Nikki Edge, Ph.D.

Dr. Nikki Edge

Nikki Edge, Ph.D. is a Professor in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. She conducts research on factors that place children at risk for poor social and emotional outcomes, and designs, implements and evaluates interventions for these high-risk children and families. Her specific areas of focus include children and families impacted by maternal substance use, depression and traumatic events such as abuse or neglect and she has published widely in these areas. She also focuses on interventions in early care and education settings designed to build social and emotional skills in young children. She directs an Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation program in Arkansas, called Project PLAY as well as a teacher training and coaching program, called REACH. She is co-director of AR BEST (Arkansas Building Effective Services for Trauma), a program designed to build capacity in Arkansas to support children impacted by traumatic events.

Curriculum Vitae


ResearchGate Profile

In Press

Pemberton, J. R., Conners-Burrow, N. A., Sigel, B. A., Stokes, L. D., Sievers, C. M., & Kramer, T. L. (in press). Factors associated with clinician participation in TF-CBT post-workshop training components. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. DOI 10.1007/s10488-015-0677-2

In Review

Mesman, G. R., Harper, S. L., Edge, N. A., Brandt, T. D., Pemberton, J. R., & Kramer, T. L. (2018). Problematic sexual behaviors in children: A state-wide examination of child advocacy centers. Manuscript submitted for publication.

McKelvey, L. M., Fitzgerald, S. K., Conners Edge, N. A., & Whiteside-Mansell, L. (2017, under review). Keeping Our Eyes on the Prize: Focusing on the Parent-Child Relationship Supports Depressed Parents’ Involvement in Home Visiting Services. Maternal and Child Health Journal.


Conners Edge, N.A., Rose, A., Honecutt, D., McKelvey, L. Swindle, T., Courson, D. & Forsman, J.A. (2018, in online first status). Implementation of Arkansas’s Initiative to Reduce Suspension and Expulsion of Young Children. Journal of Early Intervention. https://doi.org/10.1177/1053815118789177 |

Swindle, T., Jarrett, D., McKelvey, L., Whiteside-Mansell, L., Conners Edge., N., & Kraleti, S. (2018). Test of a Conceptual Model to Explain Television Exposure of Head Start Children. Clinical Pediatrics, 57, 970-980 doi.org/10.1177/0009922817738340

McKelvey, L. M., Conners Edge, N. A., Mesman, G. R., Whiteside-Mansell, L., & Bradley, R. H. (2018). Adverse Experiences in Infancy and Toddlerhood: Relations to Adaptive Behavior and Academic Status in Middle Childhood. Child Abuse and Neglect, 82, 168-177. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2018.05.026

Trussell, T.M., Ward, W.L., Conners Edge, N.A, (2018).  The Impact of Maternal Depression on Children: A Call for Maternal Depression Screening.  Clinical Pediatrics, 57(10), 1137-1147. doi.org/10.1177/0009922818769450


Mesman, G., Conners-Burrow, N.A., McKelvey, L.M., Pemberton, J., Holmes, K. (2017).  Effects of Maternal Depression Symptoms and Alcohol Use Problems on Child Internalizing and Externalizing Problems.  Journal of Child and Family Studies, 26, 2485-2494.  DOI 10.1007/s10826-017-0748-y

McKelvey, L. M., Conners Edge, N.A., Fitzgerald, S., Kraleti, S., & Whiteside-Mansell, L., (2017). Adverse Childhood Experiences: Screening and Health in Children from Birth to Age Five. Families, Systems, and Health, 35 (4), 420-429. DOI: 10.1037/fsh0000301

Conners-Burrow, N.A., Patrick, T., Kyzer, A., & McKelvey, L.M. (2017). A Preliminary Evaluation of REACH: Training ‘Hard to Reach’ Early Childhood Teachers to Support Children’s Social and Emotional Development.  Early Childhood Education Journal, 45, 187-199.  doi:10.1007/s10643-016-0781-2


Vanderzee, K. L., John, S., Conners Edge, N., Pemberton, J. R., & Kramer, T. L. (2016). A Preliminary Evaluation of the Mothering Youth with Trauma Experience Program for Substance Abusing Women and their Children. Infant Mental Health Journal 38, 422–433. doi:10.1002/imhj.21639

Vanderzee, K. L., Pemberton, J, Conners-Burrow, N. A., & Kramer, T. L. (2016). Who’s advocating for children under six? Uncovering unmet needs in child advocacy centers. Child and Youth Services Review, 61, 303-310 doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2016.01.003

