||Associate Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., Child Development and Family Studies, Purdue University
M.A., General Psychology, Western Carolina University
B.A., Psychology, College of Charleston
||134 Kinard Hall
Attachment Relationships, Child Care, Higher Education
Dr. Fortner-Wood joined Winthrop’s Department of Psychology in 1998. Her research focuses on early development, in particular the long-term effects of early relationships. Her professional service includes consulting on attachment in adoption and advocating for quality early care and education in S.C. Fortner-Wood is engaged in a variety of campus efforts including the Department of Psychology’s Curriculum and Assessment Committee and the University’s TALONS (Banner implementation) Steering Committee.
She has served as the chair of Faculty Conference (2007-09) and earned the College of Arts and Sciences' Outstanding Advising Award (2005). However, it is her involvement in Winthrop’s successful bids for U.S. Department of Education multi-year, renewable TRiO McNair (2009, 2012) and Student Support Services (2005, 2010) grants that make her most proud. Fortner-Wood also serves as the director of the Winthrop McNair Scholars Program.