Southern Regional Director
Kristian Gibson-Ford, LCSW was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. After graduating from Northwest High School she attended and graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington with a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Health Science with a double major in Human Development Family Studies and Biology and minors in Psychology and Sociology. She is a GROUPS Scholar and was a Residential Assistant for the Wright Dormitory. She also attended the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Summer Scholars Program.
After graduation, Kristian was interested in both medicine and therapy and even though she was selected to attend the Nursing Program at Indiana University she declined after finding her passion working with children who have special health care needs and their families while working at ProKids, Inc./First Steps. It was at that time that Kristian decided to pursue her Master’s in Social Work degree from Indiana University Purdue University in Indianapolis. While attending graduate school, Kristian opened up a special needs ministry called Guardian Angels through New Life Worship Center where she was the Program Director for 4 years. Kristian
became involved in several community programs, organizations, and agencies relating to children with special needs especially Autism Spectrum Disorder. She interned at Riley Child Development Center where she learned about how to diagnose and treat children with special health care needs as well as provide resources and supportive services for their parents.
After her graduation in 2011 with her MSW, Kristian went on to provide home-based therapy and case management services for parents and their children who were going through the Department of Child Services. Afterwards, Kristian transitioned to the Marion County Public Health Department where she worked for 4 years providing brief therapeutic services and case management for the underserved populations dealing with mental health disorders and health disparities. She also served on a variety of committees to help inform and educate individuals, families, and communities about public health issues. Kristian then had the opportunity to make an impact with children and families who were being cared for while in foster care through White’s Residential and Family Services where she served as the Clinical Supervisor for over 4 years.
Kristian’s husband’s job then relocated their family to Raleigh, North Carolina where they have been for the past year. She now works as a therapist for Premise Health where she provides onsite therapy through the Employee Health Center for Wake County. She currently services over 5000 employees with ongoing therapeutic services as well as creates programs such as Managing Mental Health and Overcoming Compassion Fatigue. Currently, Kristian sits on the IU School of Social Work Alumni Board and the Indiana University Alumni Committee. She has also been a founder, staff member, and board member of Bloom Project, Inc. Kristian is also a member of the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society and a member of Phi Alpha Honor Society through Indiana University.
Kristian is the proud wife of Cory Ford, Sr. They have two children, a stepson, Cory Jr. and a daughter, Annamarie. Kristian is also a stage II triple negative breast cancer survivor and is an advocate for breast cancer research. She is also an advocate for maternal health after having HELLP Syndrome which caused her daughter to be born 7 weeks prematurely.