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Charles D Hamad PhD

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
DepartmentPediatrics
AddressEunice Kennedy Shriver Center
465 Medford Street, Suite 500
Charlestown MA 02129
Phone774-455-6590
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    InstitutionUMMS - School of Medicine
    DepartmentPediatrics
    DivisionDevelopment & Behavioral Pediatrics


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    Quinnipiac College, Hamden, CT, United StatesBAPsychology
    Long Island University Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY, United StatesMAPsychology
    University of Kansas, Kansas City, KS, United StatesPHDChild & Development Psychology

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    Academic Background



    Ph.D. University of Kansas, Lawrence KS

    M.A. Long Island University, Greenvale, NY

    B.A. Quinnipiac College, Hamden, CT

    Postdoctoral Management Training Institute, The Wharton School


    Current appointments:



    Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Massachusetts Medical School

    Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School


    Co-Director, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD)




    Professional and Research InterestsCharles D. Hamad, Ph.D.



    Dr. Hamad has extensive experience working with a broad range of issues affecting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He is particularly noted for his work in 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 has been the Principal Investigator on a number of National Institute of Health grants developing online training courses for students and professionals who work with individuals with disabilities.  Courses include a series of Early Intervention trainings directed at providers who support children with developmental disabilities,  a practitioner skills training program for autism behavioral early intervention providers, and trainings in emergency preparedness focused on the needs of people with disabilities for first responders and emergency managers.




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    1. Serna, R. W., Foran, M. M., Cooke, C. Hurd, K. E., Tello, A. J., Vangapalli, R. & Hamad, C. D. Teaching discrete-trial training: The effects of asynchronous computer-based instruction on live implementation. Journal of Special Education Technology. 2016; 31:1-11.
    2. Serna RW, Lobo HE, Fleming CK, Fleming RK, Curtin C, Foran MM, Hamad CD. Innovations in Behavioral Intervention Preparation for Paraprofessionals Working with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. J Spec Educ Technol. 2015 Mar; 30(1):1-12. PMID: 27019544.
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    3. Serna, R. W., Lobo, H. E., Fleming, C. K., Fleming, R. K., Curtin, C., Foran, M. M., & Hamad, C. D. Innovations in behavioral intervention preparation for paraprofessionals working with children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Special Education Technology. 2015; 30:1-12.
    4. Wolf-Fordham S, Curtin C, Maslin M, Bandini L, Hamad CD. Emergency preparedness of families of children with developmental disabilities: what public health and safety emergency planners need to know. J Emerg Manag. 2015 Jan-Feb; 13(1):7-18. PMID: 25779895.
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    5. Wolf-Fordham SB, Twyman JS, Hamad CD. Educating first responders to provide emergency services to individuals with disabilities. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2014 Dec; 8(6):533-40. PMID: 25859692.
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    6. Wolf-Fordham, S.B., Twyman, J.S., Hamad, C. D. Educating First Responders to Provide Emergency Services to Individuals with Disabilities. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. 2014; 8(6):533-540.
    7. Fleming, R.K., Curtin, C., Gray, C. & Hamad, C. . Discovering Behavioral Intervention: A Parent’s Interactive Guide to ABA. Current Issues in Emerging eLearning. 2014; 1(1):Article 3.
    8. Morrison, L., Fleming, C., Hamad, C., Gray, C., & Fleming, R. Online learning for early intervention professionals: Transition planning from early intervention to school. Journal of Special Education Technology. 2013; 28(2):43-51.
    9. Hamad CD, Serna RW, Morrison L, Fleming R. Extending the Reach of Early Intervention Training for Practitioners: A Preliminary Investigation of an Online Curriculum for Teaching Behavioral Intervention Knowledge in Autism to Families and Service Providers. Infants Young Child. 2010 Jul 1; 23(3):195-208. PMID: 23504540.
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    10. Hamad, C. D., Serna, R.W., Morrison, L., & Fleming, R. Extending the reach of early intervention training for practitioners: A preliminary investigation of an online curriculum for teaching behavioral intervention knowledge in autism to families and service providers. Journal of Early Intervention. 2010; 23(3):1-15.
    11. Sulzer-Azaroff, B., Fleming, R.K., Bass, R.W. & Hamad, C. Choosing objectives for a distance learning behavioral intervention in autism curriculum. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities. 2008; 23(1):29-36.
    12. Fleming RK, Stokes EA, Curtin C, Bandini LG, Gleason J, Scampini R, Maslin MC, Hamad C. Behavioral Health in Developmental Disabilities: A Comprehensive Program of Nutrition, Exercise, and Weight Reduction. Int J Behav Consult Ther. 2008 Jan 1; 4(3):287-296. PMID: 20354592.
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