Cara O'Connell-Edwards, PhD


Dr. Cara O'Connell-Edwards


Cara O'Connell-Edwards, PhD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

101 Manning Drive
Chapel Hill NC 27599-4220




Dr. Cara O’Connell-Edwards is an Assistant Clinical Professor in Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.  Dr. O’Connell-Edwards works in conjunction with Drs. Ringel, Dorn, Scarlett, and Danielle Maier, MPAS, PC-C, to aid in the continued care of patients with functional GI disorders.  She completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship at Duke University Medical Center in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and received her PhD and Master’s degrees in Clinical Psychology at West Virginia University.  She also completed her Medical Psychology Pre-doctoral Internship at Duke University Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Division of Medical Psychology. She has expertise in both cognitive and dialectical behavior therapy, as well as guided imagery and hypnosis. Dr. O’Connell-Edwards is interested in the application of these modalities to coping with chronic pain, medical illness, anxiety disorders, and depression. Dr. O’Connell-Edwards also has a background in rehabilitation psychology, and consultation-liaison services for medically ill populations.

Research Interests

Dr. O’Connell-Edwards’ research interests include psychological approaches to medical management, behavioral management of functional abdominal pain symptoms, and stress management techniques.

Honors and Awards

  • 2006-2007: Behavioral Medicine Postdoctoral Fellowship NIH Grant T32
  • 2005: Don Hake Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Career