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
- multiple sclerosis
- acquired brain injuries
- mindfulness meditation
- cognitive behavioral approaches
- relaxation training
Neurosensory Assessments of Headache
Funding Agency: NIH
The purpose of this study is to develop standardized quantitative metrics for the assessment of headaches.
Mindfulness Training for Posttraumatic Headache Following a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
Funding Agency: Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program
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.
Migraine-Related Neck Pain: A Marker for Suboptimal Treatment Response and Functional Impairment?
Funding Agency: GlaxoSmithKline
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