DAVID S. FESTINGER, PHD
Department of Clinical Psychology
Director of Substance Abuse Research and Education
Dr. Festinger holds a PhD in clinical psychology and master's degrees in counseling
and clinical health psychology, and is a licensed clinical psychologist in the Commonwealth
Dr. Festinger is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and is the
past president (2017) of APA’s Division 28 (Substance Abuse and Psychopharmacology).
His National Institutes of Health-funded research has focused primarily on empirically
isolating the active mechanisms of drug courts, developing empirically based dispositional
procedures for offenders with substance use disorders, integrating disease prevention
and healthcare into criminal justice programs for substance users, and bringing experimental
research methods to bear on major ethical questions and human subject protections
involving research participants.
To date, he has served as principal or co-Investigator on more than 20 NIH-funded
grants and numerous contracts and grants from other federal, state and local funding
agencies, has authored over 70 articles and chapters, and has disseminated his research
findings at conferences and scientific meetings across the US and abroad. In addition,
he is one of the principal architects of several evidence-based helping tools for
clients and stakeholders within the fields of substance abuse and criminal justice.