McKelvey, L. M., Whiteside-Mansell, L., Conners-Burrow, N.A., Swindle, T., & Fitzgerald, S. (2016).  Assessing adverse experiences from infancy through early childhood in home visiting programs. Child Abuse and Neglect, 51, 295-302. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2015.09.008

Conners-Burrow, N., McKelvey, L.M., Perry, D., Whiteside-Mansell, L., Kraleti, S., Mesman, G., Holmes, K., & Kyzer, A. (2016). Low-Level Symptoms of Depression in Mothers of Young Children are Associated with Behavior Problems in Middle Childhood. Maternal Child Health, 20, 516-524. doi:10.1007/s10995-015-1849-0


Perry, D. & Conners-Burrow, N.A. (2015). Addressing Early Adversity Through Mental Health Consultation In Early Childhood Settings.  Family Relations, 65, 24-36.  doi:10.1111/fare.12172

McKelvey, L.M., Conners-Burrow, N., Mesman, G., Pemberton, J., & Casey, P. (2015).  Promoting Adolescent Behavioral Adjustment in Violent Neighborhoods: Supportive Families Can Make a Difference! Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 44(1), 157-168. doi:10.1080/15374416.2014.895939

Conners-Burrow, N McKelvey, L.M., Pemberton, J., Mesman, G., Holmes, K. & Bradley, R.H.  (2015) Buffering the Negative Effects of Maternal Alcohol Problems on Child Behavior.  Journal of Family Psychology, 29, 576-584. doi:10.1037/fam0000121

Kramer, T.L., Sigel, B.A., Conners-Burrow, N., Worley, K.B., Church, J.K. & Helpenstill, K. (2015).  It Takes a State: Best Practices for Children Exposed to Trauma.  Best Practices in Mental Health, 11, 14-23.

Conners-Burrow, N., Swindle, T, McKelvey, L., & Bokony, P.  (2015) A Little Bit of the Blues:  Low-Level Symptoms of Maternal Depression and Classroom Behavior Problems in Preschool Children.  Early Education and Development, 26, 230-244.  doi:10.1080/10409289.2015.979725


Conners-Burrow, N.A., Bokony, P., Whiteside-Mansell, L., Jarrett, D., Kraleti, S., McKelvey, L. & Kyzer, A. (2014).  Low-Level Depressive Symptoms Reduce Maternal Support for Child Cognitive Development. The Journal of Pediatric Healthcare, 28, 404-4112 doi:10.1016/j.pedhc.2013.12.005

Swindle, T., Ward, W. L., Whiteside-Mansell, L., Brathwaite, J., Bokony, P.A., Conners-Burrow, N, & McKelvey, L.M. (2014). Pediatric nutrition: Parenting impacts beyond financial resources. Clinical Pediatrics, 53, 793-795. doi:10.1177/0009922813505904

Kyzer, A. L., Conners-Burrow, N. A., & McKelvey, L.  (2014) Environmental risk factors and custody status in children of substance abusers.  Children & Youth Services Review, 36, 150-154.  doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2013.11.020


Conners-Burrow, N. A., Kramer, T. L., Sigel, B. A., Helpenstill, K. Sievers, C. & McKelvey, L. (2013) Trauma-Informed Care Training in a Child Welfare System: Moving it to the Front Line. Children and Youth Services Review, 35 (11), 1830-1835. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2013.08.013

Fritz, R. M., Tempel, A. B., Sigel, B. A., Conners-Burrow, N. A., Worley, K. B., & Kramer, T. L. (2013). Improving the Dissemination of Evidence-Based Treatments: Facilitators and Barriers to Participating in Case Consultation. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 44(4), 225-230. doi:10.1037/a0033102

Conners-Burrow, N, Kyzer, A., Pemberton, J., McKelvey, L., Whiteside-Mansell, L. & Fulmer, J. (2013).  Child and Family Factors Associated with Teacher-Reported Behavior Problems in Young Children of Substance Abusers.  Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 18(4), 218-224.

