Maryanna Ham, Ed.D.

Couples Retreat Location: Northampton, Massachusetts

Dr. Maryanna Ham
Dr. Ham is a clinical psychologist, researcher, published author, supervisor, trainer, editorial board member, former Associate Dean, Program Chair and APA Fellow.

Dr. Ham was awarded Fellow Status in the American Psychological Association (APA). "Fellow status" is an honor bestowed upon APA members who have shown evidence of unusual and outstanding contributions or performance in the field of psychology. It requires that a person's work has had national impact on the field of psychology beyond a local, state or regional level. A high level of competence or steady and continuing contributions are not sufficient to warrant fellow status. National impact must be demonstrated.

Born in California with a Mother of Hungarian-Transylvanian heritage, and an absent Dad, Dr. Ham only learned of his identity upon leaving for college. Her mother informed her she was ethnically biracial: Hungarian-Caucasian and Chinese-Asian. The story is told in a chapter she wrote in a book used to train Marriage and Family Therapists by Monica McGoldrick and Ken Hardy entitled: Re-visioning Family Therapy.

Licenses

Commonwealth of Massachusetts:
•  Psychologist-2957
•  Marriage and Family Therapist-823
•  Mental Health Counselor-3556

Education

Ed.D. University of Rochester: Center for the Study of Helping Services, Graduate School of Education and Human Development. 1980
Ed.M.  University of Rochester: Center for the Study of Helping Services, Graduate School of Education and Human Development. 1975
B.A. University of California-Berkeley (English, Psychology) 1961
1957-1958 Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York.


Academic

Dr. Ham has worked in various capacities in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology, Graduate College of Education, at the University of Massachusetts Boston, MA, from 1985-2005, spending one year as Associate Dean, and five years as Chair of the Department of Counseling and School Psychology, Graduate College of Education, before establishing The Family Therapy Program in 2002.

Those who have not served in academia as Program Directors may not be aware of the grueling process involved in bringing a fledgling Family Therapy Program through the rigors of Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education for the Family Therapy Program (The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy). Most states in the USA use schools who are certified by AAMFT as a "stamp of approval" for licensing as Marriage and Family Therapists. They often grant students who have graduated from such programs advanced standing in the licensing process.

Dr. Ham wrote narrative, and gathered materials, submitted application for candidacy status through full accreditation in the five year process from 1998 - 2003, each time being successful. This is quite an achievement.

In 1996-1997 she was a Clinical Instructor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Couples and Family Training Program, Cambridge Hospital, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.


Professional Memberships

• American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

• American Family Therapy Academy, Inc.

• American Psychological Association:

• Division 43, Family Psychology;

• Division 45 Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues

• Asian American Psychological Association

Editorial Boards 

1998-Present Journal of Journal of Systemic Therapies

1992-Present Journal of Feminist Family Therapy.

1990-1993 Journal of Strategic and Systemic Therapies.

Clinical

From 1977 on, she served in various capacities, first as a Guidance Counselor in Spencerport, New York, as a Counselor in Los Alamos, New Mexico, and a Staff Psychologist in a Psychiatric Clinic in Lowell, Massachusetts. She later became Director of Adult Services in that same clinic. She was also in a private practice setting in Lexington, Massachusetts from 1985-2005. And more recently Part-time Psychologist at ServiceNet. Inc., in Northampton, MA.

When asked about LGBTQUIA couples, Dr. Ham said this: 

"I consider myself an experienced couple and family therapist with LGBTQIA Couples. I have been teaching the online course “Sexuality and Intimacy in Families and Family Therapy,” which devotes three classes to LGBTQUIA issues, (Spring semesters 2015 & 2016) for the master’s level Family Therapy Program at the UMass Boston.

"I treat in therapy many same-sex couples (M & F) as well as couples where one member of the coupleship was transitioning or were transgendered. I also work with same-sex couples with adopted children or children birthed by one member of the coupleship. Currently in my private practice I am seeing several same-sex couples for couple therapy, and several same-sex couples with their transnational adoptees for family therapy.

"In order to be current with the concerns and issues of the LGBTQIA community, I have gone to a number of workshops, some have been presentations at national meetings for professional organizations: APA, AAMFT, MAMFT, AFTA."

Awards

In 2015, Dr. Ham was awarded the Divisional Contribution Award by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) at their Annual Conference.

In 2014 the Massachusetts Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT), Awarded Dr. Ham the Major Contribution to the Field of Marriage and Family Therapy at their Annual Conference.

