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Mawdsley, Helena P.

Clinical Assistant Professor
School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education

College of Education
University of Florida
Physical Address: 1215 Norman Hall
PO Box 117049
Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone number: 352-273-4304
Fax number: 352-846-2697

Research Biography

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 research interests stand at the intersection of developmental processes, early childhood and early intervention practices, and early childhood policy. Specifically, Dr. Mawdsley’s research has included issues related to children with developmental disabilities (DD) and their families. Her work includes understanding parental self-efficacy in the context of having an infant/toddler with special needs and transitions for children with special needs. 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.


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

Key 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
College of Education, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Early Childhood Research Coordinator, Center for Technology in Education, School of Education, Johns Hopkins University, Columbia, MD.

Activities and Honors


Developmental Science Teaching Institute Travel Award, Society for Research in Child Development 2017


Fellow in Early Intervention and Early Learning in Special Education at the University of Florida. Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, Bureau of Maternal Child Health Fellow

Leadership in Education and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND)

Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC

Professional Associations

Society for Research in Child Development

Council for Exceptional Children – Division of Early Childhood

American Educational Research Association

American Psychological Associations

Courses Taught

  1. Human Growth and Development (EDF 3110)
  2. Child Development and the Inclusive Classroom (EDF 3115)
  3. The Young Adolescent (EDF 3132)
  4. The Adolescent (EDF 3135 online)
  5. Educational Psychology and Human Development (EDF 6113)
  6. History of Psychology (EDF 6938/PSY 6608)


Embedded Practices and Intervention with Caregivers (EPIC). Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, $1,499,971, 6/1/13 – 5/31/16, Role: University of Florida site Research Coordinator

Examining the Efficacy of a Classroom-Wide Model for Promoting Social Emotional Development and Addressing Challenge Behavior in Preschool Children with and Without Disabilities. Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, $3,500,000, 3/1/12 – 2/28/16 Role: Data collection.

Selected Publications

Chapters in Books

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.

Journal Articles

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.

Mawdsley, H. P., & Hauser-Cram, P. (2013). Mothers of young children with disabilities: Perceived benefits and worries about preschool, Early Child Development and Care, 183(9), 1258-1270.

Technical Reports

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.