Dr. Reynolds earned her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Education in 1990 in Educational Psychology. She completed both pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships in Alcohol Epidemiology through the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. Her area of expertise has been in alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse prevention since1981. Programs she has worked with include the MAPS program in the School of Education, the Eastern Ohio Regional Alcoholism Council, the Maternal Infant Recovery Consortium (MIRC) of St. Francis Medical Center, the Maternal Health Project at WPIC, the Pregnant Teen FreshStart program (School of Nursing) and since the year 2000, with the Center for Education and Drug Abuse Research (CEDAR) at the School of Pharmacy. She is a member of the Society for Prevention Research (SPR) and the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD). She has co-authored more than 50 substance abuse related articles in peer reviewed journals and co-edited two manuals on drug use during pregnancy.
Outside of the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Reynolds is a member of Ambassador Baptist Church of Pittsburgh, the Kiwanis Club of Sheraden, Pittsburgh, and the Sheraden Community Council. She was recognized by Pittsburgh City Council in 1996 and by the Mayor of Pittsburgh in 1997 for community leadership. She makes her home with her husband William Ford in the Sheraden neighborhood of Pittsburgh.