In 2012, the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 43-Society of Family Psychology awarded Dr. Ham the Carolyn Attneave Diversity Award, in acknowledgement of her special contributions to the promotion of diversity in family psychology.

She was also awarded a Research Fellow: Five College Women's Studies Research Center, at Mt. Holyoke College in Massachusetts.


Published Proceedings of Papers

Ham, M.D. (1989). Counseling issues with immigrant families. Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association of Counseling and Development, March, 1989. ERIC. RIE, Ed 305550.

Ham, M.D. (1991). Empathic role taking: A tool for teaching family therapy. Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, August 1990. ERIC. RIE, ED 329848.

Editorship of Journal, Monograph

Scholarship

(partial selection) 
Books

Chin, J., Liem, J., Ham, M.D., & Hong, G.K. (1993). Transference and empathy in Asian American psychotherapy: Cultural values and treatment needs. Westport, CT: Praeger.

Hong, G.K. & Ham, M.D. (2001). Psychotherapy and counseling with Asian American clients: A practical guide. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Houser, R A. & Ham, M.D. (2004). Gaining power and control through diversity and group affiliation. Westport, CT: Praeger.

Houser, R.A., Wilczenski, F., & Ham, M.D. (2006). Culturally Relevant Ethical Decision-Making in Counseling. Pacific Grove, CA: Sage

Hong, G.K. & Ham, M.D. (Eds.) (2016-anticipated date of publication). Migration and the family life cycle: A guide for therapists. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Chapters in Books

Ham, M.D. (1987a). Client behavior and counselor empathic performance. In G.A. Gladstein (Ed.), Empathy and Counseling (pp. 31-50). New York: Springer-Verlag.

Ham, M.D. (1987b). Counselor empathy. In G.A. Gladstein (Ed.), Empathy and Counseling, (pp. 21-30). New York: Springer-Verlag.

Ham, M.D. (1993). Empathy. In J. Chin, J. Liem, M.D. Ham, & G. Hong (Eds.), Transference and empathy in Asian American psychotherapy: Cultural values and treatment needs, (pp. 35-62) Westport, CT: Praeger.

Ham, M.D. (2000). Amerasian. Family. Oriental. Sojourner. In J.S. Mio, J.E. Trimble, P. Arredondo, H.E. Cheatham, & D. Sue (Eds.), Key words in multicultural interventions (pp. 13-14, 127-128, 205-206, 242-244). Westport, CT: Greenwood.

Ham, M.D. (2003). Asian American racial and ethnic intermarriage: A socio-political construction and a treatment dilemma. In V. Thomas, T. Karis, & J. Wetchler (Eds.) Clinical issues with interracial couples: Theories & Research (pp. 151-162). Binghamton, NY: The Haworth Press.

Ham, M.D. (2006). Marginalization. Worldview. In Y. Jackson, Encyclopedia of Multicultural Psychology (pp. 292, 479-481). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Ham, M.D. (2008). Biracial legitimacy: Embracing marginality. In M. McGoldrick & K.V. Hardy (Eds) Re-visioning family therapy: Race, culture, & gender in clinical practice (pp. 213-225). NY, NY: The Guilford Press.

Ham, M. D. & Bacigalupe, G. (2006). Family therapy. Worldview. In Jackson, Encyclopedia of Multicultural Psychology (pp. 211-213). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Wu, S.J., Enders, L., & Ham, M.D. (1997). Cross-cultural practice with couples and families: Social constructionist inquiry in family therapy with Chinese Americans. In P.M. Brown & J.S. Shalett (Eds.) Cross-cultural practice with couples and families (pp. 111-129). New York: Haworth Press.

Refereed Journal Articles

Ham, M.D. (1989a). Empathic understanding: A skill for “joining” with immigrant families. The Journal of Strategic and Systemic Family Therapies, Special Issue: Family Therapy with Immigrant Families, 8, 36-40.

Ham, M.D. (1989b). Introduction: Constructing a bridge between different world views. The Journal of Strategic and Systemic Family Therapies, Special Issue: Family Therapy with Immigrant Families, 8, 1-2.

Ham, M.D. (1991). Teaching family therapy in an academic counselor training program: A productive paradox. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 13, 211-220.

Ham, M.D. (2001). Broadening the space of family therapy education and training: Opportunities for transformation. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 20, 24-35.

Ham, M.D. (2003). Asian American racial and ethnic intermarriage: A socio-political construction and a treatment dilemma. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, Special Issue: Clinical Issues with Interracial Couples, 2/3, 151-162.

