Thomas Harriot College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Psychology

Dr. Jessica Ford
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Jessica Ford, PhD
Assistant Professor

Office: 314 Rawl
Phone: 252-737-3000
Fax: 252-328-6283

Mailing Address:

314 Rawl Building
Department of Psychology
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858-4353

Willing to consider taking students in 2018-19: Yes


PhD, Clinical Health Psychology, East Carolina University
MA, Clinical Health Psychology, East Carolina University
BS, Psychology, The University of Mount Olive

Research Interests: Dr. Ford is a clinical health psychologist whose primary research interest is the research-practice gap in clinical psychology and behavior change practice. She focuses on the development and evaluation of evidence-informed interventions developed to treat Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (especially medical trauma) and promote health and wellness (particularly in the area of health behaviors that prevent cardiovascular disease). Research activities conducted in this lab primarily involve evaluation of methods of addressing the research practice gap in two target populations, (1) those who have experienced medical trauma, and (2) active duty military, especially soldiers in the US Army.

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.

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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