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Farah Ahmad

Farah Ahmad

Faculty Associate



School of Health Policy and Management, York University

Research Keywords:

Health and care; immigration/refugee status, gender and race; South Asian diaspora; primary care; mental health; partner violence; neurodiversity; community-engaged mixed method research

Research Region(s):

Research Diaspora(s):

South Asian Diaspora

Dr. Farah Ahmad is Associate Professor at the School of Health Policy and Management, Faculty of Health, York University. Dr. Ahmad’s training includes family medicine, public health sciences, and health care research with critical approaches. She conducts community engaged mixed-method research to examine and address health inequities at the intersection of immigration/refugee status, gender and race specially for the socially stigmatized issues like mental health conditions, family violence and neurodiversity. Her collaborators include local and international organizations engaged in research, practice and policymaking for health and social care. Dr. Ahmad has received over $12 million in research grants and published +100 articles, chapters and reports. She enjoys mentoring students and has supervised 30 graduate students for their research projects as part of thesis, major research paper or required practicums. In recognition of her mentorship, she received Kiran van Rijn Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research (STIHR) in Health Care, Technology and Place. Dr. Ahmad is recipient of prestigious awards like the CIHR Health Research Fellowships (2003–04 and 2004–07), the CIHR Postdoctoral Award (2007–09), the CIHR–STIHR Doctoral/Postdoctoral Award (top-up), the CIHR Investigator Award (2014–19), the Early Researcher Award (2014–19) established by the Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation (Ontario) to train emerging researchers, and the recognition of York University Research Leaders (2015).