Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Assistant Professor (Primary Appointment)
Rollins School of Public Health , Hubert Department of Global Health
Rachel Waford, PhD, received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Western Kentucky University, and her doctorate from the University of Louisville. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts Mental Health Center with an emphasis in treatment for first episode psychosis, and her post-doctoral fellowship with Emory School of Medicine/Grady Health System. Her research and clinical interests include severe mental illness in adolescent and adult populations. She is particularly interested in interventions for adolescents and young adults demonstrating risks and signs of early psychosis, and providing mental health care for homeless and low-income populations.
Dr. Waford joined the Global Health Faculty in the Rollins School of Public Health in July 2014 as a clinical interventionist for Project RETAIN. The NIH/NIDA-funded Project RETAIN study aims to improve clinic retention rates and treatment engagement in individuals living with HIV/AIDS by reducing crack and cocaine use and helping to navigate barriers to care. As a clinical psychologist and member of the research team Dr. Waford provides substance abuse treatment to help reduce crack and cocaine use and increase motivation for self-care and progress toward personal goals.
Dr. Waford joined the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences faculty in January 2015. Her primary responsibilities include supervision and training for psychology and psychiatry trainees.