Dr Ola Ahmed

Clinical Psychologist, Child and Adolescent


Dr. Ola Ahmed is a bilingual Clinical Psychologist (Arabic/English). She is licensed to practice with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), the Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD), and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) in the UK. Dr. Ahmed holds a Bachelor of Psychology degree (with Hons I) from the University of Sydney (2009). She completed her Master of Psychology (Clinical) degree at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in 2013. Dr. Ahmed also holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree from UNSW (2015). Her PhD thesis was in the field of experimental clinical psychology, investigating the processes involved in fear learning and anxiety.

Dr. Ahmed joined Maudsley Health in October 2017 with over 5 years of professional experience practicing across various clinical settings in Australia and the UAE. She has worked with children and families in private practice, hospital settings and schools. Before joining Maudsley Health, Dr. Ahmed worked as a Psychologist with the New South Wales Department of Education. In this role, she worked as part of a team which provided specialist psychological support to students from refugee backgrounds. Alongside her clinical work, Dr. Ahmed has also pursued her interest in research and teaching, working part-time as a postdoctoral researcher at UNSW, Australia from 2015-2016.

Dr. Ahmed works therapeutically with children and families using a range of evidence-based therapeutic modalities, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-based therapies, and Attachment-Focussed Family Therapy. She has a particular interest in the treatment of anxiety-related difficulties, including general anxiety and worry, separation anxiety, and specific phobias. She can offer clinical support for the wide range of behavioural, emotional, and social difficulties that present during childhood and adolescence. Dr. Ahmed is also experienced in the assessment and management of neurodevelopmental disorders, including Autism and ADHD. She is trained in the administration of standardised assessment tools and uses these as part of comprehensive mental health, cognitive, and academic assessments.