2018 Speakers

Diana S. Edwards, Ph.D., LPCC
Diana S. Edwards, Ph.D., LPCC
Session #26

Diana S. Edwards, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), has been a mental health practitioner since 2004. While she was completing her Masters in Counseling at Western New Mexico University (WNMU), she worked as a Developmental Specialist III with Life Quest Early Intervention as a home visitor, and did her internship at the Child Development Center on campus, learning play therapy with Angel Toyota-Sharpe. Prior to receiving her independent license, Edwards also worked as a family therapist at Border Area Mental Health Services, Inc.
As an LMHC and then LPCC, Edwards continued work as a family therapist with Life Quest Early Intervention, and since 2011 she has been in private practice in Silver City except for six months as Clinical Supervisor at the Las Cumbres Community Infant Program in Santa Fe.

Dr. Edwards is a specialist in developmental attachment, and uses attachment theory across the life span to illuminate relationship patterns. She has earned an endorsement in infant mental health (IMH-E III) and served on the Board of Directors of the New Mexico Association of Infant Mental Health. She has given workshops and presented at professional conferences on infant mental health, adoption issues, and grief and loss. Dr. Edwards is committed to supporting families and young children as they meet the challenges of contemporary life. For children who have experienced domestic violence, trauma and abuse, her preferred treatment modality is child-parent psychotherapy and attachment therapy.

Dr. Edwards was an adjunct professor at WNMU for more than ten years (1999 to 2010) and has taught psychology, anthropology, sociology, English, and history.

Prior to moving to New Mexico, Dr. Edwards was Assistant Professor in the Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Anthropology Departments at the University of North Florida (UNF), in Jacksonville, Florida (1995 to 1998). She taught as an adjunct there from 1993 to 1995.

Dr. Edwards earned her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Florida in Gainesville, in 1995, specializing in family and adoption issues, with a cross-cultural perspective.
Her research resulted in a critical analysis of American adoption and foster care compared to systems in other countries. Her dissertation focused on the life histories of 56 women who had surrendered a child to adoption in the decades when unmarried mothers faced great stigma and coercion to relinquish.

She is a mother and stepmother to five, and grandmother to four. She was widowed in 1999.