Skip to comments.Records Show Dr. Ford is NOT a Licensed Psychologist
Posted on 09/29/2018 2:46:35 AM PDT by TigerClaws
Testifying under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Christine Blasey Ford identified herself as a psychologist, but records indict this is a false statement under California law. Someone at Stanford University also appears to have caught the blunder and edited Fords faculty page.
Just one sentence into her sworn testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford may have told a lie.
After thanking members of the committee on Thursday, and while under oath, Ford opened her testimony saying, My name is Christine Blasey Ford, I am a professor of psychology at Palo Alto University and a research psychologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
The issue lies with the word psychologist, and Ford potentially misrepresenting herself and her credentials, an infraction that is taken very seriously in the psychology field as well as under California law.
Under California law, as with almost every other state, in order for a person to identify publicly as a psychologist they must be licensed by the California Board of Psychology, a process that includes 3,000 hours of post-doctoral professional experience and passing two rigorous exams. To call oneself a psychologist without being licensed by a state board is the equivalent of a law school graduate calling herself a lawyer without ever taking the bar exam.
According to records, Ford is not licensed in the state of California. A recent search through the Department of Consumer Affairs License Bureau, which provides a state-run database of all licensed psychologists in California, produced no results for any variation of spelling on Fords name. If Ford at one time had a license but it is now inactive, she would legally still be allowed to call herself a psychologist but forbidden from practicing psychology on patients until it was renewed. However, the database would have shown any past licenses granted to Ford, even if they were inactive.
Ford also does not appear to have been licensed in any other states outside California. Since graduating with a PhD in educational psychology from the University of Southern California in 1996 it does not appear Ford has spent any significant amount of time outside the state. She married her husband in California in 2002, and completed a masters degree in California in 2009. She reportedly completed an internship in Hawaii, but a search of Hawaiis Board of Psychology licensing database also did not turn up any results for Ford.
What makes Fords claim even more suspicious is someone affiliated with Stanford University appears to have also been aware of the potentially damning use of the word psychologist and rushed to cover for Ford. DANGEROUS exclusively uncovered an archived version of Fords page on the schools faculty directory. On September 10, 2015, the only archived date available, Fords faculty page was saved to the Wayback Machine and showed Ford listed as a research psychologist along with her email address and office phone number.
The most recent version of that page shows Ford listed only as an Affiliate in the department, with the words research psychologist removed along with Fords email address and phone number. This suggests the page was altered by someone very recently to scrub Fords contact information and title after she entered the national spotlight.
An archived version of Fords faculty listing, identifying her as a research psychologist.
The most recent, edited version of Fords faculty listing.
It is common for academics and researchers in psychology to not hold a license. California law does not prohibit anyone from engaging in research, teaching, or other activities associated with psychology if they are not licensed, so long as those individuals do not use the word psychologist when referring to themselves publicly.
Several searches on Californias licensing database revealed many of Fords colleagues in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Studies at Stanford are not licensed psychologists in California, including the department chairman Laura Roberts, who identifies herself only as a professor. Of the unlicensed members of the faculty which includes researchers, clinicians, professors, and fellows none refer to themselves as a psychologist or psychiatrist, unless they also had a license issued in California.
Aside from potentially misleading the committee, Ford also appears to have violated California law. Californias Business and Professional Code Sections 2900-2919 govern the states laws for practicing psychology. Section 2903 reads, No person may engage in the practice of psychology, or represent himself or herself to be a psychologist, without a license granted under this chapter, except as otherwise provided in this chapter. Section 2902(c) states: (c) A person represents himself or herself to be a psychologist when the person holds himself or herself out to the public by any title or description of services incorporating the words psychology, psychological, psychologist, psychology consultation, psychology consultant, psychometry, psychometrics or psychometrist, psychotherapy, psychotherapist, psychoanalysis, or psychoanalyst, or when the person holds himself or herself out to be trained, experienced, or an expert in the field of psychology.
This appears to include titles like research psychologist. There is one specific exemption to the law regarding the title school psychologist, which refers to school counselors who do not need to be licensed. School psychologists are legally forbidden from referring to themselves as simply psychologists.
Whereas the term research psychologist may be common in academic parlance, and permissible within accredited institutions, the issue seems to be publicly presenting oneself under any title containing the word psychologist if a person is not licensed. Ford is a professor and a researcher, but not a psychologist. Section 2910 of the law states, This chapter shall not be construed to restrict the practice of psychology on the part of persons who are salaried employees of accredited or approved academic institutions, public schools, or governmental agencies, if those employees are complying with the following (1) Performing those psychological activities as part of the duties for which they were hired. (2) Performing those activities solely within the jurisdiction or confines of those organizations. (3) Do not hold themselves out to the public by any title or description of activities incorporating the words psychology, psychological, or psychologist.'
