Born and raised in Charleston, WV, Dr. Winter attended Marshall University, completing both undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology. She worked extensively with K-12 students in West Virginia Schools, first as a school psychologist and later as the director of student affairs and the administrator for the district's alternative schools. Following 25 years of public school experience, Dr. Winter completed her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at The University of Georgia. While in Georgia, she worked as a Behavior Specialist, designing behavior plans and assessing adults with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities. Additionally, Dr. Winter has worked as a private psychologist for children and adults with mental retardation and other mental health issues, providing the full range of psychological assessments and services to clients from childhood throughout adulthood. She also has extensive experience as a consultant and trainer with adolescents and adults in multiple fields, including leadership development, behavioral strategies, classroom management, team building, substance abuse prevention and intervention, group facilitation skills, mental health issues, and peer helper programs. At Winthrop, Dr. Winter teaches courses in educational psychology, child development, pedagogy, assessment, and classroom management to all education majors, including a capstone course for student interns. She also supervises students in their field experiences and teaches advanced educational psychology at the graduate level. She is presently researching university student retention as the Singleton Endowed Professor. Dr. Winter has two daughters. Her older daughter is an attorney and her younger daughter is completing the school psychology program at Marshall University.