Dr. FordBio

Dr. McNasby obtained her PhD in Clinical Psychology (with emphasis in neuropsychology) from Drexel University. She completed additional specialty training in neuropsychology and headache management at the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and University of North Carolina Medical School, Department of Neurology.

Dr. McNasby is a Research Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Through the UNC Program of Integrative Medicine, she is committed to exploring mindfulness-based approaches to concussion and headache management that improves wellness, quality of life, anxiety, and symptom expression. She is also developing an artificially-intelligent telehealth platform that facilitates self-management and remote patient-provider collaborations. Her research has been funded by the Department of Defense and National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Dr. McNasby’ practice philosophy emphasizes compassionate, present-centered approaches to support and empower people to achieve the quality of life which they are seeking. Her research focuses on integrative, patient-centered interventions that utilize mindfulness and acceptance-based approaches.


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