Dr. Cynthia Edmonds-Cady
- Awards & Honors
Cynthia Edmonds-Cady is an Associate Professor of Social Work, and affiliated faculty in the Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program. She has an expertise in Intersectionality and community engagement, women and poverty, social movement work, ecotherapy methods, and the connection between nature and healing for women trauma survivors.
456.001Child and Family Policy
418.001Generalist Social Work Practice II: Families And Groups
419.001Generalist Social Work Practice III: Organizations and Communities
345.001Generalist Practice IV: Communities
345.002Generalist Practice IV: Communities
Teaching Interests & Areas
Diverse Populations, Community Practice, Practice with Families and Groups, and Child and Family Policy. All courses include a community engagement component.
Research Interests & Areas
Nature-based ecotherapy practices (including working with the land, animals, and with regenerative agricultural methods) with women trauma survivors, the community engagement of young low-income mothers, the uses of maternalism in the history of poor women’s social movements, and intersectionality in poor women’s access to reproductive rights during the Jim Crow era.
Research methods include qualitative methods such as: arts-based methods (photo-voice, poetic inquiry, autoethnography), focused ethnography, participatory qualitative mapping/spatial analysis, oral history, and archival methods.
Dr. Edmonds-Cady has presented and published papers on trauma survivors' healing through nature, feminist standpoint theory, the history of the Welfare Rights Movement, race/class and women’s reproductive control in the 1940s-1950s American South, and the use of feminist research methods.
Ph D Social Work
MSW Social Work
BS Social Work
University Outstanding Teaching Initiative Award
Race, Class, and Reproductive Services in the Jim
Crow South.The Journal of Sociology and
Social Welfare, 44 (4), 143-166.
Autoethnographies on Trauma, Nature, and Healing. Paper
presentation for the fifteenth annual International Congress for
Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-
Through the Looking Glass: Teaching Macro
Practice Skills Through Immersive, Community-
Engaged Learning. Paper presentation for the
Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social
Work Education (CSWE), Orlando, FL.