Gwynn Morris

Gwynn Morris

Professor, Psychology

105 Ledford
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Gwynn Morris joined the Meredith College faculty in 2008.  Dr. Morris’ areas of interest include development at all points in the lifespan and memory, particularly personal memories.  Her previous work has examined the role of language acquisition in the offset of childhood amnesia and the predictors of which early autobiographical memories will survive over time.  She has also examined the role of emotions in shaping older adult's memory narratives.  Her work is published in several professional journals including Developmental Psychology and Child Development.  She enjoyes teaching many developmental psychology courses (Child & Adolescent, Lifespan, Aging) and sharing her passion for these topics with her students.

Academic Credentials

Ph.D. Psychology, North Carolina State University

M.S. Psychology, North Carolina State University

B.S. Biology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Morris, G. (2018, March). Influences of socioemotional selectivity theory on older adult’s autobiographical remembering. Poster presented at the 64th Annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Charleston, SC.

Morris, S.G., Edwards, C.A., & Brown, B. (2017, April). Scaffolding effective use of scientific evidence (Journal of Anecdotal Evidence, Opinion & Irrelevant Fact, 2017). Roundtable presentation at the Biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development Teaching Institute, Austin, TX. Materials available from

Morris, G., Baker-Ward, L., & Styers. M.  (June, 2015). Making a sad song better: Positive reappraisal in autobiographical memory from ages 6 to 60.  Presentation at the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition XI Conference, Victoria, BC, Canada.

Edwards, C., Morris, G., Grovenstein, T. & Brown, B.  (March, 2015). Incorporating general education writing goals into developmental psychology courses without spending your whole life grading.  Roundtable presentation at the biennial Society for Research in Child Development Teaching Institute, Philadelphia, PA.

Research Co-PI on CIC Intergenerational Connections: Students Serving Older Adults Grant for $13,000 to Meredith Students entitled Fall-Risk Reduction through Home Safety Modifications and In-Home Exercise for Socially Isolated Older Adults


Department Chair’s Award for Meritorious Service to the Department of Psychology and Social Work, 2014

School of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Scholarly Activity Award, 2014

Access Award, Meredith College, 2011

Ida H. Friday Faculty Award, Meredith College, 2010


Peterson, C., Morris, G., Baker-Ward, L., Flynn, S.  (2014).  Predicting which childhood memories persist: Contributions of memory characteristics. Developmental Psychology, 50(2), 439-448. doi: 10.103/a0033221

Brown, B.T., Morris, G., Nida, R. E., & Baker-Ward, L.  (2012).  Brief report: Making experience personal: Internal states language in the memory narratives of children with and without Asperger’s disorder.  Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 42, 441-446.

Morris, G., Baker-Ward, L., & Bauer, P.  (2010). What remains of that day:  The survival of children’s autobiographical memories across time. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 24, 527-544.

Morris, G. & Baker-Ward, L. (2007).  Fragile but real: Children’s capacity to use newly acquired words to convey preverbal memories.  Child Development, 78(2), 448-458.


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