Dr. Watford has a background in mental health and neuroscience. Her focus has been stroke and cognitive rehabilitation in older adults. She has been a practicing Occupational Therapist for eight years in inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient settings. She received both her Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree (2013) and PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences from The University of Texas Medical Branch in 2016. Her dissertation focused on trends in caregiver support in older minority adults with Traumatic Brain Injury using secondary data from Uniform Data System (UDS) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). She is a core faculty member at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences on the Dallas campus.