Oliver Edwards, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair

Counselor Education and School Psychology

Office: ED 209H

Phone: 407-823-2740


Professional Summary

Oliver W. Edwards, Ph.D., NCSP, is a professor of School Psychology with the University of Central Florida. He is currently serving as Chair of 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 is editor-in-chief of the scholarly practice journal, School Psychology Forum: Research in Practice (SPF). SPF is a publication of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the journal is distributed to approximately 25,000 readers four times each year. NASP is the major professional organization for school psychologists in North America.


Ph.D. in School Psychology
Department of Educational Psychology – An American Psychological Association (APA) Accredited Program
University of Florida

Areas of Expertise

  • School Psychology
  • Differential Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology

Research Interests

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

Recent Honors and Awards

  • 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

Recent Publications

Edwards, O.W. & Taub, G. (2017). Children and youth perceptions of family food insecurity and bullying. School Mental Health. Published online first @ doi 10.1007/s12310-017-9213-8. http://rdcu.be/rqs4 (Empirical Study)

Edwards, O.W. & Batlemento, P. (2016). Caregiver Configurations and Bullying among High School Students. Journal of Child & Family Studies. doi:10.1007/s10826-016-0442-5 (Empirical Study)

Puyana, O.E. & Edwards, O.W. (2016). Identifying School Psychologists’ Intercultural Sensitivity. School Psychology Forum: Research in Practice, 10, 410-421. (Empirical Study)

Edwards, O.W., & Cheeley, T. (2016). Positive youth development and nutrition: interdisciplinary strategies to enhance student outcomes. Children & Schools, 38, 170-176. doi: 10.1093/cs/cdw019 (Conceptual Study)

Edwards, O.W., & Taub, G.E. (2015). The influence of specific phonemic awareness processes on the reading comprehension of African American students. Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 30, 74-84. doi:10.1080/02568543.2015.1105332 (Empirical Study)

Professional Organizations

  • American Psychological Association
  • Florida Association of School Psychologists
  • International School Psychology Association
  • National Association of School Psychologists
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