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Marriage and Family Therapy

David Ward

Program Director of Marriage and Family Therapy

David Ward - Marriage and Family Therapy PLU
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Additional Titles/Roles

  • Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy

Education

  • Ph.D., Marriage and Family Therapy, Texas Tech University, 2006
  • M.S., Virginia Tech, Falls Church, 2002
  • B.S., Brigham Young University, 1999

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Clinical Training & Supervision
  • Couple Relationships & Hope

Accolades

  • 2012 Anselm Strauss Award along with Jennifer Davis ’07 PLU MFT graduate and Dr. Cheryl Storm PLU professor emeritus
  • 2009 Educator of the Year by the Washington Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

Biography

Dr. Ward has been teaching at PLU since 2005. Dr. Ward 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. Dr. Ward maintains a private practice where he works with couples, families, and individuals. Dr. Ward 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.