Jo Ann Ford, MRC is the Director of SARDI and has worked with the program since its inception in 1990. She also is an Instructor in the Department of Population and Public Health Sciences within the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. She was a Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor for over 20 years. Her clinical and research experience include substance abuse treatment and prevention, disability issues, HIV and employment, and chemical dependency treatment for people with co-existing disabilities. She is currently the Principal Investigator for two federally-funded grant projects and Co-Principal Investigator on a state-funded project. She has also been the PI on an additional eleven federal, eight state, and two county grants and have been a Co-Investigator or Co-PI on over ten other grant projects. Ms. Ford has extensive experience in conducting professional training including over twenty trainings entitled Prevention Through Alternative Learning Styles at the local, state, and regional levels. She is the author of two book chapters related to addressing substance abuse issues with people with disabilities. She also has a number of peer-reviewed publications in professional journals and poster presentations at national conferences. Ms. Ford has been involved in grants management, budgeting, effort reporting, and protocol development since 1990.
M.R.C., Rehabilitation Counseling, Wright State University
B.S., Education, Bowling Green State University
- Substance abuse and violence issues for women with disabilities
- Alternative approaches to providing services to people with disabilities
- Prevention and treatment in the area of substance use, HIV and STIs, and mental health