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Charlie HamadCharles Hamad, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Developmental Disabilities Evaluation and Research, Center for Health Policy and Research
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Charles D. Hamad, Ph.D. is the Director of Center for Developmental Disabilities Evaluation and Research (CDDER), which is 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. CDDER, which is part of UMass Medical School’s Center for Health Policy and Research, was established in 2000 in order to provide research and developmental support to the Massachusetts Department of Mental Retardation.

Dr. Hamad is also the Associate Director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, as well as Executive Director of the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at 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 Maternal Child Health Bureau-funded distance-learning grant and a Principal Investigator on a National Institute of Health grant to develop a series of Early Intervention training courses directed at providers who support children with developmental disabilities.

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 earned his doctoral degree in psychology at the University of Kansas. He also holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology, from Quinnipiac College and Long Island University, respectively.


Hamad, C. D., 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.

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