Sameera Ahmed


Sameera Ahmed


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Sameera Ahmed is a Fellow at ISPU and an Assistant Clinical Professor at Wayne State University in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, She is the Director of The Family and Youth Institute (FYI), a research institute that conducts research promoting the strengthening of young people and their families. Dr. Ahmed also serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Muslim Mental Health. She received an MS in Biology from Bowling Green State University and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University.


MS, Bowling Green State University; PhD, Farleigh Dickinson University

Areas of Expertise

  1. American Muslims
  2. Mental Health
  3. Muslim Youth
  4. Health Care
  5. Family and Marriage


  • American Muslim youth are a heterogeneous group, with varying backgrounds, experiences, and needs. Families, schools, and communities can benefit from research on American Muslim youth to improve current approaches in youth programming and development. This report identifies the nuances and complexities of American Muslim youth’s...

  • This pilot study initiates the process of documenting the prevalence of alcohol use among this specific population and to explore potential areas of intervention. In particular, this pilot study examines the relationship of alcohol use and various factors: family, religiosity, personal beliefs, and social influences. Our research combined an innovative sampling technique – respondent-driven sampling – with a web-based survey to gather data on this difficult-to-reach group.

  • The issues and interventions discussed in this book, by authoritative contributors, are diverse and multifaceted. Topics that have been ignored in previous literature are introduced, such as sex therapy, substance abuse counseling, university counseling, and community-based prevention. Chapters integrate tables, lists, and suggested phrasing for...

  • The transition to college in the United States is a vulnerable period in the developmental trajectory between childhood and adulthood (Boyd et al. 2005). In general, this period represents an entrance into a new environment with potentially new norms of behavior. One behavior in particular...

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