Dr. Ryan Edwards, MD, has been named Director of the Child & Adolescent Division of the Department of Psychiatry after two years of leading the division on an interim basis.
“It has been a great pleasure working with Dr. Edwards as Interim Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Division Director, and I look forward to our continued collaboration as he takes on the permanent role,” said David Cates, PhD, Vice-Chair for Clinical Services. “The division has grown rapidly under his leadership, and I’m consistently impressed by Dr. Edwards’ curiosity, compassion, and inclusiveness in addressing the wide range of challenges inherent in a growing division.”
Dr. Edwards is a Board-Certified Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist. As a native Nebraskan, he earned his medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He then completed both his residency and post-graduate fellowship training at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. His clinical interests include outpatient-based child & adolescent psychiatry, obsessive-compulsive disorder, complex anxiety disorders of childhood, and integrative and collaborative care across the healthcare discipline.
“I have had the pleasure of seeing Dr. Ryan Edwards’ leadership since he was the Psychiatry Student Interest Group president as a UNMC medical student,” said Howard Liu, MD, MBA, Chair of the Department of Psychiatry. “Then, I heard wonderful things about his growth as a psychiatry resident and child and adolescent psychiatry fellow from my colleagues at the University of Michigan.”
Dr. Edwards joined the department in 2017. He was promoted to Interim Director of the Child & Adolescent division in 2019.
“Since joining our faculty, Dr. Edwards has served admirably as interim division director for child and adolescent psychiatry, making it a welcoming home for therapists, psychologists, APRN’s and child psychiatrists,” Dr. Liu said. “I’m thrilled to welcome him as our Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Division Director as we meet the clinical, teaching, research, and community engagement needs of our community. He’s compassionate, creative, engaged, and just the clinician leader we need in our department!”
Dr. Edwards discusses parenting during the pandemic.