Dr. Ford is co-director and principal investigator of the Brain Imaging and EEG Laboratory at University of California, San Francisco, where she is a professor.
Dr. Ford graduated Cum Laude with a BA from Stanford University, where she first became involved in research through the undergraduate Honors Program in experimental Psychology. She continued her studies at UC Berkeley through an NIH pre-doctoral fellowship, earning her MA in psychology. Dr. Ford returned to Stanford to pursue her PhD, which culminated in her dissertation on human selective attention and event-related brain potentials (ERPs), guided remotely by Steven A. Hillyard at UC San Diego. Dr. Ford completed an NIH postdoctoral fellowship through UCSF before returning again to Stanford to become a research associate in psychiatry. She remained at Stanford, joining the faculty first as an associate professor and then as a full professor. In 1997, Dr. Ford was elected president of the Society for Psychophysiological Research (SPR) and delivered her Presidential Address, "Schizophrenia: The Broken P300 and Beyond," in 1998. She was awarded a Senior Career Contribution Award from the EEG and Clinical Neuroscience Society in 2001 and has three times received Senior Scientist Awards at the Biennial Winter Workshop on Schizophrenia, in 2002, 2004, and 2006.
In 2004 Dr. Ford joined the faculty of Yale University and the lab of Dr. Mathalon at Yale to continue their electrophysiology and neuroimaging collaboration. In 2006 she was elected president of the Psychiatric Research Society. In 2007, Dr. Ford and Dr. Mathalon moved their research laboratory to UCSF.
Dr. Ford's research continues to focus on using the physiological metrics obtained through ERPs to unlock the origins of psychiatric symptoms. Through the use of ERPs and EEG, Dr. Ford is specifically exploring the neurobiological basis of self-monitoring failures in schizophrenia, resulting in the inability of someone with schizophrenia to monitor reality.