10/09/2018 - Christine Blasey Ford: both a witness and an expert witness at the same time

When Sen. Dianne Feinstein asked Christine Blasey Ford how she remembered with clarity her alleged encounter with Brett Kavanaugh, she said "basic memory functions" and went on to explain the science behind them.

Testifying before Congress about her alleged assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford is appearing not only as an alleged victim, but as an expert witness.

Asked the details of her allegations, the psychology professor and researcher used empirical psychology terms within her sometimes emotional responses with clinical science.

The laughter of Kavanaugh and Mark Judge, she said, was "indelible in the hippocampus." She noted that the "sequelae of sexual assault" varies from victim to victim.

What Ford called her "basic memory function" was anything but basic: She said "the level of norephinephrine and the epinephrine in the brain" encoded and locked her traumatic memories into her brain.

Ford is a professor of psychology at Palo Alto University in California. She teaches research design and education clinical psychology at Palo Alto and in a consortium with Stanford University’s School of Medicine. She earned a doctorate in psychology at the University of Southern California, and master's degrees from Stanford and Pepperdine University.

She claimed: "When I got to the top of the stairs, I was pushed from behind into a bedroom across from the bathroom. I couldn't see who pushed me. Brett and Mark came into the bedroom and locked the door behind them. There was music playing in the bedroom. It was turned up louder by either Brett or Mark once we were in the room. I was pushed onto the bed and Brett got on top of me. He began running his hands over my body and grinding into me. I yelled, hoping that someone downstairs might hear me. And I tried to get away from him, but his weight was heavy. Brett groped me and tried to take off my clothes. He had a hard time because he was very inebriated and because I was wearing a one-piece bathing suit underneath my clothing."