Joellen Edwards, PhD, RN, FAAN

Dr. Edwards is a nationally known expert on health policy and rural health, and has a special interest in women’s health issues. In Appalachian Tennessee, Edwards was one of the leaders in establishing and continuing a long-standing network of nurse-managed clinics that now serve thousands of rural and underserved patients each year.

Her research has been widely published and a recent manuscript with colleagues on “Factors Influencing Mental Health Screening and Treatment among Women in a Rural, South Central Appalachian Primary Care Clinic” was accepted for publication in the Journal of Rural Health. The manuscript presents the results of a qualitative study from the perspective of women and their providers. As the Hugh F. and Jeannette G. McKean Endowed Chair in Nursing at UCF, Edwards plans to continue this research and the studies of barriers and facilitators of several preventative screenings in rural Florida women.

In 2012, she was principal investigator for a funded interagency research project looking at cancer in the region with the Appalachian Regional Commission and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She also was a principal investigator on a rural health professions project funded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Rural Health.

Edwards is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She is also currently a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Rural Health and has served on several state and national committees addressing rural health issues.

Selected Publications

  • Hurley, S., & Edwards, J. (2017). Nurses’ perceptions of self as role models of health. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 40(8), 1131-1147.

  • Edwards, J., Rayman, K., Diffenderfer, S. & Stidham, A. (2016). Strategic innovation between PhD and DNP programs: Collaboration, collegiality, and shared resources. Nursing Outlook, 64(4), 312-320.

  • Hill, S., Cantrell, C., Edwards, J. & Dalton, W. (2015). Factors influencing mental health screening and treatment among women in a rural south central Appalachian primary care clinic. Journal of Rural Health, 32(1), 82-91.

  • Dunham-Taylor, J., & Edwards, J. (2014). How we got to where we are! In J. Dunham-Taylor & J. Z. Pinczuk (Eds.), Health Care Financial Management for Nurse Managers: Merging the Heart with the Dollar (3rd ed.). Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett.

  • Putnam, T., Hogan, C., White, T., Goodwin, A., Conaway, G., Jones, C., Edwards, J., & Boghozian, R. (2013). 669: Critical care resources for elderly rural trauma patients in an Appalachian level I trauma center. Critical Care Medicine, 41(12), A164.

Editorial Board

  • Journal of Rural Health

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  • Chair, Department of Nursing Systems
  • Hugh F. and Jeannette G. McKean Endowed Chair in Nursing
  • Professor