Dr. Joyce K. Edmonds holds a certification in public health (CPH) from the National
Board of Public Health Examiners and an advanced practice public health nurse
certification (APHN-BC) from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. 

Her research interests are in maternal health, health seeking behavior, decision-making
and social networks. Dr. Edmonds' dissertation project concerned health seeking
behavior and health care utilization decisions in childbirth. The study population was in
Matlab, Bangladesh. She conducted in-depth interviews and used data from structured
surveys to investigate the choice of birth attendant through ethnographic decision and
social network models. Outcomes of interest included use of skilled birth attendants. Her
theoretical focus is on health care decision-making and the influence of social networks
guided by the Network-Episode Model of Utilization and Compliance (Pescosolido, 1992).
Dr. Edmonds was also involved in study that examined the recognition and response to
postpartum hemorrhage using cultural consensus analysis among different groups of women
attending birth. Her current research interests concern the rising rates of cesarean
sections and the influence of culture and social norms on birth mode decisions. The goals
of her program of research are to improve maternal health outcomes through
evidenced-based decision making and community-based interventions. 



Racial and ethnic differences in primary, unscheduled cesarean deliveries among low-risk primiparous women at an academic medical center: a retrospective cohort study (with Revital Yehezkel, Xun Liao, and Tiffany A. Moore Simas), BMC pregnancy and childbirth (2013)

BACKGROUND: Cesarean sections are the most common surgical procedure for women in the United States....



Women’s social networks and birth attendant decisions: Application of the Network-Episode Model (with Daniel Hruschka, H Russell Bernard, and Lynn Sibley), Nursing Faculty Publication Series (2012)

This paper examines the association of women's social networks with the use of skilled birth...



Type, Content, and Source of Social Support Perceived by Women during Pregnancy: Evidence from Matlab, Bangladesh (with Moni Paul and Lynn M. Sibley), Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition (2011)

Specific and contextualized data on social support during distinct health events are needed to improve...



A Comparison of Excessive Postpartum Blood Loss Estimates Among Three Subgroups of Women Attending Births in Matlab, Bangladesh (with Daniel Hruschka and Lynn Sibley), Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health (2010)


Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) is the leading cause of maternal death and disability worldwide. Recognition...




Community Health Nursing Service Learning (with Diane Coste), Office of Community Partnerships Posters (2012)

Through the Service Learning Course, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, RN-BS Online Program, Senior...