Sutapa Ford, PhD

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Assistant Professor in PM&R; Neuropsychologist, Carolina Headache Institute


PhD: Clinical Psychology, Drexel University. Philadelphia, PA, 2002. American Psychological Association approved program. Specialization: Adult Neuropsychology

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Headache. Neurology Department. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill, NC, 08/2004- 08/2006

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Neuropsychology. Neurology Department. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill, NC, 08/2002-08/2004


  • neuropsychological research pertaining to the following conditions/techniques:
    • mild traumatic brain injury
    • primary and secondary headache
    • dementia
    • multiple sclerosis
    • acquired brain injuries
    • mindfulness meditation
    • cognitive behavioral approaches
    • relaxation training

Recent Grants 

Neurosensory Assessments of Headache
Funding Agency: NIH
The purpose of this study is to develop standardized quantitative metrics for the assessment of headaches.
Role: Co-Investigator

Mindfulness Training for Posttraumatic Headache Following a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
Funding Agency: Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program
Role: PI

A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Crossover Study of Early Intervention with Treximet (Truly) Episodic Migraine
The purpose of this study is to examine the efficacy of Treximet in episodic migraine patients.
Role: Co-PI

Migraine-Related Neck Pain: A Marker for Suboptimal Treatment Response and Functional Impairment?
Funding Agency: GlaxoSmithKline
Role: PI

Recent Publications

SmithermanTA, Wells RE, Ford S. Emerging behavioral treatments for migraine. Current Pain and Headache Reports. 2015;19(4):13. 

Calhoun AH, Ford S. Double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover study of early-intervention with sumatriptan 85/naproxen sodium 500 in (truly) episodic migraine: what's neck pain got to do with it? Postgraduate medicine. 2014;126:86-90.

Nguyen R, Ford S, Calhoun A, Holden J, Gracely RH, Tommerdahl M. Neurosensory assessment of migraine. Brain Research. 2013;1498:50-58.

Calhoun A, Ford S, Pruitt A. The impact of extended-cycle vaginal ring contraception on migraine aura: A retrospective case series. Headache. 2012;52(8):1246-1253. 

Calhoun A, Ford S. The point prevalence of dizziness or vertigo in migraine and factors that influence its presentation. Headache. 2012;51:1388-1392. 

Calhoun A, Ford S, Pruitt A. Presence of neck pain may delay final treatment. Postgraduate Medicine. 2012;123(2): 163-168. 

Fisher K, Calhoun A, Ford S, Pruitt A, Finkel A, Mann J. Patient characteristics associated with frequent calls to a headache clinic. Postgraduate Medicine. Postgraduate Medicine. 2011;123(4):177-182.

Calhoun A, Ford S, Millen C, Finkel A, Nie Y. The prevalence of neck pain in migraine. Headache. 2010;50(8):1273-1277.

Ford S, Isaacs KI, Finkel A. The prevalence of migraine in patients with inflammatory bowel disorders. Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology. 2009;43(5):499.

Calhoun A, Ford S. Elimination of menstrual-related migraine beneficially impacts chronification and medication overuse. Headache. 2008;48(8): 1186-1194.

Recent Honors and Professional Memberships

2007-present  Secretary, Behavioral Subcommittee, American Headache Society
2007  Chair, Behavioral Symposia, American Headache Society
2005-present  Faculty Lecturer, American Headache Society
2005-present  Journal Reviewer, Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain
2005  American Headache Society Travel Award