Christopher L. Edwards, PhD


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Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience
Associate Professor in Medicine
Medical Director, Biofeedback Laboratory and Pediatric Neuropsychology Service
Department / Division:
Psychiatry / Behavioral Medicine
932 Morreene Road, Room 170
Durham, NC 27705
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  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Kentucky, 1997
  • Endocrinology and Psychiatry, Duke University Medical Center, 1997-1999
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Clinical Interests:
Evaluation and treatment of disorders in which chronic pain is a significant symptom; psychosocial and mental treatment in the context of racial and cultural diversity
Research Interests:
Dr. Edwards is interested in 2 primary areas: Pain and Psychoneuroendocrinology. As it relates to pain, Dr. Edwards is interested in the multiple psychosocial factors including race/ ethnicity and coping that influence the manifestation and experiences of pain. In terms of psychoneuroendocrinology, he is very interested in the dynamic interaction between activity in the nervous system and hormonal system and behavior. Consistent with these interests, Dr. Edwards is currently studying race/ ethnic influences on pain associated with osteoarthritis as well as psychosocial factors that influence pain associated with Sickle Cell Disease. Additionally, he is studying the impact of new drugs for pain and Alzheimer's Disease on racial/ ethnic populations and a new couples and telephone-based intervention for African American men with prostate cancer.
Representative Publications:
  • Gibson, RC; Morgan, KA; Abel, WD; Sewell, CA; Martin, JS; Lowe, GA; Haye, WDEL; Edwards, CL; O'Garo, KN; Reid, ME; Asnani, MR. Locus of control, depression and quality of life among persons with sickle cell disease in Jamaica. Psychology, Health & Medicine. 2013;18:451-460.  Abstract
  • Aiken-Morgan, AT; Bichsel, J; Allaire, JC; Savla, J; Edwards, CL; Whitfield, KE. Personality as a Source of Individual Differences in Cognition among Older African Americans. Journal of Research in Personality. 2012;46:465-471.  Abstract
  • Schmechel, DE; Edwards, CL. Fibromyalgia, mood disorders, and intense creative energy: A1AT polymorphisms are not always silent. NeuroToxicology. 2012;33:1454-1472.  Abstract
  • Bruce, MA; Beech, BM; Edwards, CL; Sims, M; Scarinci, I; Whitfield, KE; Gilbert, K; Crook, ED. Weight status and high blood pressure among low-income African American men. American Journal of Men's Health. 2011;5:255-260.  Abstract
  • Byrd, GS; Edwards, CL; Kelkar, VA; Phillips, RG; Byrd, JR; Pim Pong, DS; Starks, TD; Taylor, AL; Mckinley, RE; Li, YJ; Pericak Vance, M. Recruiting intergenerational African American males for biomedical research Studies: a major research challenge. Journal of the National Medical Association. 2011;103:480-487.  Abstract
  • Feliu, MH; Crawford, RD; Edwards, L; Wellington, C; Wood, M; Whitfield, KE; Edwards, CL. Neurocognitive testing and functioning in adults sickle cell disease. Hemoglobin (Informa). 2011;35:476-484.  Abstract
  • Feliu, MH; Wellington, C; Crawford, RD; Wood, M; Edwards, L; Byrd, G; Edwards, CL. Opioid management and dependency among adult patients with sickle cell disease. Hemoglobin (Informa). 2011;35:485-494.  Abstract
  • Jonassaint, CR; Siegler, IC; Barefoot, JC; Edwards, CL; Williams, RB. Low life course socioeconomic status (SES) is associated with negative NEO PI-R personality patterns. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine. 2011;18:13-21.  Abstract
  • Mechlin, B; Heymen, S; Edwards, CL; Girdler, SS. Ethnic differences in cardiovascular-somatosensory interactions and in the central processing of noxious stimuli. Psychophysiology. 2011;48:762-773.  Abstract
