Judith Herb College of Education




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Department of Educational Foundations & Leadership
The University of Toledo
Main Campus
Gillham Hall, 5th floor
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The University of Toledo
Main Campus
MS 921
Toledo, OH 43606-3390

Department Secretary:
Ruth Ann Easterwood
Gillham Hall Room 5000

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Department Chair:

Dr. Edward Janak
Gillham Hall Room 5000C
(419) 530-4114

Department of Educational Foundations & Leadership


Mary Ellen Edwards

Dr. Mary Ellen Edwards

Educational Psychology Program
Social Foundations of Education Program
Department of Foundations of Education

Gillham Hall Room 5000F
Mail Stop 914
Phone:  419.530.2392
Fax:      419.530.8447


She received her Ph.D. in personality and social psychology from New School University in New York City. As a doctoral student she was a guest researcher at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in behavioral medicine at Oregon Health Sciences University. She has been involved in several epidemiological studies looking at psychosocial factors and health. She taught developmental psychology at the community college level and held a variety of administrative positions in community colleges. Her current research interests include the relationships between social policy and education in the US and in other countries, urban education issues, and the role of educational institutions in human development. In addition to developmental psychology, Dr. Edwards teaches courses in social foundations of education, educational policy, and comparative education. Dr. Edwards has served on the Policy Committee for Workforce Development for the U.S. Department of Labor and the Research Council of the American Association of Community Colleges. She has also been involved in higher education accreditation and has been a Consultant/Evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association since 1995.

Last Updated: 7/11/17