Founder of the Family Youth Institute
Hijri - Unknown-Present (AH); Common Era - Unknown-Present (CE)
Dr. Sameera Ahmed began her career organizing and working as a community activist with the Muslim American Society. She quickly identified a gap in resources, even information on the lives of many Muslim American youth. Dr. Ahmed holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and has taught as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Wayne State University. As her work as a psychiatrist was becoming more and more popular among community organizations and conferences focused on improving Muslim family life, she was determined to found her own group to research just how young Islamic communities were suffering with mental health, drug and alcohol use, and other issues. In 2006, the Family Youth Institute was established, providing a space for scientific research to provide concrete data on young Muslim populations that was not happening anywhere else. Now over a decade later, the FYI provides lectures, workshops, conference speakers, and community programming that provide interdisciplinary help in countless areas of family life, youth development, parenting, and mental health. Dr. Ahmed has contributed to many academic publications, including co-editing a groundbreaking work entitled Counseling Muslims: Handbook of Mental Health Issues and Interventions. Nationally known for her work, she has been invited to speaking arrangements for the White House, Health and Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA), and Department of Education (DOE).