Background and Training
After graduating from Kansas Newman College (now, called Newman University, in Wichita, KS) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Business Administration, I obtained a master’s degree in clinical psychology from The Wichita State University. After working for a rural community mental health center in Western Kansas, I moved to Kentucky. In January 1989, I entered the doctoral program in clinical psychology at Spalding University in Louisville and worked in community mental health and at a child guidance clinic, which was a part of the training program in child psychiatry at the University of Louisville Department of Brain Sciences. In July 1993, I began my pre-doctoral internship at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. In September 1994, I began my post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Louisville Hospitals in Pediatric/Clinical Child Psychology.
Kentucky Licensed Psychologist (clinical, Child & Adolescent) Health Service Provider #128130
Indiana Licensed Psychologist (clinical, Child & Adolescent) Health Service Provider #20041058A
Florida Telehealth Registrant #514
National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology #43754
- In-patient staff therapist (1986-88), High Plains Community Mental Center, Hays, Kansas.
- Out-patient staff therapist (1988-90), LifeSpring Community Mental Center, Jeffersonville, Indiana.
- Bingham Child Guidance Center (1990-1993), University of Louisville Dept. of Child Psychiatry, Louisville, KY.
- Staff Psychologist (Director of the Psychological Assessment Service, 1995-2001), part-time 20 hrs/week – Bingham Child Guidance Center (1990-1993), University of Louisville Dept. of Child Psychiatry, Louisville, KY.
- Staff Psychologist – Research Evaluation Adaption Change and Health (REACH) of Louisville, part-time 20 hours/week.
- Private Practice (part-time 1995-2005, full-time 2005-present)
- Instructor, Bellarmine University 5 semesters (1996, taught General Psychology, 101.
- Guest Lecturer, University of Louisville Department of Psychology, Bingham Child Guidance Center, Bellarmine University Department of Psychology.
- Presentations at the Kentucky Psychological Association Fall Convention & Governor’s Mental Health Conference
- Practicum Supervisor for therapy and assessment practicum students – Spalding University and University of Louisville.
- Oral Examiner for the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology, 2003-present
- Invited speaker for parenting groups on pediatric anxiety disorders, parenting, and psychological assessment
Outside of Work
I am enjoy spending time with my family, checking out new restaurants, spending quality time with friends, watching U of L games, cycling, skiing, hiking, traveling and photography.
- American Psychological Association, Member
- Division of Clinical Psychology (Div. 53), Member
- National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, #43754
- Kentucky Psychological Association (KPA)
- Co-chair of the Ethics Committee
- Incoming President, President and past president
- Co-chair of the Continuing Education Committee
- Co-chair of the KPA-Political Action Committee
Dr. Edwards received the Telepsychology Competencies Credential (TCC) on 4-26-22
Understanding TCC – what it means for your healthcare
The impacts of the global pandemic on mental health beginning in 2020 and the mechanisms through which psychologists delivered care to patients cannot be overstated. As the public health emergency unfolded, psychologists were thrust into a public health context in which telepsychology care was a core – and in some cases only – method for service delivery. Psychologists adapted quickly and met the challenges as they transitioned to providing care online.
Telepsychology now enters a new chapter. As more psychologists and patients receive vaccinations, in-person care reemerges as a viable option for some. But telepsychology will remain an important part of practice. Now more than ever, psychologists are making thoughtful choices regarding the role of technology and will offer options for service delivery.
The Telepsychology Competencies Credential – is an educational platform developed by The American Insurance Company Trust (The Trust) and the National Register of Health Service Psychologists that enables providers to achieve proficiency in the most common elements of telepsychological practice (from the basics of secure, HIPAA compliant internet usage to advanced topics on telepsychological service provision to high risk and other special populations).
The Telepsychology Competencies Credential (TCC) was designed to equip those who engage in telepsychological practice with a necessary foundation for safe and effective practice. The TCC is also designed to supplement knowledge for more experienced providers. Dr. Edwards completed the TCC coursework and passed the appropriate exams to earn this credential.