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Alif Ahmed

Research Associate, ECDEC


Alif is a Research Associate with demonstrated history of working in the research industry. Skilled in Policy Analysis, Quantitative Research, Qualitative Research, Child Development and Program Evaluation. Using a racial equity lens, he has conducted comprehensive assessments to identify health and mental health disparities for local governments and non-profit organizations. Using a community empowered framework, he has implemented several collaborative intervention to build capacity within communities who have been historically marginalized. In addition to the above mentioned practices, he has led several research projects to highlight the everyday struggles facing many marginalized communities, including but not limited to refugees, asylum seekers, immigrants who are undocumented, survivors of domestic violence and youths at risk of violence and sex trafficking. Being a part of Global TIES has allowed him to harness some of his lived experience as a former refugee and asylee. Ahmed holds a B.S. degree in Applied Psychology from New York University and a M.S. degree in Social Work and Policy from Columbia University.  

Selected Publications

Alif, A., Nelson, B. S., Stefancic, A., Ahmed, R., & Okazaki, S. (2019, May 2). Documentation status and psychological distress among New York City community college students. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. Advance online publication.

Ahmed, A. (2020). Building a Therapeutic Alliance with a Dreamer: Trials and Tribulations of an Undocumented Immigrant. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 20, 2020, from