Sara Edwards

Sara Edwards

Assistant Professor, clinical track | PhD, MN, MPH, CNM


Dr. Sara Edwards is an Assistant Professor, clinical track, and has been practicing as a certified nurse-midwife since she completed dual masters’ degrees in Nursing and Public Health at Emory University in 1994. She recently completed a PhD at Emory, acquiring the additional didactic and practical knowledge necessary to be an academic nurse researcher. With extensive background in caring for vulnerable and underrepresented women throughout nearly 30 years as a nurse-midwife, she focused her dissertation research on the Brain-Gut Axis and its influence on gestational weight gain in African-American women. Dr. Edwards has worked at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University since 2003 and currently teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs while she continues her research.

Dr. Edwards hails from North Carolina and is married to her childhood sweetheart with whom she has two children. She has one granddaughter.

Areas of Expertise

Biological Behavioral/omics


Yang, I., Edwards, S., Dunlop, A., Hertzberg, V. (In Press). The Microbiome in Health and Disease, In Systems Medicine: Integrative, Qualitative and Computational Approaches.

Edwards, S., Cunningham, S., Dunlop, A., Corwin, E. (2017). The Maternal Gut Microbiome During Pregnancy, MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs., 42(6): 310-317. (*Selected as a Continuing Education article by the publisher.)

Mutic, A., Jordan, S., Ferranti, E., Thul, T., Edwards, S., Yang, I. (2017). The Postpartum Maternal and Newborn Microbiomes, MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs., 42(6): 326-331.

Jordan, S., Baker, B., Dunn, A., Edwards, S., Ferranti, E., Mutic, A., Yang, I., Rodriguez, J. (2017). Maternal-Child Microbiome: Collection, Storage and Implications for Research and Practice, Nursing Research, 66(2): 175-183.

Dunlop, A.L., Mulle, J., Ferranti, E. P., Edwards, S.M., Dunn, A. B., Corwin, E. J. (2015). The Maternal Microbiome and Pregnancy Outcomes That Impact Infant Health: A Review, Advances in Neonatal Care, 15(6):377-85.


Sara has taught extensively in both clinical and classroom settings. Currently she coordinates Pathophysiology for Nurses and Maternity and Reproductive Health Nursing. She also teaches nurse-midwifery students across courses in the classroom, simulation lab and in the clinical setting.


She is now building a translational program of biobehavioral research, currently focusing on the role of the brain-gut axis and weight, for the prevention and management of adverse health outcomes and health disparities among childbearing-age women.