David Ward

Program Director of Marriage and Family Therapy

David Ward - Marriage and Family Therapy PLU

Office Location:Garfield Station - Room 106

  • Professional
  • Biography

Additional Titles/Roles

  • Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy


  • 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


  • 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


I joined the PLU family in 2005 and I could not be more grateful for the opportunity to work with such dedicated students and faculty. I love teaching and presenting locally and nationally on various relationship topics, including my research on Hope. I have worked in various clinical settings and currently maintain a private practice where I work with couples, families, and individuals. I have lived in California, Utah, Brazil, Virginia, and Texas and I’ve loved what I’ve learned from these different contexts. My wife Kathryn and I have been married since 1997 and we have 4 children. When I can find some spare time, I enjoy working out, cooking, coaching my kids’ teams, and water-skiing in cold Washington lakes.