Dr. Tonya Edmond is an Associate Professor at the Brown School with a joint appointment in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to coming into academia she practiced as a social worker for 15 years in both clinical and administrative roles in domestic violence and rape crisis centers. She is committed to strengthening services for survivors through her research and teaching to advance the development of trauma informed systems of care and the implementation of evidence based trauma treatments.
Dr. Edmond, a faculty affiliate with the Center for Violence and Injury Prevention, focuses her research on violence against women with a specific interest in testing trauma focused interventions for survivors of childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence. She is the co-investigator of a CDC funded study investigating the effectiveness of a trauma focused cognitive behavioral group intervention with adolescent girls who have experienced maltreatment. She conducted a national survey of the theoretical and practice preferences of domestic violence and sexual assault service providers to assess the extent to which evidence based trauma treatments appear to be in use in this service sector. She is currently conducting a state-wide study of rape crisis centers in Texas to assess practitioner receptivity to evidence based treatments and to identify the clinician and organizational characteristics that could inhibit or facilitate the adoption of them. In addition, she is conducting a study to further our understanding of the trauma treatment needs of justice-involved women.
Dr. Edmond received her MSSW and PhD from The University of Texas at Austin and joined the George Warren Brown School of Social Work in 1999. She has been advancing the importance of evidence based practice in the field of social work through publications and her leadership in the development of a model comprehensive evidence based MSW curriculum. She currently serves on the Task Force on Advanced Social Work Practice in Trauma for the National Center for Social Work Trauma Education & Workforce Development. She teaches Intervention Approaches with Women, Core Concepts in Trauma Treatment with Children & Adolescents and Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families & Groups. She is also a recipient of the Brown School Excellence in Teaching Award and the Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Award.