Department of Psychology
Research interests & goals:
Cynthia A. Edwards is a Professor of Psychology at Meredith College. Edwards’ research interests include the history of psychology, bilingual education, and the role of peer social networks in the development of girls and women. She has conducted a series of studies on the social networks formed by girls in dormitory and summer camp settings, and her current project is a longitudinal study of cognitive-social networks and the development of leadership skills among young women. Edwards enjoys working collaboratively with Meredith undergraduate students in the development of research projects, and has mentored numerous students to national conference presentations in both psychology and interdisciplinary Honors. Edwards has served in several administrative roles at Meredith, directing the Honors Program from 2004-2007 and serving as Associate Vice President for Academic Programs from 2007-2010. Currently, she directs the Meredith Undergraduate Research and Service Learning Programs while continuing to teach in the Department of Psychology.