Christina M Ford, MD is a board-certified, Harvard-trained psychiatrist who incorporates traditional and integrative techniques to help her patients realize their fullest potential. She combines a background in psychodynamics, pharmacology and women’s mental health with a nuanced understanding of nutrition, herbal treatments, mind-body techniques and the efficacy of lifestyle changes; the result is a holistic approach in guiding people towards self-empowerment alongside mental and emotional well-being. 

Conservative in her approach to medications, Dr. Ford places an equal emphasis on natural modes of healing and works with patients to provide personalized and evidence-based treatment. Her style is direct, supportive and strength-based; her work focuses on helping people improve relationships, manage work-life balance, and navigate life’s unexpected challenges. She believes in the innate resilience of the human spirit and feels strongly that regardless of our genetics or life experiences, we all have the capacity to live a fulfilled, meaningful, joyous existence. 

Education & Interests

Dr. Ford received her BA in English from Barnard College/Columbia University and her MD from the Keck School of Medicine of USC. She completed both her Adult Psychiatry Residency and a Fellowship in Women’s Mental Health at Harvard Medical School (Brigham & Women’s Hospital/Beth Isreal Deaconess Medical Center). In addition to her private practice, Dr. Ford serves as the Board Chair for FEAST (formerly Groceryships), a South Los Angeles based NPO dedicated to democratizing the health and wellness of our communities through improved access to healthy foods, nutritional education and emotional support groups. 

Select Credentials

  • Board Certification: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Adult Psychiatry

  • Graduate: Integrative Psychiatry Master Class, Denver, CO

  • Completed Level 1 Training in Reflective Parenting and Mindful Parenting through the Center for Reflective Communities

  • Fellow: American Psychiatric Association (APA)

  • Member: APA Caucus on Integrative Psychiatry

  • Member: Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine

  • Member: APA, American Medical Association, Southern California Psychiatric Society, Postpartum Support International