Conners-Burrow, N, McKelvey, L., Kyzer, A, Swindle, T., Cheerla, R., Kraleti, S. (2013) Violence Exposure as a Predictor of Internalizing and Externalizing Behavior Problems among Children of Substance Abusers. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 28 (4), 340-350. doi:10.1016/j.pedn.2012.11.006

Sigel, B. A., Kramer, T. L., Conners-Burrow, N. A., Worley, K. B., Church, J. K., & Mitrani, N. (2013) Statewide dissemination of Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Children and Youth Services Review, 35, 1023-1029. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2013.03.012

Conners-Burrow, N.A., McKelvey, L., Sockwell, L., Harman J., Adams, Skye; Whiteside-Mansell, L. (2013) Beginning to ‘Unpack’ Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation:  Types of Consultation Services and their Impact on Teachers.  Infant Mental Health Journal, 34(4), 280-289. doi:10.1002/imhj.21387

Conners-Burrow, N.A., Patrick, T., Steier, A. & Lloyd, E.C. (2013).  A New Focus for Mental Health Consultation:  Increasing Child Care Quality and Stability for Young Children in Foster Care.  Zero to Three, 33(5), 38-44.

McKelvey, L.M., Bokony, P., Johnson, D., Whiteside-Mansell, L., ConnersBurrow, N., &Swindle, T. (2013).  Family Engagement: Establishing a System to Support the Parent-Teacher Partnership.  The Special Issue on Parent Involvement/Engagement in Early Childhood Education for NHSA Dialog: A Research-to-Practice Journal for the Early Intervention Field, 16(1), 171-175.

Whiteside-Mansell, L., Johnson, D., Bokony, P., McKelvey, L., Conners-Burrow, N., & Swindle, T. (2013).  Using the Family Map: Supporting Family Engagement with Parents of Infants and Toddlers.  Special Issue on Parent Involvement and Engagement in Head Start for Dialog: The Research-to-Practice Journal for the Early Childhood Field, 16(1), 20-44.

Conners-Burrow, N.A., Fussell, J., Johnson, D.L., McKelvey, L., Whiteside-Mansell, L., Bokony, P., Kraleti, S. (2013) Maternal Low and High Depressive Symptoms and Safety Concerns for Low Income Preschool Children. Clinical Pediatrics, 52(2), 167-173. doi:10.1177/0009922812473776 

Kramer, T. L., Sigel, B. A., Conners-Burrow, N. A., Savary, P. E., & Tempel, A. B. (2013) A statewide introduction of trauma-informed care in a child welfare system. Children and Youth Services Review, 35, 19-24.  doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2012.10.014

Amini Virmani, E, Masyn, K. E.; Thompson, R. A., Conners-Burrow, N., Whiteside-Mansell, L. (2013) Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation: Promoting Change in the Quality of Teacher-Child Interactions.  Infant Mental Health Journal, 34(2), 156-172. doi:10.1002/imhj.21358

Conners-Burrow, N, McKelvey, L., Pemberton, J.R., Lagory, J., Mesman, G.R. & Whiteside-Mansell, L.  (2013)  Moderators of the Relationship Between Maternal Substance Abuse Symptoms and Preschool Children’s Behavioral Outcomes.  Journal of Child and Family Studies, 22(8), 1120-1129. doi:10.1007/s10826-012-9674-1

Wright, A., Parent, J., Forehand, R., Edwards, M. C., Conners-Burrow, N. A., & Long, N. (2013). The Relation of Parent and Child Gender to Parental Tolerance of Child Disruptive Behaviors.  Journal of Child and Family Studies. 22; 779-785. doi:10.1007/s10826-012-9632-y


McKelvey, L.M., Conners-Burrow, N., Mesman, G.R., Pemberton, J.R., Bradley, R.H., & Fitzgerald, H.E.  (2012). Supportive Fathers Moderate the Effects of Mothers’ Alcohol use on Children’s Externalizing Behavior Problems. Family Science, 3, 189-200. doi:10.1080/19424620.2012.783427.

McKelvey, L.M., Conners-Burrow, N.A., Balamurugan, A., Whiteside-Mansell, L, & Plummer, P. (2012).  The Effects of a Home Visiting Intervention for Adolescent Mothers on Parenting Attitudes and Beliefs. American Journal of Public Health, 102, 1860-1862. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2012.300934

Conners-Burrow, N.A., Whiteside-Mansell, L., McKelvey, L., Amini-Vermani, E., & Sockwell, L. (2012).  Improved Classroom Quality and Child Behavior in an Arkansas Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Pilot Project.   Infant Mental Health Journal, 33(3), 256–264. doi:10.1002/imhj.21335

McKelvey, L.M., Bokony, P.A, Swindle, T., Conners-Burrow, N.A., Schiffman, R.F., & Fitzgerald, H.E. (2012).  Father Teaching Interactions with Toddlers at Risk: Impacts on Child Cognitive Outcomes. Family Science, 2(2), 146-155.  doi:10.1080/19424620.2011.637710.

