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.