  • Edwards, LY; Edwards, CL. Psychosocial treatments in pain management of sickle cell disease. Journal of the National Medical Association. 2010;102:1084-1094.  Abstract
  • Feliu, MH; Edwards, CL. Psychologic factors in the development of complex regional pain syndrome: history, myth, and evidence. Clinical Journal of Pain. 2010;26:258-263.  Abstract
  • Stanton, MV; Jonassaint, CR; Bartholomew, FB; Edwards, C; Richman, L; DeCastro, L; Williams, R. The association of optimism and perceived discrimination with health care utilization in adults with sickle cell disease. Journal of the National Medical Association. 2010;102:1056-1063.  Abstract
  • Wellington, C; Edwards, CL; McNeil, J; Wood, M; Crisp, B; Feliu, M; Byrd, G; McDougald, C; Edwards, L; Whitfield, KE. Somatization in the conceptualization of sickle cell disease. Journal of the National Medical Association. 2010;102:1079-1083.  Abstract
  • Collins-McNeil, JC; Holston, EC; Edwards, CL; Benbow, D; Ford, Y. Physical activity, depressive symptoms, and social support among African-American women with type 2 diabetes. The Canadian journal of nursing research = Revue canadienne de recherche en sciences infirmieres. 2009;41:24-43.  Abstract
  • Edwards, CL; Green, M; Wellington, CC; Muhammad, M; Wood, M; Feliu, M; Edwards, L; Hill, L; Sollers, JJ; Barksdale, C; Robinson, EL; McDougald, CS; Abrams, M; Whitfield, KE; Byrd, G; Hubbard, B; Cola, M; DeCastro, L; McNeil, J. Depression, suicidal ideation, and attempts in black patients with sickle cell disease. Journal of the National Medical Association. 2009;101:1090-1095.  Abstract
  • Sims, RC; Allaire, JC; Gamaldo, AA; Edwards, CL; Whitfield, KE. An examination of dedifferentiation in cognition among African-American older adults. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology. 2009;24:193-208.  Abstract
  • Whitfield, KE; Kiddoe, J; Gamaldo, A; Andel, R; Edwards, CL. Concordance rates for cognitive impairment among older African American twins. Alzheimer's & Dementia. 2009;5:276-279.  Abstract
  • Edwards, CL; Bennett, GG; Wolin, KY; Johnson, S; Fowler, S; Whitfield, KE; Askew, S; MacKinnon, D; McDougald, C; Hubbard, R; Wellington, C; Feliu, M; Robinson, E. Misestimation of peer tobacco use: understanding disparities in tobacco use. Journal of the National Medical Association. 2008;100:299-302.  Abstract
  • Whitfield, KE; Allaire, JC; Belue, R; Edwards, CL. Are comparisons the answer to understanding behavioral aspects of aging in racial and ethnic groups?. Journals of Gerontology: Series B. 2008;63:P301-P308.  Abstract
  • Whitfield, KE; Allaire, JC; Gamaldo, A; Aiken-Morgan, AT; Sims, R; Edwards, C. Blood pressure and memory in older African Americans. Ethnicity & disease. 2008;18:181-186.  Abstract
  • Whitfield, KE; Edwards, CL; Brandon, D; McDougald, C. Genetic and environmental influences on depressive symptoms by age and gender in African American twins. Aging & Mental Health. 2008;12:221-227.  Abstract
  • Campbell, LC; Keefe, FJ; Scipio, C; McKee, DC; Edwards, CL; Herman, SH; Johnson, LE; Colvin, OM; McBride, CM; Donatucci, C. Facilitating research participation and improving quality of life for African American prostate cancer survivors and their intimate partners. A pilot study of telephone-based coping skills training. Cancer. 2007;109:414-424.  Abstract
  • Edwards, CL; Rogers, L. Literacy as the foundation of patient responsibility. The Journal of Pain. 2007;8:824-825.  Abstract
  • Pells, J; Edwards, CL; McDougald, CS; Wood, M; Barksdale, C; Jonassaint, J; Leach-Beale, B; Byrd, G; Mathis, M; Harrison, MO; Feliu, M; Edwards, LY; Whitfield, KE; Rogers, L. Fear of movement (kinesiophobia), pain, and psychopathology in patients with sickle cell disease. Clinical Journal of Pain. 2007;23:707-713.  Abstract
