Dr. Sameera Ahmed is the Executive Director of The Family and Youth Institute (The FYI.org), a leading mental health research and education organization dedicated to strengthening and empowering Muslim individuals, families, and communities through innovative resources such as infographics, videos, toolkits, and research reports.
Dr. Ahmed holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology, has a private clinical practice, and has taught classes at varying universities across the US. She is known for her contributions in promoting Muslim mental health, most notably Counseling Muslims: Handbook of Mental Health Issues and Interventions, the most internationally known and translated academic book on Muslim Mental health.
Dr. Ahmed is a leading expert on American Muslim youth and has produced numerous groundbreaking publications, including State of American Muslim youth, Uplifting Black Muslim youth, Prevalence of Risk behaviors of US Muslim college students, and Alcohol Use among US Muslim college students. She serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Muslim Mental Health, has been invited as a subject matter expert to events organized by the White House House, Health and Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA), and the Department of Education (DOE). In addition, she has been cited in numerous media outlets, including New York Times, Washington Post, and The Atlantic.
Dr. Ahmed has been a community activist at both the grassroots and national levels for over 35 years, including starting Islamic Awareness week, serving as Vice-President for MSA-National, and as a board member of the Muslim American Society (MAS). Follow her @DrSameeraAhmed