Faculty: David Haddad, EdD

David Haddad

David Haddad, EdD

Professor, Counseling and Behavioral Health Department

Coordinator for the Counseling Department of the Military and Veterans Program (MVP®)

Work Space 314N
Degree Major/Emphasis Institution
EdD Counseling Psychology University of Massachusetts at Amherst
MEd Counseling Fitchburg State College
BA Psychology Framingham State College


  • Psychopathology
  • Introduction to Family Therapy
  • Therapy with Couples
  • Community Trauma, Community Healing
  • Mental Health Counseling Internship I and II

Research and Practice Interests

  • Marriage and family therapy
  • Postmodern and Dialogic Practice
  • Appreciative Inquiry/Positive Psychology
  • Community Building
  • Non Governmental Organizations

Professional Licenses and Certifications

  • Licensed Psychologist and Certified Health Services Provider (Massachusetts)
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (Massachusetts
  • Approved Supervisor, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

Publications and Presentations

  • Fialkov, C. and Haddad, D. (2022). Education as a Path to Gender Justice for Maasai Youth. African Journal of Gender, Society and Development, Vol. 11, No. 1, 119-130.
  • Fialkov, C., Haddad, D., Ajibose, A., LeFluffy, C., Ndungu, M., and Kubuga, R. (2021). The impact of Menstrual hygiene management and gender on psychosocial outcomes for adolescent girls in Kenya, International Journal of Adolescence and Youth, 26:1, 172-184.
  • Gowan, M., Fialkov, C., and Haddad, D., (2019) Strength Based Learning in a Kenyan Primary School Community. An Application of the IPOD Model. The AI Practitioner, February, Vol. 21, Number 1.
  • Fialkov, C., Haddad, D., Ndirangu, N., and Karanja, J. (2015). “Tukae Tusemesane”-Let’s Sit Down and Reason Together: Enlivening Strengths and Community. International Journal of Appreciative Inquiry. Vol. 17, Number 3, August 2015.
  • Fialkov, C., Haddad, D, (2012). Appreciative Clinical Training. Training and Education in Psychology. Training Education and Professional Psychology, vol 6, No. 4, 204-210.
  • Fialkov, C., Haddad, D. (2012). The Cultivation of Strengths through Appreciative Inquiry. Practicing OD, an Online Network Magazine, April 2012
  • Kellner, L., Haddad, D., and Forcier, A. (2001). She Even Walked the Dog”: The Role of Relational Context and Goal Setting in a Welfare to Work Program. The Qualitative Report, Vol. 6, Number 3, September 2001
  • Fialkov, C., Haddad, D., and Gagliardi, J. (Summer 2001). Face to Face on the Line: An invitation to Learn from Online Supervision. The Supervision Bulletin (AAMFT.
  • Baldwin, R., Fialcov, C., and Haddad, D. (1995, Summer) The Performance Metaphor in Family Therapy Training. The Supervision Bulletin (AAMFT), Vol. VII, No 16

Concurrent Leadership, Service and Professional Activities

  • Private practice, Individual, family and couple therapy
  • Appreciative Action, a consulting practice that uses strength-based practices for positive change and building resilience in teams, organizations and communities. www.appreciativeaction.com

Prior Experience

Director of Training, Quality Management and Research - 2002-2011
Community Healthlink, Worcester, MA

  • Directed training for agency 1000+ clinical and line staff, including treatment documentation, supervision, and family therapy.
  • Seminar director for agencies APA internship program, Community Healthlink/UMass
  • Research coordinator for Community Healthlink’s research initiatives.
  • Oversaw morbidity and mortality committee
  • Grant writing.

Consultant - 1998-2000
Project Harmony Inc., Waitsfield, VT

  • USAID funded multi-disciplinary team working in former Soviet Union developing community response to domestic violence. Projects in Petrozavorsk, Volgograd, and Moscow.
  • Developed and delivered training in clinical response to domestic violence.
  • Provided systemic overview for developing community provider response to domestic violence.

Executive Director - 1996-1998
North Central Human Services, Gardner, MA

  • Oversaw delivery of clinical services, fiscal oversight, grant writing, and coordination for board of directors, and community. Developed and monitored strategic plan for community mental health center. Annual budget of $6,000,000.

Associate and Clinical Director - 1995-1996
North Central Human Services, Gardner, MA

  • Provided clinical oversight for all programs.
  • Served on senior leadership counsel
  • Grant writing
  • Supported vision and leadership initiatives of executive director.

Program Director Child and Family Services Division - 1991-1995
North Central Human Services, Gardner, MA

  • Provided overall program direction and supervision for clinical staff.
  • Participated in agencies senior leadership committee

Program Coordinator - 1989-1991
The family Center and New England Deaconess Hospital, Boston, MA

  • Developed family therapy program imbedded in the infectious disease clinic at Deaconess Hospital. This program was created as a response to the Aids crisis. .
  • Provided group and individual services to patients and their families.
  • Developed training video that introduced the program to family members and community.

Program Coordinator - 1989-1991
Kantor Family Institute

  • Coordinated family therapy training programs at Metropolitan and Medfield State Hospitals. Providing on-site supervision, family therapy training, and consultation

Family Therapy Program Coordinator - 1986-1989
Human Resource Center for Rural Communities, Athol, MA

  • Developed family therapy service in community mental health clinic, providing family therapy and consultation.

Family /Couple Therapy Program Coordinator, 1985-1986
Vietnam Veterans Outreach Center, Fitchburg, MA

  • Developed couple therapy program for veterans outreach center.
  • Provided individual and group therapy for couples dealing with challenges facing veterans returning from the Vietnam War.

Research Experience:

  • Co-investigator of an ongoing research study investigating the delivery of a cross-cultural strengths curriculum in a school and community in Kenya. Appreciative Action; William James College; Kimo Wellness Foundation. Program will be delivered in the Thika valley in Nairobi Kenya in July of 2016.
  • Co-investigator of research study investigating the impact of appreciative inquiry and positive psychology on supervision skills of fourth year graduate students. MSPP, 2013-2014
  • Co- Investigator and site coordinator NIH study “ Treatment Retention Strategies in Transition Age Youth”. Project was a joint collaboration between University of Massachusetts Medical School department of Psychiatry and Community Healthlink. Worcester, MA , 2010-2011.
  • Co-Investigator Synergy Homeless Initiative. Project evaluated a pilot-test of a “housing first “intervention for 70 adults seeking homeless services from Community Healthlink/UMass Memorial, Worcester, MA, 2008-2009
  • Co-Investigator, Site Coordinator Harvard Brown Anxiety Study. NIMH funded Longitudinal study tracking the Trajectory of Anxiety Disorders, Community Healthlink/UMass Memorial, Worcester, MA, 2005-2006

Professional Affiliations

  • American Counseling Association
  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • International Positive Psychology Association

Community Involvement

Greater Gardner Community Development Corporation (CDC) - 2009-2010
Board of Directors, Gardner, MA

  • The Greater Gardner CDC promotes self -sufficiency by creating affordable housing opportunities and providing additional programs that raise the economic, educational, and social levels of residents in its service area.