Hong, G.K. & Ham, M.D. (1992). Impact of immigration on the family life cycle: Clinical implications for Chinese Americans. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 3, 27-40.

Hong, G.K. & Ham, M.D. (1994). Psychotherapy and counseling for Chinese Americans: Curriculum and training issues. Bulletin of the Hong Kong Psychological Society, 32/33, 5-19.

Houser, R., Konstam, V., & Ham, M.D. (1990). Coping and marital satisfaction in dual-career couples: Early stage dual-career couples as college students. Journal of College Student Development, 31, 325-329.

Houser, R., Seligman, M., Konstam, V., & Ham, M.D. (1992). A technique for enhancing behavioral marital therapy. Advances in Behavioral Research and Therapy, 13, 215-225.

Kreiser, J.S., Ham, M.D., Wiggers, T.T., & Feldstein, J.C. (1991). The professional family: A model for counselor development beyond graduate school. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 13, 305-314.

Wu, S.J., Enders, L., & Ham, M.D. (1997). Cross-cultural practice with couples and families: Social constructionist inquiry in family therapy with Chinese Americans. Journal of Family Social Work, 2, 111-128.

Ham, M.D. (1989). The Journal of Strategic and Systemic Family Therapies, Special Issue: Family Therapy with Immigrant Families, 8.

Sullivan, M.A. & Ham, M.D. (Winter 2009). Reflections of AFTA's early days: Moving forward by remembering our past. AFTA Monograph Series, ISSN 1556-1364.

(Solicited) Magazines, Pamphlets, Reviews, & Abstracts

Presentations

Refereed Presentations at Professional Organizations

Aug. 2011 Symposium, Working with immigrant families across the lifespan: Insights and challenges, Presenters: Hong, G.K., Soriano, M. Gardano, A.D., Inman, A.G., Cheung, S., Ham, M.D. Annual Conference, American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

Aug. 2011 Roundtable, Transgenerational family narratives: A process for coping, healing, and thriving as multicultural women, Presenters: Ham, A., Ham, M.D. & Bacigulupe, G. Annual Conference, American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

Aug. 2008 Poster Presentation, Application of Eastern Ethical Theories to Professional Codes of Ethics: Confucian and Buddhist Ethics, Presenters: Houser, R. & Ham, M.D. Annual Conference, American Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

April 2005 Symposium, A Heuristic Model of Ethical Decision Making: A Multicultural Perspective, Presenters: Houser. R. & Ham, M.D. Annual Convention of the American Counseling Association, Atlanta, GA.

Aug. 2002 Symposium, Challenges in family therapy supervision: Considerations for multicultural urban communities, Discussant. Annual Conference, American Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Aug. 2002 Symposium, Therapeutic relationships as construction sites: Pragmatic, multicultural & ethical considerations. Paper, Multivocal ethnography: A tool for research and clinical interventions. Annual Conference, American Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

June 2002 Roundtable Presentation, Reflection on class and consciousness: Educating family therapy students to incorporate global consciousness and politics of difference into their practices. American Family Therapy Academy Annual Meeting, New York, New York.

Oct. 2001 Workshop: Cultural Issues—Post modern researchers as therapists: Chinese American Voices. Annual Conference o the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, Nashville, TN.

August 2001 Symposium, Caring and collaborative diverse communities: Emerging opportunities for family psychologists, Discussant. Annual Meeting, American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.

August 2000 Symposium, Primary prevention in family psychology: Fostering resilience in diverse families. Soriano, M., Hong, G. K., Cheung, S., Discussant. Annual Meeting, American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

August 1999 Symposium, Cultural identity development in ethnic minorities: Implications for family therapy. Paper, Racial and cultural identity development of biracial children: Therapeutic implications, Annual Meeting American Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

June 1999 Symposium, The clinical, ethical and political in marriage and family therapy diversity education. Paper, Ethical decision making: A cultural perspective. American Family Therapy Academy Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.

April 1999 Symposium, Cultural competence in marriage and family counseling programs. Paper, Ethical decision making: A cultural perspective. American Counseling Association World Conference, San Diego, CA.

August 1998 Symposium, Culture as an imperative in family psychology: The new demographics. Paper, A theoretical critique of family psychology’s response to changing demographics. Annual Meeting, American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.

June 1998 Roundtable Presentation, Cultural challenges: The practice of creating bridges.Paper, Racially mixed coupleships: An acknowledgment of a marginalized reality. American Family Therapy Academy Annual Meeting, Montréal, Québec.

