Sawssan R. Ahmed

Sawssan R. Ahmed BA,MA,PhD

Clinical Psychologist Years Of Experience: 18
  • Women’s Mental Health
  • About the Physician

    Dr. Sawssan Ahmed is a clinical psychologist in the Women’s Mental Health Clinic at Sidra Medicine. She provides psychological evaluations and treatment for perinatal women and conducts research to better understand the social and cultural etiology of mental illness. Her expertise lies in providing evidence-based interventions supported by clinical research and ensuring they are culturally appropriate. She is trained in cognitive-behavioral, individual, couples, solution- focused and multi-systemic therapies.

    At Sidra, she currently leads two research projects that explore the validity of depression and anxiety screening measures in pregnant Arabic speaking women and is the lead Principal Investigator on a Qatar National Research Fund grant to culturally adapt an intervention to prevent postpartum depression.

    Dr. Ahmed has been an assistant professor in the Departments of Psychology and Human Development at the California State University and held an appointment as a Voluntary Clinical Instructor at University of California, San Diego, Department of Family Medicine

    Languages Spoken

    English, Arabic

    Years Of Experience
    18
    Education
    • B.A. with Honors in Psychology and Arabic Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, U.S.
    • M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, U.S.
    • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, U.S.
    • APA Accredited Internship at St. John’s Hospital, Santa Monica, CA, U.S.
    • Postdoctoral Fellowship at UCLA’s Center for Culture, Trauma and Mental Health Disparities
    • Postdoctoral Fellowship at UCSD/SDSU’s Child and Adolescent Serviced Research Center
    Affiliations
    • Assistant professor in the Departments of Psychology and Human Development at the California State University
    • Voluntary Clinical Instructor at University of California, San Diego, Department of Family Medicine
    Areas of Interest
    • Cultural adaptions of evidence-based treatments, use of culture and spirituality in interventions, Multisystemic interventions, Role of culture and religion in physical and mental health, Arab, Muslim, American Muslim and Arab and refugee mental health
    Educational Interests
    • Mentoring graduate and medical students in evidenced based psychological interventions
    • Mentoring graduate and medical students in psychological research
    Medical Publications (selected publications for last 5 years)
    • Tahseen, M., Ahmed, S.R. & Ahmed, S. (2019). Muslim Youth in the Face of Islamophobia: Risk and Resilience. In H.S. Moffic, R.M., Sheikh, J. Peteet & a. Hankir (Eds.), Muslim Youth in the Face of Islamophobia: Risk and Resilience. Springer. New York.
    • Tahseen, M., Ahmed, S. & Ahmed, S.R. (2019). Bullying of Muslim Youth: A Family Youth Institute Report., https://www.thefyi.org/reports/bullying-of-muslim-youth.
    • Ahmed, S. R. (2018). The Visibility and Invisibility of Arab Americans and Implications for Psychological Treatment: A Comment on Cho. Ethics & Behavior, 1-4.
    • Ahmed, S. R., Amer, M. M., & Killawi, A. (2017). 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, S.R., Mana, M., (2016). 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 Psychologic