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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.

Cushing Hall 422



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


maternal health; health seeking behavior; social networks


Dr. Joyce K. Edmonds is an Assistant Professor. She received her Ph.D. from Emory University and a master's degree in public health from Oregon Health Sciences University. Her research interests are in maternal health, health seeking behavior, and social networks.  Her current research interests concerns  the recognition and response to labor onset and early labor symptoms among low-risk women and the influence of culture and social norms on childbirth decisions. 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
  • 2013 - Nurse Collaborator with Center for Nursing Excellence, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Selected Publications

  • 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
  • Edmonds, J. K., Jones, E. (2012). Intrapartum nurses' perceived influence on birth mode decisions and outcomes. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecological and Neonatal Nurses, 42, 3-11. doi:10.1111/j.1552-6909.2012.01422.x
  • Edmonds, J., Paul, M., & Sibley, L. (2012). Determinants of place of birth decisions in uncomplicated childbirth in Bangladesh: An empirical study. Midwifery, 28(1), 554-560.

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