It is unknown why Ford, 51, a seasoned academic in the field of psychology would have made such an obvious mistake unless she was unaware of the law or trying to intentionally mislead the public and members of the committee about her credentials in the field of psychology. Her bizarre testimony often veered off into psychological jargon about brain chemistry, memory storage, and how trauma effects the brain, analysis one would expect from a clinical psychologist, rather than an academic involved in research. When asked by committee members of her most vivid memory from the attack that allegedly occurred nearly 40 years ago, Ford responded, Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter, the uproarious laughter between the two [men], and their having fun at my expense, referring to the part of the brain mainly associated with memory. When discussing her trauma, Ford replied, The etiology of anxiety and PTSD is multifactorial. [The incident] was certainly a critical risk factor. That would be a predictor of the [conditions] that I now have I cant rule out that I would have some biological predisposition to be an anxious-type person.
Yet, Fords academic focus for years has been statistics, not memory or trauma. To look at her as some sort of expert in this area would be like asking a podiatrist about heart disease simply because hes in the medical field. Still, the media ate it up. Hours after her testimony ended, various mainstream media outlets falsely identified Ford as a psychologist and praised her approach to science during the hearing, calling the statistician an expert on issues more closely related to clinical psychology.
The Washington Post ran a headline that simply read, Christine Blasey Ford, psychologist, The Atlantics headline read, Christine Blasey Ford, A Psychologist, Testifies to Congress, Slates headline read, Christine Blasey Fords testimony combined her own expert analysis of the situation, The New Yorkers headline read Christine Blasey Ford is Serving As Both A Witness And An Expert, and the Wall Street Journal ran with Fords Testimony Reminds Us That Shes A Psychologist. As of Friday morning, Fords Wikipedia entry also identified her occupation as Psychologist. According to California law, all of these are false. Ford is not a psychologist.
The Senate judiciary committee is set to decide Friday on a date for Kavanaughs confirmation vote. If Ford committed perjury, she could face up to five years in federal prison.
NOTE: FR doesn't accept stories from Dangerous.com and this thread might be deleted. I'm posting it as a VANITY because I believe this is relevant information and perhaps a 'real journalist' FR reader will explore it further.
There is no crime for which the Martyr of Palo Alto will ever be accused. She has transcended mortal restraint.
This is a sham and she is a fraud, shame on you republicans for entertaining this yet again and allowing these scumbags to plan once again
She is a total fraud and a liar. And she will be followed by more liars this week like Swetnick. McConnell and Grassley stabbed us, Kavanaugh and Trump in the back.
But what else is new??????
It’s ok to post Infowars links now.
Who’s lying now?
...and I refuse to call her “doctor”....dipship,maybe....
And regarding her “I’m so scared of airplanes” claim:
When she begged off a DC interview with the Committee, she was in DELAWARE, which is just 89 driving miles from DC; her much-vaunted “flying fears” was then a totally moot point.
A “driving delay” would give the Liberal Activist Legal Team foisted upon Ford four critical days to prepare their offence, while robbing Kavanaugh’s team of critical reaction time.
Aren’t we over-interpreting what she said? Did she not qualify that she was a research psychologist, and not a licensed psychologist, which is a distinction everyone understands?
Perhaps the Stanford CV was inaccurate?
As I said, I’m just posting this here to let “real journalists” write a story.
FR regards Dangerous as a blog and many here regard infowars with disdain.
Remember Vietnam Veteran Blumenthal’s phrase —
Falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus!
That said, I lose track of the number of her lies, contradictions and holes to date. She should be excoriated for having the hearing delayed a week simply by claiming a fear of flying, which was quickly disproven. Her testimony was self-contradictory in the mention that the two alleged abusers went downstairs laughing and talking loudly to others downstairs, then saying she couldn't hear them at all. It is illogical to say that she left without any transportation, when her home was about 20 minutes away. She couldn't have walked to or from the alleged party alone. Left her best friend there with violent guys? No emotion in this scripted, faked performance.
By Monday, the crooked Dems will conjure something more useful than this crock.
10 day detox was the delay
My friend np mentioned this. To be honest, I haven’t looked into her cv a lot because I’m no expert in that. I think when I heard the words “Palo Alto” I somehow thought she meant one of the top schools in the country. Of course, that got shot the minute she started asking for three syllable words to be explained to her...
Thanks for the education!
One of the 4chan kids points out she was a nobody with no publications for several years after getting her PhD until 2012 and then she was a co author of some 60 publications and rated highly as a professor in spite of loads of negative reviews the 4chan kids dug out of the WayBackMachine. What happened in 2012? She started telling friends about her rape.
So the nutcase little girl voice useful idiot ain’t even a Psychologist. This fake disinformation campaign funded by Soros needs criminal investigation, AFTER Brad is confirmed.
Do the idiots in Congress know this?
She is an Educational Psychologist which does not require licensure She can only work in academic settings where she can call herself a psychologist.
There is so much more to debunk her “performance” on. This is not one of them.
Focus on her lies and manipulation.
Interesting, thanks for posting...
What I would really like to see, and I hope it comes out, even if by nefarious means, is a list of prescription medications that she has taken for the past 2 years.
Both the Democrats & Republicans referred to her as “brave” and her testimony “compelling,” I found it to be neither, especially after watching it for a second and third time, which I recommend doing, in order to see the subtleties. After I did, I concluded that she is a seriously flawed, mentally unstable person, out of touch with reality.
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