Sawssan Ahmed

Sawssan R. Ahmed serves as a Research Associate and Community Educator at The Family and Youth Institute. She completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Wayne State University and Postdoctoral training in Developmental Issues and Health Disparities at the University of California, Los Angeles, and San Diego State University.

She currently serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at California State University, Fullerton, a Volunteer Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health, Division of Global Health at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Ahmed is also a licensed psychologist in the state of California and was formerly a Research Fellow at the Child Adolescent Services Research Center.

Her research focuses on the role of socio-cultural risk and protective factors in physical and mental health, with a special interest in Arab-Americans, adolescents, and refugees. Her teaching and clinical interests include child and adolescent psychotherapy and cultural competency in working with Arab-American, immigrant and refugee communities. For more information about Sawssan’s research, click here.