Professor of Psychology Cynthia Edwards to Present Faculty Distinguished Lecture

Professor of Psychology Cynthia Edwards to Present Faculty Distinguished Lecture

Professor of Psychology Cynthia Edwards will deliver Meredith College’s 2017-18 Faculty Distinguished Lecture on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, at 7 p.m. in Jones Auditorium.

Edwards’ Faculty Distinguished Lecture topic is “Mix Your Own Palette: The Power of Friendships to Color Your Future,” which builds on the longitudinal studies she has led at Meredith. Her research program is comprised of a series of overlapping longitudinal studies aimed at understanding the role of family and peer social support in mediating the stressors associated with adolescent and early adult life transitions.  One longitudinal study has followed a cohort of Meredith alumnae since they enrolled in the college as freshmen in the fall of 2002. Additional cohorts launched in 2013 and 2016 aim to compare current students with the original cohort as well as illuminating additional factors that moderate stress and enhance resiliency at these critical life transitions.

“I study young women as they navigate significant life changes. Such life transitions provide us with both disruption and opportunity,” Edwards said. “My research focuses on how the relationships with which you surround yourself can make you stronger, enabling you to ride out the disruptions to discover the opportunities within.”

A member of the Meredith faculty since 1991, Edwards teaches developmental and social psychology, supervises psychology department internships, and maintains an active student-led research laboratory.

At Meredith, Edwards has served in a number of administrative posts, including her current post as head of the Department of Psychology and Social Work. In this role, she is guiding the development and launch of Meredith’s new graduate program in Industrial/Organizational (I/O) psychology.

Edwards holds a Ph.D. in developmental psychology and an M.A. in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.A. in psychology from Wake Forest University.

The Faculty Distinguished Lecture was designed to represent a significant achievement of research by a faculty member. The first lecture was presented in 1964 by Professor of English Norma Rose.

This event is free and open to the public. The lecture counts as an Academic/Cultural Event for General Education for Meredith students. The Faculty Distinguished Lecture is sponsored by Meredith’s convocation committee.

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