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Duquesne University Counseling Center Names New Director

Dr. Ian Edwards has been selected as the new director of the Duquesne University Counseling Center.

Dr. Ian Edwards

A licensed psychologist, Edwards been on staff at the Counseling Center since his days as a post-doctoral resident in 2006. He has served as assistant director/training coordinator since 2008.

Edwards earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Duquesne. He has also taught as an adjunct professor in psychology and in the School of Leadership and Professional Advancement.  He has spent more than 10 years counseling students, including some at the University of Pittsburgh Counseling Center. Every year he conducts The Truth about Suicide workshops for Duquesne freshmen and has also helped parents, staff and faculty understand the emotional needs of college students.

“They show us a different side, an emotional, sometimes traumatic history that they can’t reveal to others,” he said.

The students’ emotional problems may go beyond trying to adjust to college life, and could include depression, anxiety, suicidal or dangerous tendencies, and dealing with past painful events.

Having a free counseling service aids in student retention, Edwards said, and encourages health, growth and academic achievement. Edwards works in collaboration with Health Service, Psychology Clinic, Residence Life, Spiritan Campus Ministry, the Support Council and the Campus Community Risk Team.

“Our counseling orientation is very holistic; we are healing the whole being—mind, heart and spirit. At Duquesne, we can be more open in regards to the spirit. It is so integral to a person,” he said. “I don’t see how we can have psychological healing without a spiritual life.”

Previous director Dr. Jack Nelson retired after 46 years at the University.

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