Megan Ford

ASPIRE Clinic Coordinator

ASPIRE Clinic McPhaul Center
202 Carlton St
Athens, GA 30602


workFax: 706-583-0907


Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
M.S. Family Studies and Human Services, emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy Kansas State University 2010
B.S. Psychology University of South Dakota 2008


  • holisitic wellness
  • interdisciplinary learning
  • financial therapy
  • couples and money
  • measuring physiological responses of couples in financial therapy


Organization Title Year(s) Service Type
Financial Therapy Association President-Elect 2015 National
Financial Therapy Association President 2016 & 2017 National
Financial Therapy Association Regulatory Committee, Chair 2017-2019 National

Advisory Committee

ASPIRE Clinic Advisory Committee, Chair

Areas of Expertise

Holistic intervention and collaborative work; clinical development; marriage and family therapy; financial therapy



Grable, J., Kruger, M., & Ford, M. R. (2019). The Fundamentals of Writing a Financial Plan. Erlanger, KY: The National Underwriter Company.

Book Chapters

Osteen, S., Ford, M. R., & Wilson, J. (2019). The Practice of Financial Counseling, Textbook Chapter in Financial Counseling by Durband, D. B., Law, R. H., Mazzolini, A. K. (Eds.).

Ford, M. R. (2014). Ford Financial Empowerment Model, Textbook Chapter in Financial Therapy: Theory, Research, & Practice by Klontz, B., Britt, S., & Archuleta, K. (Eds.).

Journal Articles

Grable, J. E., Hubble, A., Kruger, M., Byram, J. L., Ford, M., & Clement, G. O. (2020). Risk tolerance: Beware when clients are in a bad mood. Journal of Financial Service Professionals, 74(1), 46-55.

Grable, J. E., Archuleta, K. A., Ford, M. R., Kruger, M., Gale, J., & Goetz, J. (2019). The moderating effect of generalized anxiety and financial knowledge on financial management behavior. Contemporary Family Therapy, 1-10. doi: 10.1007/s10591-019-09520-x

Ford, M. R., Ellis, E. M., Goetz, J., Archuleta, K. A., Gale, J. E., Grossman, B., Grant, E., & Gonyea, J. (2019).  Depression and financial distress in a clinical population: The value of interdisciplinary services and training. Contemporary Family Therapy, 42(1), 5-14. doi: 10.1007/s10591-019-09514-9

Ford, M. R., Ross, D. B., Grable, J. E., & DeGraff, A. (2019). Examining the role of financial therapy on relationship outcomes and help-seeking behavior. Contemporary Family Therapy, 42(1), 55-67. doi: 10.1007/s10591-019-09511-y

Ford, M. R., Grable, J. E., Kruger, M., & DeGraff, A. N. (2017). Physiological arousal during couple financial discussions as a precursor to seeking financial planning help. Journal of Financial Therapy8(1), 1-20.

Archuleta, K. A., Burr, E. A., Carlson, M. B., Ingram, J., Kruger, L. I., Grable, J. E., Ford, M. R. (2015). Solution Focused Financial Therapy: A brief report of a pilot study. Journal of Financial Therapy, 6(1), 1-16.

McCoy, M. A., Gale, J., Ford, M. R., & McCoy, R. (2013). A therapist’s perspective of a financial planning course: Implications for financial therapy education and trainings. Journal of Financial Therapy, 4(1), 21-38.

Ford, M. R., Baptist, J. A., & Archuleta, K. L. (2011). A theoretical approach to financial therapy: The development of the Ford Financial Empowerment Model. Journal of Financial Therapy, 2(2), 20-40.

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