Sept. 1997 Roundtable Discussion, Cultural competence: The ethical, political, and clinical in training for cultural competence.Annual Conference, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, Atlanta, GA.

April 1997 Professional Development Learning Institute, Counseling in an increasingly diverse country. American Counseling Association World Conference Orlando, Florida.

Nov. 1995 Workshop, Conversation: Biracial couples creating multiracial families. Annual Conference, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, Baltimore, MD.

April 1995 Session Presentation, Effectiveness of counselor approaches with Asian college students. American Counseling Association World Conference, Denver, CO.

Nov. 1994 Workshop, Constructionism in family therapy with Chinese Americans, Annual Conference, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, Chicago, IL.

Nov. 1994 Workshop, Cultural awareness and responsiveness in marriage and family programs. Annual Conference, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, Chicago, IL.

Oct. 1994 Paper, Therapeutic conversation: A strategy for promoting human rights. Conference, Hate speech, freedom of expression, and the ethics of communication. Philosophy Department, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA.

Oct. 1993 Workshop, Chinese American families, Annual Conference, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, Anaheim, CA.

Oct. 1993 Workshop, Cultural competency in marriage and family program development, Annual Conference, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, Anaheim, CA.

April 1991 Symposium, Historizing families. Paper, Encouraging memories through multivocal ethnography and language systems: An initial process of family therapy research and therapy with Chinese-American families. Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociology Society, Providence, RI.

August 1990 Paper, Chinese heart-to-heart talk and empathy: A possible link between Chinese and Western psychotherapy. Annual Convention, Asian American Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

Ham, M.D. (1987). Book Review (Review of Psychotherapy with Families). The Family Psychologist, 4, 12-13.

Ham, M.D. (2000). Human diversity as an ethical imperative. AFTA Newsletter, 80, 50-51.

Ham, M.D. (2002). People of Color Network: A summary of the proceedings. AFTA Newsletter, 86, 33-34.

Ham, M.D. (2003). Race and ethnicity: Vertical and horizontal boundaries in family identity formation. The Family Psychologist, 19 (3), 11-12.

Ham, M.D. & Sullivan, M.A. (2009). Introduction: "Pick it up if it falls behind." In M.A. Sullivan & M.D. Ham (Eds), Reflections of AFTA's early days: Moving forward by remembering our past. AFTA Monograph Series, (pp. 2-4).

Ham, M.D. (2014). Social responsibility: A commitment to an effective decision making process. Family Therapy, 13 (4), 14-20.

Invited Presentations

Feb. 2014 Symposium, “Couples on the Edge: Working with Relationships from Multiple Perspectives.” Massachusetts Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Northampton, MA.

Feb. 2012 Workshop, “Narrative Therapy: A Possible Therapeutic Approach with Borderline ‘Problem Saturated’ Families.” Massachusetts Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Northampton, MA.

Oct. 2012 Conference, “MAMFT Fall Ethics Conference.” Massachusetts Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Springfield College, Springfield, MA.

April 2010 Workshop, Application of Family Systems Therapy: Interventions with Families. Sponsored by ServiceNet Inc., Northampton, MA

Nov. 2002 Symposium, Ethical practice in family therapy. Speaker, The “virtuous decider” & “conscientious decision making .” First Friday Workshop, Massachusetts Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, Newton, MA.

Feb. 2002 Symposium, The ethics of self-help and self-disclosure as family therapists. Speaker, The use of postmodern family therapy to evaluate the effectiveness of self-help. First Friday Workshop, Massachusetts Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, Newton, MA.

June 2001 Co-coordinator and Discussant, People of Color Workshop. American Family Therapy Academy Annual Meeting, Miami, FL.

May 2001 Speaker, Psychotherapy and Counseling with Asian American Clients. Massachusetts General Hospital, Charlestown Health Care Center, Charlestown, MA.

Nov. 2000 Coordinator and Discussant: Life Long Marriage. First Friday Series, Massachusetts Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, Newton, MA.

July 2000 Trainer-Instructor (two days), Family therapy methods: Structural and strategic therapy (Instruction with the use of a translator). Workshop for Family Therapy Training, Taiwan Family Institute. Boston, MA.

June 2000 Chair and facilitator, Roundtable Discussion, Rituals in family therapy. American Family Therapy Academy Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.

