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Julian  Ford, Ph.D. - University of Connecticut. Farmington, CT, US

Julian Ford, Ph.D. Julian  Ford, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Psychiatry | University of Connecticut


Professor specializing in the treatment of traumatic stress in children and adolescents as well as psychiatry.


Dr. Julian Ford is a board certified clinical psychologist and tenured Professor of Psychiatry of Law where he is Chair on two panels of the Institutional Review Board, and on the faculty of the University of Connecticut School. He is the Principal Investigator and Director of two Treatment and Services Adaptation Centers in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, the Center for Trauma Recovery and Juvenile Justice and the Center for the Treatment of Developmental Trauma Disorders. He serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation and European Journal of Psychotraumatology and as Chair of the American Psychological Association Division of Trauma Psychology Presidential Task Force on Child Trauma. for the American Psychological Association Division of Trauma Psychology. He has served on the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Board of Directors and as the Society’s Vice President and Secretary. He has published more than 250 articles and book chapters and am the author or editor of 10 books, including Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, 2nd Edition, Treating Complex Trauma: A Sequenced, Relationship-Based Approach and Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders in Children and Adolescents: Scientific foundations and therapeutic models. He developed and has conducted randomized clinical trial and effectiveness studies with the Trauma Affect Regulation: Guide for Education and Therapy (TARGET©) model for and youth adults with complex PTSD.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Psychiatry Treatment of Trauma Trauma Stress Trauma in Children

Education (2)

State University of New York at Stony Brook: Ph.D.

University of Michigan: B.A.

Affiliations (1)

  • American Board of Professional Psychology, ABPP Diplomate in Clinical Psychology

Accomplishments (1)

Champion of Children (professional)

Center for Children's Advocacy




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Media Appearances (3)

The Invisible Way Guns Are Used To Keep Women In Abusive Relationships



That chronic fear can be extremely detrimental to a person’s physical and mental health, said Julian Ford, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and Law.

If a person does not feel safe inside their own home and believes they could be injured or killed at any time, they will go into a survival state, he said, describing it as being in a constant “fight or flight” mode ― but having nowhere to go.

“It is enormously hard on the person psychologically and on the body physically,” he said.

Experiencing trauma of this kind can make a person more susceptible to medical illnesses, Ford said, as well as a wide range of emotional and behavioral difficulties including depression, anxiety and sleep problems...

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Can Your Genes Make You Kill?

Popular Science  


One afternoon last fall, the University of Connecticut Health Center campus in Farmington stood nearly flooded after a late-season downpour. Julian Ford, a clinical psychologist who specializes in children and adolescents with PTSD, sat in his book-lined fourth-floor office. Ford helped write the official 114-page investigative report on Adam Lanza and the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting...

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How To Set Goals That Will Keep You Fulfilled And Focused

Fast Company  


From the perspective of our brains, personal goals define who we are. Our goals are our identity. And when we think and act based upon goals that reflect our core values as well as what we have to deal with due to life’s stresses, we create an identity for ourselves that can withstand any stress...

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Articles (5)

The Complexity of Adaptation to Childhood Polyvictimization in Youth and Young Adults Trauma, Violence, & Abuse

Regina Marie Musicaro, Joseph Spinazzola, Joshua Arvidson, Sujata Regina Swaroop, Lisa Goldblatt Grace, Aliza Yarrow, Michael K. Suvak, Julian D. Ford


Exposure to violence is pervasive in our society. An abundance of research has demonstrated that individuals who experience polyvictimization (PV)—prolonged or multiple forms of traumatic victimizations—are at heightened risk for continuing to experience repeated victimizations throughout their lifetimes. The current article reviews several overlapping constructs of traumatic victimizations with the ultimate goal of providing a unifying framework for conceptualizing prolonged and multiple victimization (defined in this article as PV) as a precursor to complex post-traumatic biopsychosocial adaptations, revictimization, and in some instances reenactment as a perpetrator (defined as complex trauma [CT]).

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Gender Differences in Complex Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms, and Their Relationship to Mental Health and Substance Abuse Outcomes in Incarcerated Adults Journal of Interpersonal Violence

Paulette Giarratano, PhD, LMSW, Julian D. Ford, PhD, Thomas H. Nochajski, PhD


Complex trauma (CT; for example, childhood abuse) has been associated with significant behavioral health problems (i.e., mental health and substance use disorders) and symptoms that are consistent with complex posttraumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD). CT is prevalent in adult forensic populations, and particularly important for women as they tend to report more adverse consequences of exposure to traumatic stressors and are entering the criminal justice system at a heightened rate compared with men. However, no studies have empirically tested the relationship among CT, C-PTSD, and behavioral health problems with gender among incarcerated adults. The present study examined the relationship between gender and childhood abuse history, C-PTSD symptom severity, and behavioral health problems in 497 incarcerated adults.

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Interpersonal Violence Exposure and Chronic Pain in Adult Sickle Cell Patients Journal of Interpersonal Violence

Julian D. Ford, Damion J. Grasso, Sasia Jones, Teresa Works, Biree Andemariam


Almost half of sickle cell disease (SCD) patients develop chronic, debilitating physical pain with uncertain genesis for which they primarily receive opiate-based palliative treatment. Psychological trauma exposure, especially interpersonal victimization, has been linked to the perception of pain in several medical diseases, but has yet to be examined in SCD patients. This study examines self-reported chronicity of pain and use of prescribed opiates in 50 adult SCD patients with and without a history of interpersonal violence exposure.

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Is It Time to Talk? Understanding Specialty Child Mental Healthcare Providers' Decisions to Engage in Interdisciplinary Communication With Pediatricians Social Science and Medicine

Michael Reissa, Carolyn A.Greene, Julian D.Ford


Communication between pediatric mental health and primary care providers is often inconsistent and frequently rated as unsatisfactory by providers of both disciplines. While numerous studies report pediatricians' desire for increased feedback from mental health providers, less is known about mental health providers' perspectives on collaborative communication with pediatricians.

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The Symptoms of Trauma Scale (SOTS): Psychometric Evaluation and Gender Differences With Adults Diagnosed With Serious Mental Illness Journal of Trauma & Dissociation

Julian D. Ford, Andres R. Schneeberger, Irina Komarovskaya, Kristina Muenzenmaier, Dorothy Castille, Lewis A. Opler, & Bruce Link



A new clinician rating measure, the Symptoms of Trauma Scale (SOTS), was administered to adult psychiatric outpatients (46 men, 47 women) with severe mental illness who reported a history of trauma exposure and had recently been discharged from inpatient psychiatric treatment. SOTS composite severity scores for Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, and Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), complex PTSD (cPTSD), and total PTSD/cPTSD severity had acceptable internal consistency reliability.

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