  • Edwards, C; Whitfield, K; Sudhakar, S; Pearce, M; Byrd, G; Wood, M; Feliu, M; Leach-Beale, B; DeCastro, L; Whitworth, E; Abrams, M; Jonassaint, J; Harrison, MO; Mathis, M; Scott, L; Johnson, S; Durant, L; Holmes, A; Presnell, K; Bennett, G; Shelby, R; Robinson, E. Parental substance abuse, reports of chronic pain and coping in adult patients with sickle cell disease. Journal of the National Medical Association. 2006;98:420-428.  Abstract
  • Edwards, CL; Primm, A; Johnson, S; Feliu, M; O'Garo, K; Bennett, GG; Robinson, E; McDougald, C; Byrd, G; Harrison, O; Whitfield, K; Killough, AL. Reconsideration of the training of psychiatrists and mental health professionals: helping to make soup. Journal of the National Medical Association. 2006;98:1498-1500.  Abstract
  • Wang, Y; Chen, J; Wang, K; Edwards, CL. Education as an important risk factor for the prevalence of hypertension and elevated blood pressure in Chinese men and women. Journal of Human Hypertension. 2006;20:898-900.  Abstract
  • Bennett, GG; Wolin, KY; Robinson, EL; Fowler, S; Edwards, CL. Perceived racial/ethnic harassment and tobacco use among African American young adults. American journal of public health. 2005;95:238-240.  Abstract
  • Edwards, CL; Johnson, S; Goli, V; Byrd, G. Extending the science beyond medication: in response to "Treatment of chronic pain in persons with dementia: an overview" by Robert N. Rubey, MD, MA. American journal of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. 2005;20:139-140.  Abstract
  • Edwards, CL; Scales, MT; Loughlin, C; Bennett, GG; Harris-Peterson, S; De Castro, LM; Whitworth, E; Abrams, M; Feliu, M; Johnson, S; Wood, M; Harrison, O; Killough, A. A brief review of the pathophysiology, associated pain, and psychosocial issues in sickle cell disease. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine. 2005;12:171-179.  Abstract
  • Harrison, MO; Edwards, CL; Koenig, HG; Bosworth, HB; Decastro, L; Wood, M. Religiosity/spirituality and pain in patients with sickle cell disease. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. 2005;193:250-257.  Abstract
  • Pells, JJ; Presnell, KE; Edwards, CL; Wood, M; Harrison, MO; DeCastro, L; Johnson, S; Feliu, M; Canada, S; Jonassaint, JC; Barker, C; Leach-Beale, B; Mathis, MJ; Applegate, K; Holmes, A; Byrd, G; Robinson, E. Moderate chronic pain, weight and dietary intake in African-American adult patients with sickle cell disease. Journal of the National Medical Association. 2005;97:1622-1629.  Abstract
  • Phan, A; Edwards, CL; Robinson, EL. The assessment of pain and discomfort in individuals with mental retardation. Research in Developmental Disabilities. 2005;26:433-439.  Abstract
  • Campbell, LC; Keefe, FJ; McKee, DC; Edwards, CL; Herman, SH; Johnson, LE; Colvin, OM; McBride, CM; Donattuci, CF. Prostate cancer in African Americans: relationship of patient and partner self-efficacy to quality of life. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 2004;28:433-444.  Abstract
  • Chen, JG; Edwards, CL; Vidyarthi, S; Pitchumoni, S; Tabrizi, S; Barboriak, D; Charles, HC; Doraiswamy, PM. Learning and recall in subjects at genetic risk for Alzheimer's disease. The Journal of neuropsychiatry and clinical neurosciences. 2002;14:58-63.  Abstract
  • Surwit, RS; van Tilburg, MA; Zucker, N; McCaskill, CC; Parekh, P; Feinglos, MN; Edwards, CL; Williams, P; Lane, JD. Stress management improves long-term glycemic control in type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2002;25:30-34.  Abstract
  • Edwards, CL; Fillingim, RB; Keefe, F. Race, ethnicity and pain. PAIN. 2001;94:133-137.  Abstract