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 2019-20: 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. 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.

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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