Helena Mawdsley

Helena Mawdsley 

Clinical Assistant Professor

Helena Mawdsley





PO Box 117049
Rm 2711P
Gainesville, FL 32611



Dr. Mawdsley is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education (SHDOSE). She currently coordinates the human development and adolescent development courses within SHDOSE. Her early research interests stood at the intersection of developmental processes, early childhood and early intervention practices. Dr. Mawdsley’s research has included issues related to children with developmental disabilities (DD) and their families. Dr. Mawdsley has presented and written much about transactional relations between parenting stress and child behavior among families who have children with DD. Prior to her tenure at UF, she was the Program Evaluator for Maryland state’s Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS) for child care quality. Dr. Mawdsley's current interests revolve around understanding student motivation while participating in service learning.


  • School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education
  • University of Florida- School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education

Research Interests

Developmental Trajectories, Early Intervention, Family Processes, Service Learning


  • Ph.D. in Applied Developmental & Educational Psychology, 2010 Boston College
  • M.A. in Child Development, 2004 Tufts University
  • B.A. in Psychology, 2002 University of Notre Dame

Professional Appointments

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education, Gainesville, FL
  • Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Post-doctoral Fellow in Early Intervention and Early Learning in Special Education, Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies
  • Early Childhood Research Coordinator, Center for Technology in Education, School of Education, Johns Hopkins University, Columbia, MD.

Activities and Honors

  • Blue Ribbon Award 2019, COE University of Florida
  • Developmental Science Teaching Institute Travel Award, Society for Research in Child Development 2017
  • Leadership in Education and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND), Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC

Selected Grants

Embedded Practices and Intervention with Caregivers (EPIC)

  • Research Coordinator
Funding Agency
  • Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education
Project Period
  • 6/13 - 5/16
Award Amount
  • $1,499,971

Examining the Efficacy of a Classroom-Wide Model for Promoting Social Emotional Development and Addressing Challenge Behavior in Preschool Children with and Without Disabilities

  • Data Collection
Funding Agency
  • Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education
Project Period
  • 3/12 - 2/16
Award Amount
  • $3,500,000

Selected Publications

Books / Book Chapters
  • Rous, B., & Mawdsley, H. P. (2015). Preparing teachers to support transition and bridge discontinuity for children and families. In L. Couse and S. Recchia (Eds.), The Handbook of Early Childhood Teacher Education (pp. 241-256). New York: Routledge.
  • Salisbury, C., Woods, J., Snyder, P., Moddlemog, K., Mawdsley, H. P., Romano, M., & Windsor, K. (2017). Caregiver and provider experiences with coaching and embedded intervention. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 1-13.
  • Woodman, A., Mawdsley, H. P., & Hauser-Cram, P. (2015). Parenting stress and child behavior problems within families of children with developmental disabilities: Transactional relations across 15 years. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 36, 264-276.
  • Nunn, J., Swanson, R.C., & Mawdsley, H. P. (2011). Expenditure-outcome evaluation of Maryland’s extended IFSP initiative. Technical report for Maryland State Department of Education, Special Education and Early Intervention Branch. Baltimore, MD. Available at www.marylandpublicschools.org.
  • Mawdsley, H.P., Snyder, P., & Miller, D. (2017, April). Validating a parenting self-efficacy measure for caregivers of infants and toddlers with disabilities. Poster presented at the 2017 biennial Society for Research in Child Development Conference, Austin, TX.
  • Mawdsley, H.P., Snyder, P., & Miller, D. (2016, February). Piloting a Parenting Self-Efficacy Measure for Families of Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities. Poster presented at the biennial Conference for Research Innovations in Early Interventions, San Diego, CA.