Julian D. Ford, Ph.D., A.B.P.P. Professor of Psychiatry and Law Graduate School and Public Health Faculty Director, Center for Trauma Recovery and Juvenile Justice Chair, UConn Health CICATS and Panel 3 IRB Associate Editor, Journal of Trauma and Dissociation Associate Editor, European Journal of Psychotraumatology

Julian Ford, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist in Connecticut (#2218) and board certified clinical psychologist (American Board of Professional Psychology) and tenured Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and School of Law where he is the Director of the Center for Trauma Recovery and Juvenile Justice, a Treatment and Services Adaptation Center in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, and Director of the Center for Trauma Response, Recovery, and Preparedness since September 2001. Dr. Ford serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation and European Journal of Psychotraumatology on the Editorial Boards of journals such as Child Abuse & Neglect, Child Maltreatment, and Psychological Trauma, and as Chair of the Presidential Task Force on Child Trauma for the American Psychological Association Division of Trauma Psychology.

In addition to authoring more than 200 published articles and book chapters describing his clinical research and practice in the field of psychological trauma and psychotherapy, he has authored/edited books including Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, 2nd Edition (2015, Elsevier), Treating Complex Trauma: A Sequenced, Relationship-Based Approach (2013, with C. Courtois, Guilford), Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders in Children and Adolescents: Scientific foundations and therapeutic models.   (2013, with C. Courtois, Guilford), Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders: An Evidence-Based Guide (2009, with C. Courtois, Guilford), and Treating Traumatized Children: Risk, Resilience, and Recovery (2008, with D. Brom and R. Pat-Horenczyk, Routledge). Dr. Ford developed and has conducted randomized clinical trial and effectiveness field trial studies with the Trauma Affect Regulation: Guide for Education and Therapy (TARGET© University of Connecticut) model for adults with complex PTSD and children with Developmental Trauma Disorder, which has been disseminated to more than 200 behavioral health, criminal justice, child welfare, educational, advocacy, and human services organizations internationally. Dr. Ford has served on the Board of Directors and as Vice President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. He is a Senior Fellow of the Connecticut Child Health and Development Institute (authoring several policy papers on early childhood and adolescent mental and medical health), and has served as an expert consultant for the United States Attorney General (as principal writer for the 2012 Defending Childhood report of the national Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence), the Connecticut Office of the Child Advocate (as co-author of the 2014 Sandy Hook Report), and several national organizations advocating for violence survivors and trauma-informed systems.

The Academy on Violence and Abuse provides resources and opportunities to network with colleagues that have immeasurably enhanced my ability to work clinically with violence survivors as a clinical psychologist, to teach and train the next generation of medical, mental health, law, and criminology professionals, and to advocate for policy reforms locally and nationally.  The AVA’s online collaborative living document, Adverse Childhood Experiences: Informing Best Practices, is an excellent example as a compilation of the best current knowledge about ACES and approaches to prevention, treatment, and system change. Working with the lead Editor, Dave Corwin, and my colleague Chris Courtois, I was honored to be able to contribute to this compendium (the Educational Resources and Evidence-Based Treatment for Adults section), and I refer to the many other outstanding sections often in educating and consulting with colleagues, teaching students and trainees, and developing policy presentations and reports.

Julian can be reached at jford@uchc.edu