Professional Bio

Education

  • Ph.D., Human Development and Family Studies, University of Connecticut, 2014
  • MS, Family Studies and Human Services, Kansas State University, 2007
  • BA, Psychology, University of Arizona, 2005
  • BS, Psychology, Family Studies and Human Development , 2005

As a faculty mentor, my hope is to provide a safe but challenging space where students can absorb course content and reflect on how their own experiences and cultural identities will influence the work they do as clinicians, supervisors and scholars. With each class I teach, I am witness to the transformative process of becoming an Marriage and Family Therapy which keeps me passionate about the work I do as a clinical faculty member. Personally, the ways that I care for myself include spending time with my wonderful family, working outside in my garden and being in and around water whenever possible.

Before joining Regis University as an Assistant Professor, I worked as a Research Faculty Member in the School of Marriage and Family Sciences at Northcentral University where I trained Master’s and Doctoral Marriage and Family Therapy students. In addition, I have worked as an Affiliate Faculty Member at Regis University and the MFT Core Faculty Intern at Antioch University New England. I have also served as the Editorial Assistant for Family Relations and conducted research as the Research Program Director at the Gender Identity Center of Colorado. My educational background includes a BA in Psychology from the University of Arizona, a BS in Family Studies and Human Development from the University of Arizona, an MS in Family Studies and Human Services from Kansas State University and a PhD in Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Connecticut.

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Certifications & Expertise

Practice Licensure

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • My clinical specialty is working with clients who identify within Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Gender Non-Conforming (LGBT) communities. Specifically, I have experience working with same-sex couples, supporting transgender clients through the process of transition and working with youth and their families on issues of gender identity.

Professional Memberships

  • Colorado Counseling Association, New Professional Affiliate 2014 – present
  • American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy, Clinical Fellow 2005 – present
  • National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), Student/ New Professional 2005 – present

Research & Scholarship

Research Interests

Substantive: Research interests of mine include better understanding the effects of gender socialization on couple’s experiences of emotional intimacy, studying the effectiveness of clinicians working with sexual and gender minority clients, and exploring the effects of discrimination on those identifying in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Gender Non-Conforming (LGBT) communities. Most recently, I have become especially interested in family adaptive systems within sexual and gender minority communities. This includes resiliencies during, and resulting growth following, disclosures of minority gender identities and sexual orientations.

Methodological: I am interested in mediation and moderation effects as well as the development of measurement scales using exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis.

Recent Publications

Huff, S.C., Anderson, S. R., & Edwards, L. L. (2014) Training marriage and family therapists in formal assessment: Contributions to students’ familiarity, attitude, and confidence. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 25, 200-315. doi : 10.1080/08975353.2014.977673

Edwards, L. L., Robertson, J.A., Smith, P. M., & O’Brien, N. B. (2014). Marriage and family training programs and their integration of lesbian, gay, and bisexual identities. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 26, 1–25. doi: 10.1080/08952833.2014.872955

Bordoloi, S.D, O’Brien, N.B., Edwards, L. L., & Preli, R. (2013). Creating an inclusive and thriving profession: Why the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) needs to advocate for same-sex marriage. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 25, 41-55. doi: 10.1080/08952833.2013.755082

Brown, E., Birditt, K.S., Huff, S.C., & Edwards, L. L (2012). Marital dissolution and psychological well -being: Race and gender differences in the moderating role of marital relationship quality. Research in Human Development, 9, 145-164. doi: 10.1080/15427609.2012.681202

Recent Presentations

Edwards, L. L. & Hanley, S. M. (November, 2015) Predictors of Suicide Risk in Transgender/Gender-Nonconforming Clinical Sample. Paper presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Vancouver, Canada.

Edwards, L. L. (November, 2014) Intersection of Emotional Intimacy and Traditional Masculine Gender Ideology. Paper at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Baltimore. *Awarded Family Therapy Section Best Research Paper by a New Professional

Edwards, L. L. (September, 2014). Healing in Context: Working with LGBTQ Survivors, Workshop presented at Souring to New Heights Conference Focused on Healing for Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse, Denver.

Shotts, S. Elliott, L., Gerber, C., Pumphrey, C., Roy, P., & Edwards, L. L. (September, 2014). When Abuse is in the Family: Critical Considerations for Adult Survivors, Moderator for Keynote presented at Souring to New Heights Conference Focused on Healing for Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse, Denver.

Edwards, L. L. & Neumann (February, 2014). Ecological Model of Suicide Protective and Risk Factors in Gender Minority Adults, Workshop presented at Colorado Gold Rush Conference, Denver.

Edwards, L. L. (November, 2013) Development of the Partner Expectations of Self-Disclosure (PESD) Measure. Paper presented at National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, San Antonio.

Johnson, S. K., & Edwards, L. L. (November, 2013) Navigating the publication process: Observations from two editorial assistants. Workshop presented at National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, San Antonio.

Edwards, L. L., & Johnson, S. K. (October, 2012) Navigating the publication process: Observations from two editorial assistants. Workshop presented at National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Phoenix.

Edwards, L. L., Robinson, J., Smith, P., & O’Brien, N. (October, 2012) MFT training in sexual minority issues: A core faculty perspective. Paper presented at National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Phoenix. *Awarded Family Therapy Section Best Research Paper by a Student

Edwards, L. L., Robinson, J., Smith, P., & O’Brien, N. (September, 2012) Sexual Orientation in MFT Training According to Core Faculty. Poster presented at American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference, Charlotte.

Awards & Recognition

Recognition

  • Family Therapy Section Outstanding Paper Award by a New Professional ($250), 2014
  • “Emotional Intimacy and its Intersection with Traditional Masculine Gender Ideology” Advanced Doctoral Summer Fellowship ($1,614), 2013
  • Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship ($2,000) 2013
  • Family Therapy Section Outstanding Paper Award by a Student ($250) 2012
  • “MFT training in sexual minority issues: A core faculty perspective” Graduate School Pre-doctoral Fellowship in Family Studies ($2347), 2012

Community Involvement & Service

Service to Profession

  • Nominations Committee: National Council on Family Relations, Family Therapy Section, 2015 – present
  • S/NP Representative: National Council on Family Relations, Family Therapy Section, 2012 – 2014
  • Conference Proposal Reviewer: NCFR - Family Therapy Section, 2012 – 2014
  • Committee Member, Soaring to New Heights Conference WINGS Foundation, 2014 – present
  • Ad Hoc Intern Reviewer: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 2007 – present