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 is a tenured Associate Professor in the College of Education at Rowan University. Aligned with ecological systems theory, she explores the direct and indirect role of vested stakeholders in ​​satisfying the federal Child Find mandate for earlier screening and referral of infants and toddlers to Part C Early Intervention (EI) as well as nurturing early emotional development proactively and post-abuse and/or neglect in birth-5. Dr. Edwards also looks at roadblocks to implementing multi-tiered Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports across P-12. She seeks to build capacity and promote meaningful collaboration among cross-disciplinary professionals and diverse family units to optimize use of tailored supports for all children, including those at risk for and with diagnosed delays and disabilities.

Dr. Edwards is a governor-appointed member of the NJ State Interagency Coordinating Council (SICC), advising the NJ Department of Health on issues related to the NJ EI system. She co-chairs the Family Support Committee of the SICC (e.g., recommendations to improve birth-1 referral rates in NJ), and has served as an invited member of stakeholder subcommittees framing the NJEIS State Systemic Improvement Plan (Indicator 11) and setting NJ’s targets for Family Outcomes (Indicator 4). For the international Division for Early Childhood (DEC), Dr. Edwards was co-leader of the DEC Early Intervention Community of Practice and currently serves on the DEC Research Committee. For the American Educational Research Association (AERA), she has served as program co-chair and is currently co-chair-elect of AERA’s Family-School-Community Partnerships Special Interest Group. She is a peer reviewer on the editorial board of Early Education and DevelopmentJournal of Early Intervention, and TEACHING Exceptional Children.   

Dr. Edwards has a BA in Psychology with an Elementary Education certification from State University of New York at Geneseo. She earned a M.Ed in Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) from New York University and a PhD in Special Education from University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to becoming a faculty member at Rowan University in 2013, she was Associate Director of a state-funded initiative at Georgia State University that provided and monitored comprehensive statewide professional development for EI providers and Service Coordinators in Georgia. Nicole credits a diverse range of impactful opportunities to meaningfully connect with and learn from individuals across ages and programs to the holistic, strengths-based, lifespan perspective she applies towards her teaching and research.

Dr. Edwards was Co-PI on an approved grant from 2019-2022: 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.  In 2018, she published a book entitled, Early Social-Emotional Development: Your Guide to Promoting Children's Positive Behavior​.

She coordinates the following programs:

MA in Special Education (multiple track options in LD, ECSE, or Grad TOSD)

Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE; birth-5) Certificate of Graduate Study

Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TOSD) Graduate Endorsement


To view recent publications by Dr. Edwards, visit her researcher profile on Rowan Digital Works.