Judy Ford grew up in Sydney with her parents,sister and two brothers. She completed her schooling at Loreto Kirribilli and then studied at the University of Sydney where she obtained a first class Honours Science degree and PhD in Genetics. After a year's post-doctoral work at Flinders University of SA in embryology, she went on to work in the field of Human Genetics for 30 years. During this time she led research teams, sat on many Boards and Research Advisory committees and published extensively in the scientific literature.
Dr Judy's early research was into mechanisms of cell division and the changes that occurred with ageing and adverse environmental conditions. This work was the basis of many of her important findings in the fields of fertility and cancer. In about 1980, she started to research the roles of lifestyle and environment in the disease process. This encouraged her to extend her knowledge and expertise into the areas of toxicology, nutrition, sexuality and stress management.
In 2001, the SA Investigator Science Centre named Dr Judy Ford as one of 14 key science innovators of the 20th Century for her work on lifestyle and health. Her work has been reported extensively in the media and she is named in many key international biographical publications.