Faculty Profile

Michele Ford

Lecturer in Psychology (2012)

Contact Information


Kaufman Hall Room 181


Professor Ford is a Counseling Psychologist and teaches clinical and counseling related courses such as Psychopathology, Human Sexuality, and both Research Methods and Seminar in Counseling Psychology. Professor Ford's clinical interests include disordered eating, sexual and reproductive trauma, and depression and anxiety in adults and adolescents.


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

2017-2018 Academic Year

Fall 2017

FYSM 100 First-Year Seminar
The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces students to Dickinson as a "community of inquiry" by developing habits of mind essential to liberal learning. Through the study of a compelling issue or broad topic chosen by their faculty member, students will: - Critically analyze information and ideas - Examine issues from multiple perspectives - Discuss, debate and defend ideas, including one's own views, with clarity and reason - Develop discernment, facility and ethical responsibility in using information, and - Create clear academic writing The small group seminar format of this course promotes discussion and interaction among students and their professor. In addition, the professor serves as students' initial academic advisor. This course does not duplicate in content any other course in the curriculum and may not be used to fulfill any other graduation requirement.

PSYC 370 Rsch Methods in Counseling Psy
Many people complete brief magazine or online surveys about their personality, relationships, or psychological symptoms in order to better understand themselves or others. Comprehensive psychological testing, however, is much more in-depth and occurs only after significant research and development have taken place. The course will address how psychological assessment tools, including structured and unstructured clinical interviews, objective and projective personality tests, measures of intellectual functioning and learning aptitudes, and vocational instruments, are developed and tested. This is an intensive course in which you will receive advanced training in the research methods and principles underlying psychological assessment. Students will critically evaluate issues such as test validation, norming and standardization, reliability and validity, and test bias. Students will also gain practical experience in the administration of assessment tools commonly employed in counseling psychology. Finally, students will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge on psychological assessment via a group research project involving the development, administration, and analysis of a novel psychological test. Prerequisite: 202 or 211 and 165.

PSYC 500 Independent Study

Spring 2018

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.

PSYC 470 Sem in Counseling Psychology
The major goal of this advanced seminar course is to develop students’ understanding of the major counseling theories. Students will be introduced to various counseling techniques and the underlying scientific research, including the conditions that facilitate an effective counseling relationship. We will also review and critically evaluate professional ethics and standards for care in counseling psychology. This is largely a theoretical course; while some skills may be introduced and practiced in class, skills-building is not a main goal of the course. Students will engage in presentation of differing research topics within the field, while also applying relevant course information to case studies. Course requirements include, but are not limited to, class participation, reflection papers, research papers and oral presentations. Prerequisite: 202 or 211.

PSYC 500 Independent Study