Dr. Ford, Associate Dean for Nursing Dobbs Ferry and Manhattan, has been at Mercy College for 20 years. Dr. Ford previously served as Interim Program Director from 2007-2009. Additionally, Dr. Ford coordinated and supervised the writing of the last two CCNE self-studies, in 2019 and in 2009. Ford is a registered nurse and received a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Smith College (1983), a Certificate in Nursing (1986), a Master’s in Nursing from Yale University (1988), and a PhD in Nursing Research from Adelphi University (2013). Additionally, Ford is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner by ANCC and continues to provide primary care to underserved New Yorkers and was co-founder and co-director of a free clinic for undocumented adults. She also has worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner in Haiti and El Salvador.
Ford’s volunteer work includes conducting physical and psychological exams to survivors of torture applying for political asylum as a member of the Mt. Sinai Human Rights Clinic. She has been a consultant on the development of the Nurse Residency Program at the Institute Family Health. Ford is also a member of the Medical Reserve Corps of New York City and has been a volunteer vaccinator during the COVID-19 Pandemic. She also volunteered providing tele-health palliative care for the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation during the spring and summer of 2020.
Dr. Ford’s scholarly work is grounded in her clinical work. Her doctoral thesis was Transnational Mothering and the Health of Women, with a focus on the Mixtec population. Dr. Ford conducted a grounded theory study about women who left children behind when immigrating into the US. Dr. Ford has frequently given presentations about the health of undocumented adults and how to start free clinics. Additionally, Dr. Ford has acted as reviewer for the journal Politics, Policy and Nursing Practice.
PhD, Adelphi University, Nursing
MSN, Yale University, Family Nurse Practitioner
BA, Smith College, Government
National Board Certification:
American Nurses Credentialing Center
Dr. Ford' current research focuses on migrant health as well as nurse practitioner residency programs.
Ford, M. & Moscou, S. (2022, under contract and in production) Older adult. In S. Edelman, C. & Kudzma, E. (eds.) Health Promotion Throughout the Lifespan (10th ed). St. Louis: Elsevier.
Moscou, S. & Ford, M. (2022, under contract and in production) Middle-aged adult. In S. Edelman, C. & Kudzma, E. (eds.) Health Promotion Throughout the Lifespan (10th ed). St. Louis: Elsevier.
Ford, M., Neilan, R. & Moscou, S. (2017). International service-learning projects: A role for nursing students. Journal of New York State Nurses Association, 45(2).pps 19-23.
The Process of Mothering Transnationally for Mexican Women Living in New York
UMI Publishing 3571910
Homelessness: Its effect on women and their children. Unpublished Master’s thesis.
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
3/17 Health Matters- International Women’s Day Panelist, Mercy College
11/16 Emergency Care, Kay La Sante, Port au Prince, Haiti
3/16 Diversity Matters- Break out session leader, Faculty Seminar Day, Mercy College
7/15 First Aid, Kay La Sante, Port au Prince, Haiti
3/15 Guatemala- A Service-Learning Project, Faculty Seminar Day, Poster Presentation, Mercy College
4/14 Immigration, Transnational Mothering and Advocacy, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
3/14 Challenges in Grounded Theory Research, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
10/13 Transnational Mothering in Literature, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
4/12 Doing Qualitative Research, Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY 3/12 Doing Grounded Theory Research, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
10/11 Service Mission: Haiti: Faculty Seminar Day, Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY
8/11 Triaging Patients, Kay La Sante, Port au Prince, Haiti
8/11 Diagnosis and Treatment of Sexually Transmitted Infections, Kay La Sante, Port au Prince, Haiti
12/10 Transnational Mothering, Adelphi University, Garden City, New York
Dr. Ford teaches graduate nursing courses. These include research, capstone, diversity and theory.
She has more than twenty years teaching experience both face to face and distance learning.
HONORS AND AWARDS:
Outstanding Alumna/ae of the Year
Yale University School of Nursing
Nominated, Outstanding Alumna/ae of Year
Yale University School of Nursing
Top ten performers NCQA- IUH
Institute for Urban Health
Featured- Annual Report
Featured- Alumni Magazine- Adelphi University School of Nursing
Good Samaritan Award
National Catholic Development Conference, Chicago, IL
Faculty of the Year
Mercy College Nursing Program Alumnae Association
Sigma Theta Tau, Zeta Omega Chapter
- Assistant Professor, Nursing
- Associate Dean for Nursing, School of Health and Natural Sciences