About Zeba Ahmad, PhD

Zeba Ahmad, PhD, is a clinical health psychologist and Postdoctoral Clinical Research Fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She works as a Research Fellow at the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education (CORE) program. She supports a number of qualitative, quantitative, and intervention research projects, including investigating healthcare providers’ treatment-related decision-making and young adult cancer survivors’ behavioral health. Dr. Ahmad has served as principal investigator on two funded qualitative studies investigating young adults’ emotion, cognition, and problem-solving regarding cancer survivorship. She aims to develop a program of research in applying evidence-based intervention strategies to improve mental health among young adults with cancer.

Dr. Ahmad treats anxiety disorders and depression, and specializes in working with individuals coping with cancer or other chronic illnesses. She works at the Center for Psychiatric Oncology and Behavioral Sciences as a Clinical Fellow. Dr. Ahmad has formal training and experience in providing evidence-based therapies including Interpersonal Therapy, CBT, DBT, ACT, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy, and Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy. She integrates these tools to support people from diverse backgrounds and identities in finding acceptance and pursuing meaning despite their health challenges. In addition to treating general anxiety, PTSD, OCD, panic disorder, insomnia, depression, and other disorders, Dr. Ahmad also provides targeted therapy for health-related quality-of-life concerns such as coping with physical pain and fatigue, addressing disruptions in intimacy/sexuality, and treating traumatic and prolonged grief in caregivers. She has worked in a range of healthcare settings, including with individuals undergoing treatment for infertility, those with inflammatory bowel disease, those in treatment for morbid obesity, memory disorders, and other chronic health concerns.

Ph.D. in Health Psychology & Clinical Science, City University of New York
Predoctoral Residency in Medical Psychology, Duke University Medical Center
M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Teachers College of Columbia University
Ed.M. in Human Development & Psychology, Harvard Graduate School of Education