Edwin Mikkelsen attended undergraduate and Medical School at the University of Nebraska. An internship at the Mayo Clinic was followed by an adult psychiatry residency at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center-Harvard Medical School a research fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health and child psychiatry training at the Yale Child Study Center.

Following the completion of his post graduate training he developed an inpatient Child Psychiatry unit in a private Psychiatric Hospital before becoming the Director of the Division of Child Psychiatry at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center (MMHC), a teaching Hospital for Harvard Medical School. During his tenure at MMHC he was a member of the Neuroscience faculty for the newly developed New Pathway program at HMS and attained the rank of Associate Professor. He continues to maintain an academic affiliation with HMS and has authored or coauthored over 100 professional publications including 3 books.

In 1990 he became a consultant to the MENTOR Network and has served as the Medical Director for that organization since 1992. Dr. Mikkelsen has also been a consultant for the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services since 1980. During that time he has provided both clinical Psychiatric Consultation to the individuals who are served by the Department as well as Consultation to the Executive Office.

Honors include the 2004 Frank Menolascino Award for Psychiatric Services for Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disorders from the American Psychiatric Association in recognition of contributions to the field in the areas of teaching, clinical innovation, and research. He is also a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists. Dr. Mikkelsen is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry in both Adult and Child Psychiatry and has served as an examiner at the oral exams for both of these Boards.

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