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Dr. Edwards is a clinical and health psychologist registered with children, adolescents, and families. She works in the pediatric chronic pain clinic at McMaster Children's Hospital. In addition to her clinical work, she is actively involved in supervision of students and research initiatives. 

Featured Publications

Specht, M., Edwards, K., Perry-Parish, C., & Amatya, K. (2017). Brief Parent Training (BPT): A Strengths-Based, Trans Diagnostic, Parent-Centered Treatment for Psychiatrically Complex Youth with Tourette Syndrome (TS). Book Chapter in Preparation.

Raines, J., Edwards, K., Specht, M., Sherman, M., Higginson, C., Winnick, J., et al. (2017). Premonitory Urge for Tics Scale (PUTS): Replication and Extension of Psychometric Properties in Youth with Chronic Tic Disorders (CTDs). Manuscript Submitted for Publication.

Yeh, A., Grover, S., Powell, M., Alper, G., Banwell, B., Edwards, K., et al. (2017). Impact of an electronic monitoring device and behavioral feedback on adherence to multiple sclerosis therapies in youth: Results of a randomized trial. Quality of Life Research.

Edwards, K., Mendlowitz, S., Jackson, E., Champigny, C., Specht, M., Arnold, P., Gorman, D. & Dimitropoulos, G. (2017). A Qualitative exploration of the experiences of children and adolescents with Tourette Syndrome. Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 26:1, 39-44.

Edwards, K., & Specht, M. (2016). A review of the literature regarding behavioral therapy for chronic tic disorders (CTDs): Where do we go from here? Current Developmental Disorders Reports, 3, 222-228.

Edwards, K. (Summer/Fall 2014). Mindfulness and meltdowns. T-Mag (A Magazine for members of the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada), 4-6.

Edwards, K., & Martin, R. (2014). The conceptualization, measurement, and role of humor as a character strength in positive psychology. Europe's Journal of Psychology, 10(3), 505-519.

Rudnick, A., Kohn, P., Edwards, K., Podnar, D., Caird, S., & Martin, R. (2014). Humor-related interventions for people with mental illness: A randomized controlled pilot study. Community Mental Health Journal, 50, 737-742.

Edwards, K. R., & Martin, R. A. (2012). Do humorous people take poorer care of their health? Associations between humor styles and substance use. Europe’s Journal of Psychology, 8, 523-534.

Edwards, K. R., & Martin, R. A. (2010). Humor creation ability and mental health: Are funny people more psychologically healthy? Europe’s Journal of Psychology, 3, 196-212.

Edwards, K. R., Martin, R. A., & Dozois, D. J. A. (2010). The fear of being laughed at, social anxiety, and memories of being teased. Psychological Test and Assessment Modeling, 52 (1), 94-107. 


Clinical and Research Interests



  • Fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at The Hospital for Sick Children, 2015
  • Clinical Psychology Residency, The Hospital for Sick Children, 2014
  • PhD, University of Western Ontario, 2014

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