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Ellen Edens, MD, MA

Associate Professor of Psychiatry; Associate Fellowship Director, Addiction Psychiatry

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Ellen Edens, MD, MA

Mailing Address

  • Psychiatry

    950 Campbell Avenue, Mailstop 116A

    West Haven, CT, 06516

    United States



Dr. Edens is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine. In 2002, Dr. Edens received her MD from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and subsequently completed residency training in psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis. In 2009, she completed advanced training in Addiction Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine followed by a VA-funded addiction psychiatry clinical/research fellowship. She joined the faculty in 2011.

Dr. 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 and serves as co-director of the VA Interprofessional Advanced Fellowship in Addiction Treatment.

Her clinical and research interests dovetail in the areas of co-occurring addiction and chronic pain and expansion of access to evidence-based treatments for addiction, particularly opioid and alcohol use disorders. She is the clinical co-director of the VA Opioid Reassessment Clinic, a clinic designed to assess the safety, efficacy, and misuse of opioids by Veterans treated with prescription opioids for chronic pain. Additionally, she is actively working on developing and disseminating interprofessional educational material on the topic of addiction screening, diagnosis, and initiation of treatment.

Education & Training

  • MPE
    Washington University in St. Louis, Psychiatric Epidemiology (2007)
  • MD
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2002)
  • MA
    Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Women's Studies (2000)

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