Nicole Edwards, Ph.D.

Nicole Edwards, Ph.D.

Nicole Edwards, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Nicole Edwards, Ph.D.

Contact Info
(856) 256-4500 x3797
Herman D. James Hall 3041


Dr. Nicole Megan Edwards earned her M.Ed in Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) from New York University and PhD in Special Education from University of Maryland, College Park. She worked as a home-based and center-based Early Intervention (EI) provider in New York City and as Associate Director of a state-funded grant at Georgia State University that oversaw and provided statewide professional development for Part C (birth - 36 months) EI providers in Georgia. 

Dr. Edwards is a tenured Associate Professor at Rowan University. Her research focuses on building capacity among professionals and primary caregivers and improving access to and quality of family-centered, strengths-based services for all young children, including those at risk for and with diagnosed delays and disabilities across birth-five settings. Aligned with bio-ecological systems theory, she examines the direct and indirect role of vested stakeholders in ​​satisfying the federal Child Find mandate for earlier EI referrals, supporting early emotional development, and addressing roadblocks to implementing multi-tiered Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports. She enjoys disseminating research in peer reviewed journals and at professional conferences, and has published an evidence-based book with Brookes Publishing, Inc. entitled, Early Social-Emotional Development: Your Guide to Promoting Children's Positive Behavior​.

Dr. Edwards served as co-leader of the international Division for Early Childhood's Early Intervention Community of Practice and is program co-chair for the American Educational Research Association's Family, School, and Community Partnerships Special Interest Group. She is on the editorial board of three peer-reviewed journals: Early Education and DevelopmentJournal of Early Intervention; and TEACHING Exceptional Children

Dr. Edwards is Co-PI on an approved grant (2019-2021): Understanding the Ecology of Immigrant Families and their Integration into Camden City: Multiple Systems for Health and Well-Being of Young Children from Birth to Age 5.  She also coordinates the MA in Special EducationEarly Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Certificate of Graduate Study, and Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TOSD) Graduate Endorsement

Nicole lives with her husband, two sons, and sweet puppy in Pennsylvania.