Associate Professor

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Dr. Sabrina Ford is an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Biology at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Dr. Ford teaches courses in the innovative Shared Discovery Curriculum specializing in the Social Context of Clinical Decision Making and Patient Vulnerabilities and Health Systems. She is a mentor and advisor for medical students particularly in Women’s Health Disparities Research.


Dr. Ford’s research focus includes HPV prevention and vaccination; cervical cancer screening and treatment; women’s health risk behavior; health disparities and equity for vulnerable populations. 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 health disparities in Black populations and health equity. Her funding has included Health Resources Services Administration, Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Pew Foundation, Penn Foundation, and Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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 Cognitive Neuroscience and Positive Psychology at The University of Pennsylvania.


Hirko, K., Kerver, J., Ford, S., Szafranski, C., Beckett, J., Kitchen, C., Wendling, A. (2020). Telehealth in response to the COVID-19 pandemic: Implications for rural health disparities. J Am Med Info Ass.

Ford, S., Whitely, J., Peterson, C.E., Kiviniemi, M.T., Martin, M., Whitt-Glover, M.C., Carpenter, K.M., Jacob Arriola K.R. (2020). Using a group development framework to maximize leadership strategies in the inaugural session of the Society of Behavioral Medicine Leadership Institute. Trans Behav Med.

Ford, S. Buscemi, J. Hirko, K., Laitner, M., Newton, R., Jonassaint, C., Klesges, L. (2019). Position Statement: Retain and enhance efforts to increase broadband internet availability for health care access in rural areas. J of Behav Med. 10.1093/tbm/ibz035

Ford, S., Meghea, CI., Williams, KP. (2018). Many Moving Parts: Evaluating the implementation of the Kin KeeperSM: cancer prevention intervention. J of Comm Health Res, 7(1):34-41.

Alcaraz, KI., 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. J of Behav Med, 40(1):23-38. doi: 10.1007/s10865-016-9780-4

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. Prev Chronic Dis, 15:13E150.

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. J Cancer Educ, 31(3):522-528. doi: 10.1007/s13187-015-0857-5.

Roman, LA, Meghea, C., Ford, S., Hamade, H., Estes, T., Penner, L., Williams, KP. (2014). Understanding individual, provider, and system risk factors for breast and cervical cancer screening among underserved Black, Latina, and Arab women. J Women’s Health, 23(1):57–64. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2013.4397

Ford, S., Meghea, C., Estes, T., Hamade, H., Lockett, M., Williams, KP. (2013) Assessing the fidelity of the KeeperSM prevention intervention in African American, Latina, and Arab Women. Health Educ Res, 29(1):158-165. doi: 10.1093/her/cyt100

Ford, S., Farah, MS., Shera, DM., Hurt, H. (2007). Neurocognitive correlates of problem behavior in environmentally at-risk adolescents. J of Dev Behav Ped, 28(5):376-385.

Butler, SF., Newman, FL., Cacciola, JS., Frank, A., Budman, S., McLellan, T., Ford, S., Blaine, J., Gastfriend, D., Moras, K., Salloum, IM., & Barber, JP. (1998). Predicting addiction severity index (ASI) interviewer ratings for computer assisted ASI. Psychol Assess, 10(4):399-407. 10.1037/1040-3590.10.4.399