Conners-Burrow, N.A., Temple, A.B., Sigel, B.A., Church, J.K., Kramer, T.L., & Worley, K.B. (2012). The Development of a Systematic Approach to Mental Health Screening in Child Advocacy Centers.  Children and Youth Services Review, 34(9), 1675-1682. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2012.04.020


Parent, J., Forehand, R., Merchant, M. J., Edwards, M. C., Conners-Burrow, N. A., Long, N., & Jones, D. J. (2011). The relation of harsh and permissive discipline with child disruptive behaviors: In an at-risk sample does child gender make a difference? Journal of Family Violence. 26, 527-533. doi:10.1007/s10896-011-9388-y

Conners-Burrow, N.A., McKelvey, L., & Fussell, J.J. (2011) Social Outcomes Associated With Media Viewing Habits of Low-Income Preschool Children.  Early Education and Development, 22(2), 256–273. doi:10.1080/10409289.2011.550844

McKelvey, L.M., Whiteside-Mansell, L., Bradley, R. H., Casey, P.H., Conners-Burrow, N.A., & Barrett, K. (2011).  Growing up in violent communities: Do family conflict and gender moderate impacts on adolescent’s psychosocial development?  Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 39, 95-107. doi:10.1007/s10802-010-9448-4


Bokony, P., Conners-Burrow, N.A., Johnson, D.L., Whiteside-Mansell, L., McKelvey, L., & Bradley, R.H. (2010) The Family Map:  A Tool for Understanding the Risks for Children in Families with Substance Abuse.  NHSA Dialog:  A Research-to-Practice Journal for the Early Intervention Field, 13(3), 192-197. doi:10.1080/15240754.2010.492362

Conners-Burrow, N.A., Johnson, D.L., Whiteside-Mansell, L., McKelvey, L., Bokony, P., & Bradley, R.H. (2010). Protecting Young Children: Identifying Family Substance Use and Risks in the Home.  NHSA Dialog:  A Research-to-Practice Journal for the Early Intervention Field, 13(3), 168-184. doi:10.1080/15240754.2010.492360

Whiteside-Mansell, L., Johnson, D., Aitken, M. E., Bokony, P. A., Conners-Burrow, N.A, & McKelvey, L. (2010).  Head Start and Unintended Injury:  The Use of the Family Map Interview to Document Risk.  Early Childhood Education Journal, 38, 33-41. doi:10.1007/s10643-010-0380-6


Conners-Burrow, N.A., Johnson, D.L., Whiteside-Mansell, L., McKelvey, L., & Gargus, R.A. (2009).  Adults Matter: Protecting Children from the Negative Impacts of Bullying. Psychology in the Schools, 46, 593-604. doi:10.1002/pits.20400

Conners-Burrow, N.A., Johnson, B., & Whiteside-Mansell, L. (2009) Maternal Substance Abuse and Children’s Exposure to Violence.  Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 24, 360-368. doi:10.1016/j.pedn.2008.03.006


Whiteside-Mansell, L., Bradley, R. H., Casey P. H., Fussell, J. J., & Conners-Burrow, N. A.  (2008). Triple Risk:  Do Difficult Temperament and Family Conflict Increase the Likelihood of Behavioral Maladjustment in Children Born Low-birthweight and Preterm?  Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 10, 1-10. doi:10.1093/jpepsy/jsn089


Whiteside-Mansell, L., Bradley, R. H., Conners, N. A., & Bokony, P. A. (2007).  The Family Map: Structured interview to identify risks and strengths in head start families. NHSA Dialog: A Research-to-Practice Journal for the Early Intervention Field, 10, 189-209. doi:10.1080/15240750701742239

Conners, N.A., Edwards, M., & Grant, A.S. (2007) An Evaluation of a Parenting Class Curriculum for Parents of Young Children:  Parenting the Strong-Willed Child. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 16(3), 321-330. doi:10.1007/s10826-006-9088-z

Conners, N.A., Tripathi, S.P., Clubb, R., & Bradley, R.H. (2007). Maternal Characteristics Associated with Television Viewing Habits of Low-Income Preschool Children.  Journal of Child and Family Studies, 16(3), 415-425. doi:10.1007/s10826-006-9095-0


Conners, N.A., Grant, A.S., Crone, C.C. & Whiteside-Mansell, L. (2006) Substance Abuse Treatment for Mothers:  Treatment Outcomes and Impact of Length of Stay.  Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 31(4), 447-456. doi:10.1016/j.jsat.2006.06.001

