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Ellen Lockard Edens

Associate Professor of Psychiatry; Co-Director, VA Interprofessional Advanced Fellowship in Addiction Treatment, Psychiatry; Co-Director, Opioid Reassessment Clinic, Primary Care; Director, Substance Use Disorders Teleconsultation Program, National Telemental Health Center; Opioid Use Disorder Simulation Subject Matter Expert, Psychiatry; Co-Director, VISN1 (Northeast U.S.) Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) Mental Health Clinic, Psychiatry; Co-Director, VISN1 (Northeast U.S.) Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) Buprenorphine Clinic, Psychiatry; VISN1 (Northeast U.S.) Substance Use Disorder Champion, Stepped Care for Opioid Use Disorder Train the Trainer National Implementation Project, Psychiatry; Associate Fellowship Director, Addiction Psychiatry, Psychiatry

Contact Information

Ellen Lockard Edens, MD, MA, 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 in West Haven, CT.

Clinically, Ellen serves as Lead Consultant for Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) at the VA National Telemental Health Consultation 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 SUD education, implementation methods to expand access to treatment for SUDs, and the interface between chronic pain and opioid use disorders. Along with seven other Yale faculty from 4 programs, Ellen helped create the massive open online course titled, 'Addiction Treatment: Clinical Skills for Healthcare Professionals.'

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)
  • BA
    Baylor University, University Scholar (1996)
  • Advanced Resident, Addiction Psychiatry
    Yale School of Medicine
  • NIMH T32 Research Fellow in Psychiatric Epidemiology and Biostatistics
    Washington University in St. Louis
  • Resident
    Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
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
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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