sawssan has been an assistant professor in the Departments of Psychology and Human Development at the California State University and is a Voluntary Clinical Instructor at University of California, San Diego, Department of Family Medicine.   She completed her postdoctoral training in developmental issues and health disparities and is passionate about studying the relationship between sociocultural risk and protective factors and health and championing culturally competent clinical work for Arab and Muslim populations.

Languages spoken: English, Arabic, Spanish (limited proficiency)

  •   Degrees:  PhD
  •   Specialities:  Adolescents, Clinical and Quantitative Research and Statistics, Clinical work with women, Individuals of Arab descent, Muslims, Refugees
Years of Experience
Clinical Excellence Awards


Sociocultural Factors and Parent–Therapist Agreement on Explanatory Etiologies for Youth Mental Health Problems
Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 1-10...
Yeh M, McCabe K, Ahmed S, Trang D, and Ganger W
In Amer, M., & Abdo., G. (Eds.), Handbook of Arab American Psychology. Routledge. New York...
Kia-Keating M, Ahmed SR
Psychological assessment and diagnosis
In Amer, M., & Abdo., G. (Eds.), Handbook of Arab American Psychology. Routledge. New York....
Mahmood OM, Ahmed SR
Arab Americans in Context: A Sociocultural Ecological Perspective in Understanding the Arab American Experience
In M. A. Bond, C. Keys, & I. Serrano-García. (Eds.), APA Handbook of Community Psychology. American Psychological Association. Washington DC...
Ahmed SR, Mana M
The ecosystems perspective in social work: Implications for culturally competent practice with American Muslims
Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought, 1-25....
Ahmed SR, Amer MM, Killawi A