Zaineb Noreen Ahmad
Zaineb N. Ahmad is an Advanced Standing Clinical Masters of Social Work student at the Columbia School of Social Work, specializing in School Based Services and Links. She is placed at the Action Lab for her field internship and is the lead facilitator for the Umoja Circles Initiative. She co-facilitated a Fall 2022 Cohort for “How to be a Successful Young Woman'' 12 week group therapy for Black female youth with CSSW and Action Lab alumni Ethelyn Pugh, LMSW with the Center for Psychotherapy. Zaineb is currently recruiting participants to take place in the Spring 2023 Umoja Circles 6 week emotional processing space, with connections from Graham Windham and Graham Counseling. She also hosts UC weekly meetings which are currently held on Mondays, 4:30pm. Zaineb also helps with Social Media posting and website development.
Zaineb is also a Graduate Research Assistant at the The Neurocognition, Early Experience and Development (NEED) Lab at Teachers College. At the lab, Zaineb researches along with PI, Dr. Kimberly Noble, to address how socioeconomic factors, including home environment, impact adolescent neurological development for 1-36-month old babies in New York City. She conducts EEG brain waves scans of infant brain activity from participants under the age of three, inputs and records data in RedCap, collects epigenetic swabs, and codes in Python to remove naps from Lena device scripts.
Zaineb is interested in attaining her LCSW and working with children and families, as she has worked with children, of all ages, ethnicities, and abilities for the last 7 years in various school and clinical settings and is excited to continue doing so after graduating in May 2023.