Faculty Profile

Scott Edwards

Scott​ Edwards

Chair, Program Director, and Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy

Phone: 206-281-2681
Office: Marston 108

Education: BA, Cornell University, 1991; MS, Auburn University, 1996; PhD, Virginia Tech, 2001. At SPU since 2001.

Dr. Scott Edwards’ current research interests focus on therapeutic processes in marriage and family therapy, as well as on patient relationships with chronic pain. As a clinical fellow and an approved supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), he supervises students, candidates for state licensure, and supervisor candidates. He serves on the editorial review boards for the Journal of Feminist Family Therapy and the Journal of Systemic Therapies.

Dr. Edwards has served as president of the Washington Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and was a key author in drafting Washington state credentialing laws for the mental health professions. He has served on the Central Board of Directors for AAMFT as chair of the Council of Division Presidents. In 2009, he received the prestigious AAMFT Divisional Contribution Award.

​Selected publications

Edwards, S.A., Grauf-Grounds, C., & Cheon, H. (2011). Competencies with an ORCA stance: Developing the self of the therapist. Family Therapy Magazine, 10(5), 46–47. Alexandria, VA: American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

Grauf-Grounds, C., & Edwards, S.A., MacDonald, D., Quek, K., & Schermer-Sellers, T. (2009). Developing graduate curricula faithful to professional training and a Christian worldview. Christian Higher Education, 8, 1–17.

Please view Dr. Edwards’ CV (PDF) for additional publications.

Why I Teach at SPU

Scott Edwards, Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy

“It is an honor to be called to teach in our MFT program — the ability to develop the self-of-the-therapist while training within a bio-psycho-social-spiritual perspective is foundational for learning and providing family therapy. Through teaching, supervising clinicians, supervising supervisors, and providing clinical services, I am enriched in my own learning. In response to the question ‘What does your dad do?’ my children respond, ‘He helps people, help people, help people, help people.’”