Faculty Profile

Michele Ford

Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology (2012)

Contact Information


Kaufman Building Room 175


  • B.S., Texas A & M University, 1995
  • M.A., Texas Tech University, 1998
  • Ph.D., 2000

2015-2016 Academic Year

Fall 2015

PSYC 380 Rsrch Meth in Psych Topics
Many people complete brief magazine or online surveys about their personality, relationships, or psychological symptoms in order to better understand themselves or others. In contrast, proper psychological testing is much more in depth and occurs only after significant research and development have taken place. This course will introduce students to commonly used psychological assessments and students will complete a research project which focuses on creating and piloting their own assessment tool. Assessment instruments examined will include the clinical interview, objective and projective personality tests, measurements of intellectual functioning and learning aptitudes, and vocational instruments. Students will also research and critically evaluate issues such as test validation, norming and standardization, and test bias, while also gaining experience in how tests are constructed and then used as part of the clinical decision making process.

PSYC 480 Theories of Psych Counsel
The major goal of this course is to develop the students’ broad-based understanding of the major counseling theories. Students will be introduced to counseling techniques, stages of change, conditions that facilitate an effective counseling relationship, and professional ethics. This course is designed to provide students with a broad and in-depth understanding of the major theoretical approaches and their application to counseling, an examination of the evidence in support of/against the use of these theories with various clients/issues, and an understanding of varying pathways to change and how counselors can facilitate change in their clients.

Spring 2016

PSYC 145 Psychology of Human Sexuality
This course is a study of human sexuality emphasizing psychological aspects. We will cover sexual development from childhood to adulthood, sexual orientations, biological influences, sexual attitudes and behavior, gender, sex therapy, sexual coercion and abuse, sexually transmitted diseases and sexual health, and the development of sexual relationships. The study of human sexuality is inherently interdisciplinary in nature (drawing from such varied disciplines as sociology, women's studies, biology, anthropology, history, and others). Although we will cover some material from these disciplines, we will take an explicitly social psychological perspective, focusing on individual, personal, and social aspects of sexual behaviors, attitudes and beliefs.

PSYC 165 Psychopathology
An introduction to various psychological disorders and techniques of diagnosis and treatment. Relevant for students who anticipate careers in medicine, law, and the social or psychological services. This course is a Health Studies elective.