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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Joyce K. Edmonds, RN, MPH, PhD

assistant professor

Joyce K. Edmonds, RN, M.P.H., Ph.D.

Contact Information
Maloney Hall 358


  • Ph.D. Emory University
  • M.P.H. Oregon Health University
  • B.S.N. Florida State University


maternal health; health seeking behavior; social networks


Dr. Joyce K. Edmonds is an Assistant Professor. Her research interests are in maternal health, health seeking behavior, and social networks. Her current research concerns risk factors for cesarean delivery among low-risk women and the influence of culture on childbirth decisions. She is investigating the influence of nurses on delivery outcomes and the factors that shape their practice patterns. The goals of her program of research are to improve the effectiveness of strategies devoted to predicting and influencing the likelihood of successful vaginal birth.

Dr. Edmonds has the following certifications:

  • Advanced Public Health Nurse, Board Certified, (APHN, BC), American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • Certification in Public Health (CPH), National Board of Public Health Examiners


  • 2013-2015: Sectional Councilor, American Public Health Association's Public Health Nursing
  • 2014: Faculty Nurse Scientist, Munn Center for Nursing Research, Massachusetts General Hospital

Selected Publications

  • Edmonds, J.K., Campbell, L. & Gilder, R. (2016). Public Health Nursing Practice in the Affordable Care Act Era: A National Survey. Public Health Nursing. In Press.
  • Stoll, K., Edmonds, J. K., & Hall, W. A. (2015). Fear of childbirth and preference for cesarean delivery among young american women before childbirth: A survey study. Birth, 42(3), 270-276. doi:10.1111/birt.12178
  • Edmonds, J. K., Hawkins, S. S., & Cohen, B. B. (2015). Variation in vaginal birth after cesarean by maternal race and detailed Ethnicity. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 20(6), 1114-1123. doi:10.1007/s10995-015-1897-5 
  • Stoll, K., Hauck, Y., Downe, S., Edmonds, J., Gross, M. M., Malott, A., ... Hall, W. A. (2016). Cross-cultural development and psychometric evaluation of a measure to assess fear of childbirth prior to pregnancy. Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare, 8, 49-54. doi:10.1016/j.srhc.2016.02.004 
  • Edmonds, J. K., Hacker, M. R., Golen, T. H., & Shah, N. T. (2016). Nurses count: Tracking performance to improve cesarean delivery rates. Birth, 43(1), 3-5. doi:10.1111/birt.12216 

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