John Edwards received his A.B. from the University of Chicago and attended Howard University School of Law where he graduated cum laude and served on the editorial board of the Howard Law Journal. Upon graduation, he joined the Cook County (IL) State's Attorney's Office where he specialized in matters of child abuse and neglect. John also worked as a staff attorney for Catholic Charities of Chicago. He later enrolled in the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College, graduating with the Master's in Social Service degree. John received the Shahbanu Goldberg Award for his service to the School as well as the Patricia Burland Award for Best Clinical Case Essay. He was invited to teach a class in Advocacy and Negotiation at the GSSWSR. John worked for several years at Mazzoni Center where he supervised a SAMHSA funded intervention that provided outreach services and peer support for gay and bisexual men and transgender individuals at high risk of substance abuse and HIV transmission. During the 2020-2021 academic year, John received the McPherson Award for Excellence and the L. Diane Bernard Award for LGBT and Human Sexuality Projects.
Research and Scholarly Interests
John's research interests include the prevention and treatment of HIV and STIs; mood, anxiety, and substance abuse/dependence disorders within LGBTQ communities; Social work education and field placements; Social worker training and hiring; Social work and the law.
John looks forward to collaborating with Bryn Mawr faculty, his fellow doctoral students, and relevant community members in developing a proposal for his dissertation.