Ford, Sabrina, PhD
Assistant Professor

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Dr. Sabrina Ford is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Biology at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Dr. Ford is also a faculty fellow in the new and innovative Shared Discovery Curriculum specializing in the Social Context of Clinical Decision Making. Her teaching experience also includes clinical psychiatry and DSM-V disorders. She is a mentor and advisor for medical students including those in the Advanced Baccalaureate Learning Experience program (ABLE).


Dr. Ford’s research focuses on: HPV prevention and vaccination; cervical cancer screening and treatment; women’s health risk behavior; health disparities; health literacy; and multicultural health. Her work involves design, implementation, and evaluation of prevention education and health promotion programs for women across the lifespan--from pre-adolescence to post-menopause. Her experience as a licensed psychologist informs her work in health behavior change. She has been a leader on several large public health projects and grants that address multicultural health and health equity. Her funding has included Health Resources Services Administration, National Institutes of Health, Pew Foundation, Penn Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, and Bureau of Justice Assistance (DOJ).

Dr. Ford earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in Counseling and Human Development from the University of Iowa. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Neurocognitive Science and Positive Psychology at The University of Pennsylvania.


Alcaraz, KI, Jamilia Sly, J, Ashing, K, Fleisher, L, Gil-Rivas,V, Ford S, Yi, J; Lu, Q ; Meade, CD; Menon, U; Gwede. CK.. (2017). The ConNECT Framework: A model for advancing behavioral medicine science and practice to foster health equity. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 40, 23-38.

Roman, LA; Zambrana, RE; Ford, S; Meghea, CI; Williams, KP. (2016). Casting a Wider Net: Engaging Community Health Worker Clients and Their Families in Cancer Prevention. Preventing Chronic Disease, 13, E130.

Williams, KP, Ford, S, Meghea, CI. (2015). Cultural connections: The key to retention of Black, Latina, and Arab women in the Kin KeeperSM cancer prevention intervention studies. Journal of Cancer Education, 31(3), 522-528.

Roman, LA, Meghea, C., Ford, S., Hamade, H., Estes, T., Penner, L., Williams, KP. (2014). Individual, provider, and system risk factors for breast and cervical cancer screening among underserved Black, Latina, and Arab women. Journal of Women’s Health, 23(1): 57–64.

Ford, S., Meghea, C., Estes, T., Hamade, H., Lockett, M., Williams, K.P. (2013), Intervention Fidelity of the KeeperSM Prevention Intervention in African American, Latina, and Arab Women. Health Education Research, 29(1), 158-165.

Ford, S., Farah, M.S., Shera, D.M., & Hurt, H. (2007). Neurocognitive correlates of problem behavior in environmentally at-risk adolescents. The Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 28(5).

Butler, S.F., Newman, F.L., Cacciola, J.S., Frank, A., Budman, S., McLellan, T., Ford, S., Blaine, J., Gastfriend, D., Moras, K., Salloum, I.M., & Barber, J.P. (1998). Predicting addiction severity index (ASI) interviewer ratings for computer assisted ASI. Psychological Assessment, 10(4).

McKay, J.R., Alterman, A.I., Ford, S., Cacciola, J.S., & Rutherford, M.J. (1994). Psychopathy as a predictor of alcohol and drug outcomes. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 18, 494.