Department ofMarriage & Family Therapy

David Ward

David Ward

Associate Professor and Program Director

253-535-8284 (office)



Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Texas Tech University, 2006

M.S., Virginia Tech, Falls Church, 2002

B.S., Brigham Young University, 1999

David has been teaching at PLU since 2005. David loves teaching and has presented at the national and local level on various topics, including his research on hope. His dissertation on Hope in Couples Therapy won the dissertation of the year award from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and his work in this area is published in the April 2010 volume of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. He was honored in 2009 as the Educator of the Year by the Washington Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. David maintains a private practice where he works with couples, families, and individuals. David has been married for 14 years and he and his wife Kathryn have 4 children. In his spare time he enjoys coaching flag football and soccer, and waterskiing in cold Washington lakes 7 months out of the year.