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Dr. David Howard, LMFT-S, LPC

Associate Professor
Office: Frazier 115
UMHB Mail Box:UMHB Box 8006A900 College St, Box 8006ABeltonTX76513
Phone: (254) 295-5421(254) 295-5421
Subjects Taught: Marriage & Family Therapy, Group Processes, Christian Approach to Marriage Counseling, Marriage and Family Brief Christian Counseling, Internship I
Degrees Earned: B.A.; M.Div.; M.A.; Ph.D.

Dr. David Howard joined the U.M.H.B. faculty in the fall of 2006. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon where he majored in psychology, and Western Seminary (Portland, OR) where he received the Masters of Divinity degree in pastoral ministries. He received his M.A. in Human Development and Family Studies at Kansas State University while serving as a U.S. Army Chaplain 1974-1994. Following ten years of private practice as a marriage and family therapist, he earned his Ph.D. in Family Studies at Texas Woman’s University in 2004. Dr. Howard began teaching full-time in 2006 at UMHB in the Department of Graduate Counseling after serving there as an adjunct professor. He and his wife, Diane, are proud of their three grown sons, Jon, Matt, and Mark - all UMHB alumni, and they thoroughly enjoy their eight grandsons.


  • Ph.D. Texas Woman’s University. Major: Family Studies. Dissertation title, “Process Evaluation of a Court-Mandated Divorce Education Program,” Chair:  Dr. Mary Bold ( 2004).
  • M.A. Kansas State University. Concentrations: Human Development & Family Studies. Thesis title, “Family Stress Management in the Military, ” (1988).
  • M.Div. Western Seminary. Major: Pastoral Ministries (1971).
  • B.A. University of Oregon. Major: Psychology (1967).

Professional experience

  • Associate Professor, Department of Graduate Counseling & Psychology, The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Belton, Texas, 2006-present.
  • Director, Military Chaplains’ Program in the Marriage and Family Christian Counseling Program, The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Belton, Texas, 2006-2009.
  • Adjunct Professor, Graduate Department of Psychology and Counseling, The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Belton, Texas, 2004-2006.
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Professional Counselor, Community Counseling Center, Belton, Texas, 1994-2013.
  • Chaplain (LTC), U.S. Army, 1974-1994 (retired)

Curriculum Developed and Courses Taught at the Graduate Level

Group Processes; Christian Counseling Professional Ethics and Issues; Counseling Ethics: Problems and Issues; Marriage and Family Therapy; Christian Approach to Marriage Counseling; Marriage and Family Brief Christian Counseling; Ministries to Families; Practicum and Internship I and II; Advanced Marriage and Family Therapy Techniques.

Area of Expertise

Marriage and Family Therapy; Divorce Processes and Education; Evaluation Research; Pastoral Counseling and Ministries; Human Development and Family Studies


I regularly conduct presentations and workshops for community, military, professional and laypersons development in family relationships, retreats, and counseling concepts and skills.

Service (missions, ministry, etc...)

Training director/instructor for workshops with pastors and counselors for certification in Prepare/Enrich premarital and marital inventories and counseling materials; certified marriage education presenter for prevention and relationship enhancement programs (PREP and Christian PREP).

Professional Societies and Licenses

Texas Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist; Texas Licensed Professional Counselor; Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor, American Association For Marriage and Family Therapy; Texas Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Supervisor; Christian Counselors of Texas
Research Interests

Moral injury of military personnel; routine monitoring of counseling outcomes and therapeutic alliance