A portrait of Dr. John F. EdwardsResearch Fellow and
Coordinator of Data Laboratories
Social Science Research Center

Associate Research Professor
Mississippi State University

Research Scientist
Mississippi Agricultural and
Forestry Experiment Station

(662) 325-2689

Dr. John F. Edwards directs the Survey Research Laboratory (SRL) at the Social Science Research Center. The SRL conducts scientifically-based survey research using local, state, and national samples. The surveys cover a broad range of research topics such as healthcare, education, behavioral risk factors, children’s wellbeing, vocational rehabilitation, watershed management, disaster response, and the state of the economy. For telephone-based surveys, the SRL maintains a state-of-the-art call center with 30 interviewer stations. The laboratory utilizes a robust CATI (computer-assisted-telephone-interviewing) system and the data collection process is based on rigorous sampling methodology. The SRL regularly employs both Address-Based Frames and Dual-Frame RDD samples that account for cellphone-only households. Past clients include: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Walton Family Foundation, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. In cooperation with the Political Science Department at Mississippi State University, the SRL also conducts the only scientifically-based public issues survey in the state of Mississippi: The Mississippi Poll.

Most recently, Dr. Edwards is collaborating with a team of social scientists and computer programmers to establish the Innovative Data Laboratory (IDL). The mission of this laboratory is to explore emerging datasets and provide research scientists with access to social media data as a source of public communications related to a particular event or research topic. The team has developed a web-application known as the Social Media Tracking and Analysis System. This application provides scientists with real-time access to social media data that can be codified and analyzed to meet the needs of a given research project.

In addition to his work at the Social Science Research Center, Dr. Edwards has taught courses in Measurement and Evaluation, Behavioral Science Writing, and Personality Theory for the Educational Psychology Department at Mississippi State University.

Dr. Edwards received a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Loyola University in New Orleans, a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of New Orleans, a Master’s degree in Experimental Psychology from Mississippi State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Psychology from Mississippi State University.

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