What You Need to Know: Brett Kavanaugh Accuser Christine Blasey Ford

Who is Christine Blasey Ford, Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser?  

Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who came forward in a Washington Post interview Sunday as the author of a letter accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault three decades ago, is a professor at Palo Alto University in California. 

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She teaches in a consortium with Stanford University and trains graduate students in clinical psychology.

She signs her name professionally as Christine Blasey.

According to The Washington Post, Ford said she told no one of the incident involving Kavanaugh in any detail until 2012, when she was in couples therapy with her husband. She married Russell Ford in 2002.

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Christine Ford’s academic work has dealt with many psychological topics, including depression. She co-authored a book in 2015 with Helena Chmura Kraemer, “How Many Subjects? Statistical Power Analysis in Research.” 

Some of her journal articles include “Does Gender Moderate the Relationship Between Childhood Maltreatment & Adult Depression?” and “Acupuncture: A Promising Treatment for Depression During Pregnancy.”

She also wrote about the effects of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in “Posttraumatic Growth Following the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001.”

According to an archive of her LinkedIn profile, Ford graduated from the University of North Carolina and then received a master’s degree in psychology from Pepperdine University and a master’s in education from Stanford. She earned her doctorate in educational psychology at the University of Southern California. 

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