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Informatics Research Seminar: State of the Biopsychosocial Union – Sickle Cell Disease

April 1 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Speaker: Christopher Edwards, PhD, BCB, IABMCP

Presented from NCCU

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Dr. Edwards will review 20 years of research from his laboratory and describe the current state of Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) research. SCD is the most common genetic disorder of blood characterized by frequent and debilitating acute pain crises and chronic persistent pain. There is increased research interest into the interaction between biological, cognitive, and affective factors influencing onset, maintenance and resolution of chronic pains associated with SCD. Dr. Edwards is presenting “part 2” to the NCCU presentation by his colleague Dr. John Sollers in November, 2019 that introduced the Bio-Psych-Social Model.


Christopher L. Edwards, Ph.D., BCB, IABMCP is a Clinical Psychologist and Research Psychoneuroendocrinologist who retired from Duke University Medical Center in February 2018 and joined NCCU shortly thereafter. In the departments of Psychiatry and Medicine, Dr. Edwards was the Medical Director of the Biofeedback Laboratory, and Director of the Chronic Pain Management Program at Duke University Medical Center. He has spent almost more than two decades studying the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of chronic disorders where pain is a primary symptom, and factors that influence health outcomes among Black and other minority populations.

Dr. Edwards has published more than 300 peer-reviewed articles book chapters and other contributions to science, and has given more 500 national and international professional presentations. He received a lifetime achievement award for his contributions to understanding biopsychosocial factors associated with Sickle Cell Disease. He is the recipient of many other awards and accolades at the local, national and international levels. He is often interviewed and quoted in reputable non-scientific publications like the Wall Street Journal as well as local and national new publications and television.

Over the past twenty years, Dr. Edwards has held concurrent faculty positions in the Department of Psychiatry, Division of Medical Psychology and Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology at Duke University Medical Center. He also maintained an appointment in the Durham Veterans Hospital, the Duke Pain and Palliative Care Center, and served as training faculty member in the Duke Residency Training Program, the Clinical Psychology Internship Program, and the Duke University’s graduate program in clinical psychology. He also held academic appointments as adjunct faculty at North Carolina Central University, North Carolina A&T State University, and North Carolina State University to name a few, and was most noted for his multidisciplinary approach to science, clinical practice, and educating the next generation of professional.



April 1
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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