Charles D. Hamad, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, located at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, a pioneer in research, education, and service for people with developmental disabilities and their families for over three decades. Dr. Hamad is also the Associate Director of the Shriver Center.
A licensed child and developmental psychologist by training, Dr. Hamad has extensive experience working with children and their families. His research encompasses a broad range of issues affecting people with developmental disabilities. He is particularly noted for his work with applied behavior analysis and with technological approaches to helping children with autism. For his work in autism early intervention training, Dr. Hamad, along with his UMass Medical School colleague Richard Fleming, won the 2008 Sloan C award for the ‘Most Outstanding Online Teaching and Learning Program’ in the nation. This program was developed by the Shriver Center in collaboration with UMass Lowell and UMassOnline.
He is currently a Principal Investigator on a National Institute of Health grant to train current and future emergency personnel to anticipate, plan for, and address the likely needs of children and adults with disabilities before, during, and after emergencies. He is Co-Investigator on a National Institute of Health grant to develop and evaluate the effectiveness of an online training program in special needs dentistry that includes material related to risk management, preventive care, medical considerations associated with specific disabilities, restorative dentistry, behavioral support techniques, and autism spectrum disorders. He is also Co-Investigator on a National Institute of Health grant to develop, implement, evaluate, and disseminate distance learning courses relating to risk management and quality improvement in programs that provide services to persons with mental retardation/developmental disabilities and the public agency staff that oversee such programs.
Dr. Hamad serves on the faculty of UMass Medical School as an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and as an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry. He is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine.
Dr. Hamad completed a Post Doctoral Fellowship at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and received his doctoral degree in Developmental and Child Psychology from the University of Kansas. He also holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology, from Quinnipiac College and Long Island University, respectively.
Morrison, L., Fleming, C., Hamad, C., Gray, C., & Fleming, R. (in press). Online learning for early intervention professionals: Transition planning from early intervention to school. Journal of Special Education Technology.
Hamad C., Serna, R.W., Morrison, L., & Fleming, R. (2010) Extending the reach of early intervention training for practitioners: A preliminary investigation of an online curriculum for teaching behavioral intervention knowledge in autism.Journal of Early Intervention, 23 (3) 1-15.
Fleming, R.K., Stokes, E.A., Curtin, C., Bandini, L.G., Gleason, J., Scampini, R., Maslin, M.C.T., & Hamad, C. (2008). Behavioral health in developmental disabilities: A comprehensive program of nutrition, exercise, and weight reduction. International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy., 4 (3) 287-296.
Sulzer-Azaroff, B., Fleming, R.K., Bass, R.W. & Hamad, C. (2008) Choosing objectives for a distance learning behavioral intervention in autism curriculum. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 23(1), pp. 29-36
Bandini LG, Curtin C, Hamad C, Tybor DJ, & Must A. (2005) Prevalence of Overweight in Children with Developmental Disorders in the Continuous National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) Journal of Pediatrics, (6): 738-43.
Bandini LG, Curtin C, Tybor DJ, Hamad C, & Must A.(2003) Prevalence of overweight among children with mental retardation based on nationally representative surveys,Obesity Research, 11: A120-A120 Suppl.,
McIlvane, W. J., Kledaras, J., Dube, W., Serna, R. & Hamad, C.D. (2000) Developing a true behavioral technology for teaching pre-academic skills to people with mental retardation, Journal Of Intellectual Disability Research, 44, 388.