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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.


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., Cwiertniewicz, T. R., & Stoll, K. (2015). Childbirth Education Prior to Pregnancy? Survey Findings of Childbirth Preferences and Attitudes Among Young Women. Journal of Perinatal Education, 24(2), 93-101. doi:10.1891/1058-1243.24.2.93
  • Stoll, K., Edmonds, J. K., & Hall, W. (in press). Fear of childbirth and preference for cesarean section among young American women prior to childbirth: A survey study. Birth.
  • Edmonds, J.K., Hawkins, S. & Cohen, B. (2014). The influence of detailed maternal ethnicity on cesarean delivery: Findings from the U.S. birth certificate in the state of Massachusetts. Birth. Advance online publication. doi:10.1111/birt.12108
  • Edmonds, J.K. (2014). Clinical indications associated with primary cesarean birth. Nursing for Women’s Health, 18(3), 243-249. doi:10.1111/1751-486X.12126
  • Edmonds, J. K., Yehezkel, R., Liao, X., & Moore-Simas, T. A. (2013). Racial and ethnic differences in primary, unscheduled cesarean deliveries among low-risk primiparous women at an academic medical center: A retrospective cohort study. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 13(168). doi:10.1186/1471-2393-13-168

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