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Ellen Lockard Edens, MD, MPE

Associate Professor of Psychiatry

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Ellen Lockard Edens, MD, MPE

Mailing Address

  • Psychiatry

    950 Campbell Avenue, Mailstop 116A

    West Haven, CT 06516

    United States



Ellen Edens is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine. In 2002, Ellen received her MD from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and subsequently completed residency training in psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis. In 2007, she earned a Master degree in Psychiatric Epidemiology (MPE), studying gender differences in a longitudinal sample of individuals with DSM-III alcohol dependence who were first identified in the landmark psychiatric epidemiology study, the Epidemiologic Catchment Area study (ECA). In 2009, she completed advanced training in Addiction Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine followed by a VA-funded addiction psychiatry clinical/research fellowship. Ellen joined Yale faculty in 2011.

Ellen Edens is also the Associate Director of the Addiction Psychiatry Residency at Yale, an ACGME-accredited program, where she oversees the program’s didactic curriculum and clinical supervision. Additionally, she is Co-Director of the VA Interprofessional Advanced Fellowship in Addiction Treatment and the VA Health Professions Education Evaluation and Research Fellowship in West Haven, CT.

Clinically, Ellen serves as Lead Consultant for Substance-related and Addictive Disorders (SRAD) at the VA National Expert Consultation and Specialized Services - Mental Health Center and Co-Director of the Opioid Reassessment Clinic, a primary-care based clinic designed to assess and treatment patients with issues around opioid safety, efficacy and misuse. Her research interests include the development and dissemination of SRAD education, implementation methods to expand access to treatment for SRADs, and the interface between chronic pain and opioid use disorders. Along with eight other Yale faculty from 4 programs, Ellen helped create the massive open online course titled, 'Addiction Treatment: Clinical Skills for Healthcare Providers.' ;

Education & Training

  • VA MIRECC Fellow
    VA Connecticut Healthcare System (2011)
  • Advanced Resident
    Yale School of Medicine (2009)
  • NIMH T32 Research Fellow in Psychiatric Epidemiology and Biostatistics
    Washington University in St. Louis (2008)
  • MPE
    Washington University in St. Louis, Psychiatric Epidemiology (2007)
  • Resident
    Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis (2006)
  • MD
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2002)
  • MA
    Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Women's Studies (2000)
  • BA
    Baylor University, University Scholar (1996)


  • Board Certification
    AB of Psychiatry & Neurology, Addiction Psychiatry (2010)
  • Board Certification
    AB of Psychiatry & Neurology, Psychiatry (2007)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
John Nelson Chappel Best Curricula, Quality Improvement and Program Abstract WinnerAMERSA: Interdisciplinary Leaders is Substance Use Education, Research, Care, and Policy2020
Innovation in Education Poster Winner, Yale Medical Education Day for ‘The Addiction Mini-Residency: an interprofessional staff workshop’Yale School of Medicine, Teaching and Learning Center2019
Selected curriculum for online course development, ‘Addiction Treatment: Clinical Skills for Healthcare Providers’Yale-Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning2018
Stephen Fleck Award, awarded to a faculty member who demonstrates the highest standards of a clinician and educatorDepartment of Psychiatry2015
Honorable Mention, Clinical Innovations in Psychiatry for proposal entitled, “Reconceptualizing Chronic Pain Care: VA CT’s Integrated Pain and Opioid Reassessment Clinics.”Department of Psychiatry2014
Medical Education FellowshipYale School of Medicine2012
Model Curriculum AwardAADPRT Model Curriculum Committee2010
The Eli Robins Award for Excellence in Clinical Psychiatry, Teaching and ResearchWashington University in St. Louis, Department of Psychiatry2006
NIH Loan Repayment RecipientNational Institute of Health2005
APA Leadership FellowshipAmerican Psychiatric Association2004
Summer Institute for Medical StudentsHazeldon-Betty Ford Foundation2001
Phi Beta KappaBaylor University1996

Professional Service

Veteran Affairs Office of Academic AffairsReviewed applications to become Coordinating Center of the VA Health Professions Education Evaluation and Research Fellowship Sites2020
VA HSR&D State of the Art (SOTA) conference, “Effective Opioid Prescribing for Pain and Addiction.”Member of the Planning Committee to help shape agenda for HSR&D.2019
SAMHSA State Targeted Response-Technical Assistance (STR-TA) Opioid Response NetworkConsultant2018 - Present
Providers’ Clinical Support System for Medication Assisted Treatment (PCSS-MAT)Mentor2016 - Present
Scientific Program Committee, American Academy of Addiction PsychiatryCommittee Member2014 - Present
Drug and Alcohol Dependence, JAMA, Pain Medicine, American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Journal of General Internal Medicine, Academic Psychiatry, American Journal on Addictions, Journal of Addiction Medicine, Substance Abuse journalReviewer2012 - Present
American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, Education CommitteeAssistant Chairperson2010 - Present

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