Conners, N.A, Whiteside-Mansell, L., Sherman, A.C. (2006).  Dimensions of Religious Involvement and Mental Health Outcomes among Alcohol and Drug-Addicted Women.  Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 24(1-2), 89-108. doi:10.1300/j020v24n01_06

Conners, N.A, Whiteside-Mansell, L., Sherman, A.C. (2006).  Dimensions of Religious Involvement and Mental Health Outcomes among Alcohol and Drug-Addicted Women.  In B. Benda & T. F. McGovern (Eds); Spirituality and Religiousness and Alcohol/Other Drug Problems: Treatment and Recovery Perspectives. p. 89-108. The Haworth Press Inc., Binghamton, NY.

Conners, N. A., Whiteside-Mansell, L., Deere, D., Ledet, T. & Edwards, M. C. (2006) Measuring the Potential for Child Maltreatment: The Reliability and Validity of the Adult Adolescent Parenting Inventory – 2. Child Abuse and Neglect: The International Journal, 30(1), 39-53. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2005.08.011 


Worley, L. M., Conners, N.A., Crone, C.C., Williams, V.L., & Bokony, P. (2005).  Building a Residential Treatment Program for Dually Diagnosed Women with their Children.  Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 8(2), 105 -111. doi:10.1007/s00737-005-0083-y

Robles, E., Crone, C.C., Whiteside-Mansell, L., Conners, N.A., Bokony, P.A., Worley, L.L., McMillan, D.E. (2005) Voucher-Based Incentives for Cigarette Smoking Reduction in a Women’s Residential Treatment Program.  Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 7(1), 111-117. doi:10.1080/14622200412331328448


Conners, N. A., Bokony, P. A., Whiteside-Mansell, L., Bradley, R.H., & Liu, J.Y. (2004).  Addressing the needs of children impacted by maternal addiction.  Evaluation and Program Planning, 27(2), 241-247. doi:10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2004.01.014


Conners, N. A., Bradley, R.H., Whiteside-Mansell, L, Liu, J.Y, Roberts, T.J., Burgdorf, K., & Herrell, J.M.  (2003). Children of mothers with serious substance abuse problems: An accumulation of risk.  American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 29(4), 743-758. doi:10.1081/ada-120026258

Edwards, M. C., Whiteside-Mansell, L., Conners, N. A., Deere, D. (2003).  The Unidimensionality and Reliability of the Preschool and Kindergarten Behavior Scales. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 21(1), 16-31. doi:10.1177/073428290302100102

Conners, N.A., Bradley, R.H., Crone, C.C., & Whiteside-Mansell, L. (2003) Looking for Common Ground — The Use of Information on Client Satisfaction to Make Improvements in Services for Women and Children. In Lessons Learned: Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for Women and their Children. DHHS Publication No. (SMA) 03-3787.  Rockville, MD: Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.


Lawson, L., Conners, N.A., & Crone, C.C. (2001).  Changing the Child Abuse Potential of Substance Abusing Pregnant and Parenting Women.  Journal of Addiction Nursing, 13, 137-142. doi:10.3109/10884600109052648

Conners, N.A., Bradley, R.H., Whiteside-Mansell, L. & Crone, C.C., (2001).  A comprehensive substance abuse treatment program for women and their children: An Initial Evaluation.  Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. 21, 67-75. doi:10.1016/S0740-5472(01)00186-6


Conners, N.A. & Franklin, K.K. (2000).  Using Focus Groups to Evaluate Client Satisfaction in an Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program.  Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 18(4), 313-320. doi:10.1016/s0740-5472(99)00083-5


Whiteside-Mansell, L., Crone, C.C., Conners, N.A. (1999). The Development and Evaluation of an Alcohol and Drug Prevention and Treatment Program for Women and Children.  Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 16(3), 265-275. doi:10.1016/s0740-5472(98)00049-x


Whiteside-Mansell, L., Conners, N.A., (1997).  Evaluation of the Teaching Enhancements Affecting Minority Students (TEAMS) Program.  Research In The Schools, 4, 9-16.

Franklin, K.K., Boggs, K.J., Conners, N.A., Crum, C.B., Nawarat, P., Ramirez, C.T., & Trawick, K.C.  (1997). Defining Institutional Effectiveness for a Metropolitan University.  (Report No. HE 030 940).  Washington, D.C.: Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) Clearinghouse on Higher Education.  (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED 416 747).