Aug. 1999 Symposium Speaker, Creating a societal agenda for Asian American psychology Biracial legitimacy: An acknowledgment of multiplicity within the Asian American population. Annual Convention, Asian American Psychological Association, Boston, MA,

Nov. 1998 Presenter, Supervision as a collaborative, relational, and reflexive conversation: Struggling with issues of power, accountability, and burnout. A Workshop for Supervisors at the Department of Social Services, Arlington , MA.

April 1998 Presenter, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Registration. Annual Conference and Meeting, Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association, Auburn, MA.

Jan. 1998 Speaker, Ways to empower children in schools: Coping with family substance abuse. Collaborative for Integrated School Services, Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA..

June 1996 Chair and facilitator, Roundtable Discussion, Pressures from “above:” How political and economic forces are changing families in other countries. American Family Therapy Academy Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA

Feb. 1996 Speaker, Multicultural training in marriage and family programs: An ethical responsibility. Society for Family Therapy and Research, Weston, MA.

Sept. 1995 Panelist and Discussant, Family therapy and the dilemmas of difference: A fresh look at race, class, ethnicity and ways we make meanings. Annual Conference, Massachusetts Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Framingham, MA

Feb. 1994 Speaker, Identity formation of a family: Creating a biracial coupleship. Society for Family Therapy and Research, Weston, MA.

Jan. 1994 Speaker: Multiculturalism. Bay State Community Services, Quincy, MA.

Dec. 1993 Workshop Presenter and Facilitator, Interracial Dating. Conference, Asian Pacific American Youth, Boston, MA.

Nov.1993 Symposium Speaker, Women’s Issues in the workplace. Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

May 1993 Workshop Presenter, Rethinking race and identity. Interracial Pride Conference, Wesleyan College, CT.

April 1993 Key Note Speaker, Qualitative methods of family therapy research. Conference, Society for Family Therapy and Research, Boston, MA.

April 1993 Workshop Presenter and Facilitator, Treating couples: Developing an ethno-sensitive stance. Kantor Family Institute, Somerville, MA.

May 1992 Speaker, Conversation as a method of inquiry: Learning about Chinese American families through multivocal ethnography. Institute of Culture and Communication, East-West Center, Honolulu, HI.

June 1991 Speaker, Systems psychology: The relationships among schools, families and counselors. Boston School District Counselor Association, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA.

Jan. 1991 Workshop Presenter, Cross cultural family therapy. Kantor Family Institute, Somerville, MA.

Nov. 1990 Workshop Presenter, Asian-American adolescent identity formation. South Cove Community Health Center, Boston, MA.

March 1990 Panel Speaker, The creative process in the counseling and therapeutic relationship. Creativity in professions, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA.

Sept. 1989 Speaker, Empathic understanding: A skill for cross-cultural “joining” with individuals and their families. Massachusetts Association for Counseling and Development, Westboro, MA.

Sept. 1987 Speaker, Providing counseling services to Asian Students at the University of Massachusetts Boston: A review of transference and empathy as therapeutic issues. Mental Health Counseling Center, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA.

August 1987 Moderator, Interactive forum on transference and empathy in psychotherapy with Asian Americans. Department of Mental Health - Social Service, South Cove Community Health Center and Psychology Department, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA.

August 1990 Symposium, Empathy as a creative process: Developing parents, teachers and counselors. Paper, Empathic role-taking: A tool for teaching family therapy interventions. Annual Convention, American Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

August 1989 Symposium, Impact of immigration on the family life cycle: Implications for cross-cultural family therapy. Paper, The impact of immigration on the family life cycle: A framework for immigrant family development and family therapy. Annual Convention, American Psychological Association, New Orleans.

June 1989 Research conference, An adaptation approach to stress and coping, Paper, Coping with a Dual Career Couple. William Paterson College, Wayne, NJ.

May 1989 Symposium, Bridging the Gap: Clinical Issues Affecting the Treatment of Intercultural Couples and Families. Paper, Constructing bridges between different world views. Massachusetts Psychological Association, Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.

March 1989 Paper, Counseling issues with immigrant families. Annual Convention, American Association for Counseling and Development, Boston, MA.

Oct. 1988 Paper, Family therapy with cross-cultural immigrant families, New England Psychological Association, Annual Meeting. Salem, MA.

May 1988 Symposium, The challenges of teaching family therapy: The paradox of teaching family therapy. Massachusetts Psychological Association, Annual Meeting, Boston, MA..

April 1981 Symposium, Empathy and counseling outcome: Research findings and applications. Paper, Effects of the relationship between client behavior and counselor’s predicted empathic ability upon counselor’s in-session empathic performance. Annual Convention, American Personnel and Guidance Association, St. Louis, MO.