Mary Fortson-Harwell

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Mary Fortson-Harwell

Ph.D., Clinical Assistant Professor & MSW Field Education Director
School of Public Affairs
ACAD 112
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Office Hours:
Monday's 11:00am - 1:00pm (Virtual/Teams)
Thursday's 8:30am - 10:30am (Virtual/Teams)
Or by appointment:


Biographical Information

Mary Fortson-Harwell is a Clinical Assistant Professor and MSW Field Education Director in the UCCS School of Public Affairs.  She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in CO, GA, and CA, and has over a decade of social work experience in both civilian and military settings. She received her MSW from the University of Georgia in 2010, and a PhD in International Conflict Management from Kennesaw State University in 2017. 

Dr. Fortson-Harwell has practice experience addressing a range of issues such as grief and bereavement, inpatient and outpatient medical social work, refugee resettlement, and non-profit management. She has provided teaching and training in evidence-based practices for trauma- and resilience-informed care to mental health professionals throughout the United States.

Dr. Fortson-Harwell currently serves as a Clinical Social Worker and Behavioral Health Officer in the Colorado Army National Guard. She looks forward to developing collaborations and field placement opportunities with the Colorado Springs social work community!

Areas of Interest

  • Post-conflict mental health
  • Intergenerational transmission of trauma
  • Secondary traumatic stress 
  • Building resilience in medical professionals
  • Social identity and health/well-being
  • Post-deployment rituals of return

Curriculum Vitae