Dr. Ford earned a BSN from Alcorn State University, an MSN and MBA from The University of Alabama, and a PhD in Nursing Science from The University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a charter member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Tau Eta Chapter. Professional memberships include American Nurses Association, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Southern Nursing Research Society, American Heart Association and the International Society on Hypertension in Blacks. She teaches Conceptual Foundations for Professional Nursing and Inquiry for Evidence Based Practice.
Dr. Ford received a grant from the Research Grants Committee at The University of Alabama for her study, Creating a Community Based Research Program for Rural Women: Identifying the Needs of the Community from the Members of the Community in 2009. She also received the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Epsilon Omega Chapter Research Award for her study, Creating a Community Based Research Program for Rural Women: Identifying Contributing Factors in Young Women. Dr. Ford completed the Junior Investigators Program at The University of Alabama in 2009 and the Health Disparities Research Training Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2010. She is currently participating in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Geriatric Education Center’s Faculty Scholars Program.
Her primary research interest is cardiovascular disease in rural, southern African American women focusing on older adults as well as health disparities in rural populations.