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Athena D. Ford , PhD, RN

Athena Ford

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Doctoral Type:

PhD Alumni




Jacquelyn Campbell, PhD, RN, FAAN


As a queer woman and survivor of violence herself, Athena D. Ford seeks to create a platform for LGBTQ+ survivors of violence to be heard and build a foundation of research to aid in improving care delivery and health outcomes for LGBTQ+ communities. Moreover, Ford’s program of research focuses on improving our understanding of how complex systems of racism, cisgenderism, and heterosexism influence health and health equity for racial/ethnic, sexual, and gender minority populations, with a focused lens on the impacts of trauma/violence and substance use disorder on health. She is completing a certificate in LGBTQ+ Public Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Ford splits her time between Baltimore and the San Francisco Bay Area, where she practices clinically in end-of-life care.

Major Achievement(s)

  • Diversity Award, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (2018)
  • American Journal of Nursing Thelma Schorr Scholarship (2018)
  • Ronald E. McNair Scholar
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar
  • Nurse Faculty for the Future Fellow