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 an instructor, my hope is to provide a safe but challenging space where students can absorb course content and reflect on how their own experiences and sociopolitical 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 a Marriage and Family Therapist and this keeps me passionate about the work I do as a faculty member.

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 level 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. 

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Certifications and 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.

Certification

  • Approved Supervisor, American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT)

Professional Memberships

  • Groves Member, 2016 – present
  • American Family Therapy Academy, Member, 2016-present
  • 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 and 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 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, the disclosure of a minority gender identity and sexual orientation.

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

Edwards, L. L. (2017). Gender orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. In J. Carlson & S.B. Dermer (Eds.), The SAGE encyclopedia of marriage, family, and couples counseling (723-724). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications. doi: 10.4135/9781483369532.n220

Edwards, L. L. (2017). Transgender families. In J. Carlson & S.B. Dermer (Eds.), The SAGE encyclopedia of marriage, family, and couples counseling (1716-1718). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications. doi: 10.4135/9781483369532.n515

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. & Goodwin, A. (September, 2016) Eco model-suicide protective and risk factors in trans-adults. Workshop presented at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference, Indianapolis.

Benson, K., Addison, S., Edwards, L. L., Hartwell, E. & Heiden-Rootes, & K. (September, 2016) Cutting edge LGBTQ research and practice: Informed therapy. Workshop presented at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference, Indianapolis.

Edwards, L. L. & Goodwin, A. (August, 2016) Affirming clinical work with clients who identify within the transgender and gender non-conforming community. Roundtable presented at the Groves Conference, Denver.

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 and Recognition

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

Community Involvement and Service

Service to Profession

  • Associate Editorial Board for Journal of Family Psychotherapy, Emerging Professionals Section, 2016 – present
  • Ad Hoc Intern Reviewer for Family Relations, 2016 – present
  • Ad Hoc Intern Reviewer for Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 2007 – present
  • Research Director for The Gender Identity Center of Colorado, 2013 – present
  • 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
  • Committee Member, Clinical Advisory Committee for WINGS Foundation, 2014 – 2016