Thomas Harriot College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Psychology
Jessica Ford, PhDAssistant Professor
Office: 314 RawlPhone: 252-737-3000Fax: 252-328-6283E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
314 Rawl BuildingDepartment of PsychologyEast Carolina UniversityGreenville, NC 27858-4353
Willing to consider taking students in 2019-20: Yes
PhD, Clinical Health Psychology, East Carolina UniversityMA, Clinical Health Psychology, East Carolina UniversityBS, Psychology, The University of Mount Olive
Dr. Jess Ford conducts research which examines the relationships between mental health, especially trauma and stress-related disorders, and cardiovascular disease, with a special interest in U.S. service members and veterans. Her early work, as a research assistant during graduate training, was on psychosocial adjustment in a group of patients at risk for sudden cardiac death and she continues to have interests in medical trauma. Before coming to ECU, she worked for the Department of the Army as a Public Health Scientist. In this role, she led a multidisciplinary team in evaluating the effectiveness of health promotion and wellness programs intended to prevent chronic disease in Soldiers and other beneficiaries of Army public health programming. As a professor, she is using the knowledge she gained through these experiences to inform the research being conducted by the Military HEAlth Research and Translational Science Laboratory.
Selected publications in peer refereed journals:
Rosman, L., Ford, J., Whited, A., Cahill, J., Lampert,
R., Mosesso, V.N., Lawless, C., & Sears, S.F. (2015). Compound risk:
History of traumatic stress predicts PTSD symptoms and severity in sudden
cardiac arrest survivors. Journal of European Cardiovascular Nursing.
Ford, J., Sears, S.F., Ramza, B., Reynolds, D.W., Nguyen,
P., Murray, C., House, J., Kennedy, P., &Thompson, R, & Fedewa, M.
(2014).The registry evaluating
functional outcomes of resynchronization management (REFORM): Quality of Life
and Psychological functioning in patients receiving cardiac resynchronization
therapy. Journal of Cardiac Electrophysiology, 25(1), 43-51.
Ford, J., Sears, S., Shea, J., Cahill, J. (2013). Coping
with trauma and stressful events as a patient with an implantable cardioverter
defibrillator: Patient page. Circulation, 127, e426-e430.
Ford, J., Sears, S. (2012). Interactive case challenge:
Managing posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms secondary to implantable
cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) therapy. Cardiac Rhythm Management. http://crm.cardiosource.org/Case-Challenge/2012/10/Managing-PTSD-Symptoms-Secondary-to-ICD-Therapy.aspx
Ford, J., Finch, J., Woodrow, L. K., Cutitta, K., Sears,
S. F. (2012). The Florida Shock Anxiety Scale (FSAS) for patients with
implantable cardioverter defibrillators: Reliability, validity, and factor
structure of a previously established measure. Pacing and Clinical
Electrophysiology, 35, 1146 - 1153.
Sears, S. F., Hauf, J. D., Kirian, K., Hazelton, & G., Conti, J. B. (2011). Posttraumatic stress and the implantable cardioverter
defibrillator patient: What the electrophysiologist needs to know. Circulation,
4, 242 - 50.
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