Edward E. Hunter, Ph.D., ABPP is the Director of Training of the Psychology Division and Associate Professor at the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) in Kansas City, KS. Dr. Hunter is responsible for the training of psychology practicum students, interns and postdoctoral fellows at KUMC.
KUMC is a leader in innovative approaches to medicine, including behavioral health, at many levels. It has a long history of commitment to underserved populations, and is particularly invested in outreach efforts through such programs as the Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth.
Dr. Hunter has served as Project Director for the Innovations in the Training of Clinical Psychologist to Serve the Medically Underserved project, which was funded by HRSA. He is also the current Project Director for the Concentric Training Model for Predoctoral Psychology Interns: Expanding the Behavioral Health Workforce for Vulnerable and Underserved Populations, also funded by HRSA. He has furthermore participated in four grants which have funded trainees in innovative programs including Training a New Generation of Providers for Integrated Primary Care and Bull Doc Cares: Increasing Mental Healthcare Access in Wyandotte County’s School-Based Health Clinic. Dr. Hunter’s directorship has enabled future psychologist to learn technology, including telemedicine, to reach rural and underserved communities. These have included trainee participation in such initiatives as Group Phone-Based Weight Control among Rural Breast Cancer Survivors, the Midwestern Collaborative for Treating Obesity in Rural Primary Care, and the Kansas Association of Medically Underserved Tobacco and Obesity Project, all grant-funded activities directed by KUMC faculty members. Other activities have included the high school mentoring program for minority and disadvantaged young people interested in pursuing careers in healthcare, and participation in the Diversity and Inclusion Cabinet at KUMC.
Dr. Hunter is also a clinician and licensed psychologist with specialization in treatment patients with anxiety disorders, stress, and somatoform conditions. Dr. Hunter received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Auburn University in 1984, interned at Baylor College of Medicine, and did is postdoctoral fellowship at Houston Child Guidance Center.