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Karen E. Ford

Professor of Psychology

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Houston Hall 222B



PhD, University of Mississippi

MA, University of Louisiana

BA, Mississippi College


Karen E. Ford, PhD, received her Bachelor of Arts from Mississippi College and went on to earn her Master of Arts from the University of Louisiana and her PhD from the University of Mississippi. A professor of psychology, Ford teaches General Psychology, Orientation to the Psychology Major, Psychology of Learning and Biopsychology. Ford designed the orientation course in 2010 to fill a gap in the curriculum for psychology majors to learn about professional development within the field, writing in the style of the American Psychological Association and applying to graduate school if they are so inclined. Her areas of specialization within experimental psychology are learning and biopsychology.

Ford is interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning within psychology and regularly reads Teaching of Psychology for ideas to improve upon her teaching. She also attends the annual Rocky Mountain Psychological Association conference in order to maintain her own professional development in the field. In Ford's remaining spare time, she likes to hike and take photographs of the beautiful landscapes and historical mining and ghost town remnants of Colorado.


Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications

Ford, K.E., Fowler, S.C., & Nail, G.L. (1979). Effects of clozapine and chlorpromazine upon operant response measures in rats. Pharmacology, Biochemistry & Behavior, 11, 239 241.

Fowler, S.C., Ford, K.E., Gramling, S.E., & Nail, G.L. (1984). Acute and subchronic effects of neuroleptics on quantitative measures of discriminative motor control in rats. Psychopharmacology, 84, 368 373.

Ford, K.E. (1994, Fall). Graduate admissions criteria. Psi Chi Newsletter, 20, 16.

Ford, K.E. (1997). Graduate school admissions criteria. In K. Sexton-Radek & P. Paul (Eds.), What can I do with my psychology major? (pp. 63-64). Statesboro, GA Office of Teaching Resources in Psychology.

Dunn, J., Ford, K., Rewey, K. L., Juve, J. A., Weiser, A., & Davis, S. F. (2001). A modified presubmission checklist for correct APA formatting. Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research, 6, 142-144.