Dr Fordís main research interests include the social and structural aspects of oral cancer: risk factors, early detection and health services.
Dr Ford obtained her BDSc from The University of Queensland in 1989 and worked as a private dental practitioner in the UK and then in Brisbane. The interest she developed in dental research during the year of her BDentSt in 1987 led to her decision to return to this area and commence a PhD in 2001. She worked on an NHMRC grant examining the mechanism of the association between periodontal and cardiovascular diseases. She was awarded her PhD in March 2006 and a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education in 2007 from the University of Queensland. She is currently completing a Masters in Public Health.
She is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Dentistry, The University of Queensland and is the Research Higher Degree and Honours Coordinator for the School.
Dr Ford has recently shifted her research focus from periodontal disease and its impact on atherosclerosis. Most of her publications are in the top dental journals. This has established her emerging national and international reputation. She has published numerous scientific articles and 2 book chapters and has presented her work as an invited speaker at national and international meetings.