Oliver W. Edwards, Ph.D., NCSP, BCBA-D, is a professor of school psychology with the University of Central Florida. He is coordinator of the program which is housed in the Department of Counselor Education and School Psychology.

Dr. Edwards holds an undergraduate degree in psychology and an Ed.D. in Educational Administration from Florida International University. In addition, he earned his Ph.D. in School Psychology at the University of Florida. During his doctoral education, he was a McKnight Doctoral Fellow.

Dr. Edwards practiced as a School Psychologist with the School Board of Broward County, Florida for several years. He later became an administrator with the district, supervising roughly 65 School Psychologists and School Social Workers in their work with 65 schools and some 75,000 students.

Dr. Edwards' early research addressed theories of intelligence testing of racial/ethnic minorities and the psychosocial development of children raised by grandparents. Currently, he is researching social support networks as well as health disparities and their impact on ethnic minority school children.

Dr. Edwards’ scholarship is published in high-impact scientific journals nationally and internationally. His work has robust heuristic value and has advanced theory and practice with children across the societal spectrum as well as disadvantaged communities.

Areas of Expertise
  • School Psychology
  • Differential Psychology
  • Cognitive Science

Ph.D. in School Psychology - University of Florida
Ed.D. Educational Administration and Supervision – Florida International University


Research Interests
  • Children Raised by Grandparents
  • Differential Effects of Ethnicity
  • Positive Youth Development


  • UCF Teaching Incentive Program Award, 2017
  • UCF Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award, 2013
  • UCF Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award, 2009
  • UCF Research Incentive Award, 2009
  • UCF Distinguished Researcher Award, 2008