Jonathan Edwards

Third Year Fellow

Jonathan Edwards is a student in the social work doctoral program at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center. He completed an undergraduate degree in psychology at the City College of CUNY, and a master’s degree in social work at Hunter College, CUNY. Mr. Edwards works part-time as a program consultant at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. He has more than 20 years of experience that encompasses clinical work, project management, training, and supervision within organizations that provide behavioral health and HIV services for individuals and families, and has developed and conducted several mutual support and family psycho-education and support groups. Mr. Edwards’ area of behavioral health research interest is description of how historical events in mental health service delivery have led to the inclusion of a peer support model in contemporary behavior health service delivery; he will seek to identify salient factors that organizations providing behavioral health services should consider in hiring, cultivating, and retaining a peer workforce. After doctoral degree completion Mr. Edwards would like to conduct intervention research on peer workforce issues, creating training products that promote recovery-oriented, culturally sensitive engagement of ethnic minorities. Mr. Edwards is licensed in the state of New York as a master social worker.