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About Joyce K. Edmonds

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.


Present Assistant Professor, Boston College

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

maternal health, cesarean sections, health seeking behavior, and social networks


  • Community Health
  • Health Education and Teaching

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