Fatema Z. Ahmed is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Central Florida's School of Global Health Informatics & Management. She earned her Ph.D. in Public Affairs, specializing in global and community health services research. Her doctoral research explored the effects of state Medicaid policy on the planned utilization of medications for opioid use disorder among individuals referred to specialty substance use disorder treatment facilities by the criminal justice system. Notably, her work was funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the University of Central Florida’s College of Graduate Studies through the Doctoral Research Support Award and the Graduate Dean's Dissertation Completion Fellowship.

Dr. Ahmed’s research interests include health policy and health services research, with a particular focus on substance use disorders in vulnerable populations. She also actively contributes to additional research endeavors as a member of The Substance Use Policy Evaluation and Research (SUPER) workgroup.