Jessica Ford, M.A.
Jessica Ford is a fifth year graduate student in the doctoral program. She lives in New Bern, NC with her husband and dog, Wookie. She has worked in the cardiac psychology lab with Dr. Sears for three years and has a special focus on medical trauma associated with living with a defibrillator, especially posttraumatic stress disorder in ICD patients. She is currently applying for internship in Clinical Psychology and will be working for the Army’s Center for Health Promotion and Preventative Medicine following her graduation.
Sears, S., Ford, J., & Cahill, J. (In Press). Poor health status and distress in cardiac patients: The role of device therapy versus underlying heart disease. Europace.
Woodrow, L., Cutitta, K., Ford, J., Smith, J., Hazelton, G., Shea, J., Fischer, A., Sears, S. (under review). Patient reported health outcomes and shock anxiety in a web-based national ICD sample.
Sears, S., Woodrow, L., Cutitta, K., Ford, J., Cahill, J., & Shea, J., (accepted for publication). Living confidently with CHF. Circulation.
Ford, J., Sears, S., Shea, J., Cahill, J. (In Press). Coping with trauma and stressful events as a patient with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator: Patient page. Circulation.
Horn, M., Ford, J., Fairbrother, D., & Sears, S. F. (In Press). Cardiovascular complaints in adolescence: Clinical considerations. In W. O’Donohue, L. Benuto, & L. Tolle (eds.), Adolescent Health Psychology. New York, NY: Springer.
Ford, J., Sears, S. (In Press). Interactive case challenge: Managing posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms secondary to implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) therapy. Cardiac Rhythm Management.
Dimsdale, C., Dimsdale, A., Ford, J., Shea, J. B., Sears, S. F. (2012). My child needs or has an ICD: What should I do? Circulation, 126, e244 - e247.
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.
Ford, J., Cutitta, K. E., Woodrow, L. K., Kirian, K., & Sears, S. F. (2011). Caring for the heart and mind in ICD patients. Cardiac Electrophysiology Clinics, 3, 451 - 62.
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.
Davis, C. E., Hauf, J. D., Wu, D. Q., Everhart, D. E. (2010). Brain function with complex decision making using electroencephalography. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 79, 175 – 83.