Dr. Raymond H. Hamden
Clinical & Forensic Psychologist
Consultant in Political Psychology
Born in the United States of America, he practiced psychology in Washington, D.C. since 1979. The diverse cross-cultural services are in Clinical, Forensic, Educational, Organizational, Domestic, and International consultation. In 1990, Dr. Hamden established a professional psychology practice in the United Arab Emirates.
He earned a Ph.D. in Psychology and continued post-graduate studies in Modern Psychoanalysis. Member, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Section. Dr. Hamden consults in Clinical Psychology, Domestic Relations, Crisis Intervention, Trauma, and Homeland Security.
He is Director of the Human Relations Institute & Clinics in Dubai Knowledge Village. Dr. Hamden is a Life Member in the Association of Psychological Sciences (formerly American Psychological Society), International Society of Political Psychology, International Council of Psychologists, and American College of Forensic Examiners International. He is also a member of the DC Psychological Association, American Psychological Association, and American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
Contributions in Forensic & Political Psychology
With the University of Maryland, Dr. Hamden was a 1986 Visiting Fellow at the Center for International Development and Conflict Management. His research and consulting was in Political Psychology – the psychology of terrorists and hostage situations. He coined the term “The Retributional Terrorist – Type 4”. His work was published as a chapter in a 4-volume text entitled The Psychology of Terrorism, Dr. Chris Stout (editor, 2002). Also, he is invited to write a chapter entitled "Unresolved Trauma and the Thirst for Revenge: The Retributional Terrorist" for Volume I of a three-volume project entitled The Making of A Terrorist by James JF Forest, Ph.D. (editor 2005) of The West Point United States Military Academy. Dr. Hamden is a completing a contracted book on Terrorist Psychology: Profiling and Counter-Action (CRC, Taylor & Francis Publishers 2012).
By invitation, he has presented before the US Senate and wrote for the US House of Representatives:
“Psychological Aspects of IsTishHad: Suicide or Sacrifice” expert witness testimony presented before the United States Senate Anti-Terrorism Caucus, special topic on the Middle East suicide missions. Washington, D.C. 26 March 1986
“Islamic Fundamentalism: Terrorism or Psychological Resistance” written testimony submitted to and published in the series of HEARINGS before the subcommittee on Europe and the Middle East of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, U.S. House of Representatives. Washington, D.C., Fall / Winter 1985, Page 416-425.
Other expert publications and presentation include
'Suicidal terrorists', in Herzog-Evans M., Transnational Criminology Manual,
Wolf Legal Publishers, Nijmegen, 2010
Psychology of Terrorists: 4 types
Seminar/workshop presented at the September 2007 Conference
International Society of Political Psychology
A Dysfunctional Nation and Its People: Becoming Functional
Keynote Address presented at the April 2007 Conference
2nd MENA Regional Conference of Psychology
Psychology of Safety: a challenged perspective
Seminar/workshop presented at the September 2006 Conference
American Board of Certification in Homeland Security
“The Retributional Terrorist - Type 4". University of Maryland - Center for International
Development and Conflict Management, College Park. Archives, Fall 1987
On Being Druze: a Psycho-Social Perspective. Middle East Insight, Washington, D.C.
Volume 4 Number 1, February 1985.
Developing Employee Assistance Programs and facilitating Corporate Training and Development programs are some of the features Dr. Hamden manages into his schedule. Two articles on Organizational Psychology were published – Employee Selection and Placement: assessment application in the Middle East and The Importance of Career Interest Tests in the Arab World.
He is author of Balanced-4-Life: Before Burn-Out (Motivate Publishing 2012 in print). Other peer reviewed articles and programs are ongoing. Another topic and text On Relationships: improving your own (to be published). Topics appeared in Gulf Marketing Review as Corporate Conflicts, Sales Psychology: both appeared in the Middle East Quality Review.
Dr. Hamden has taught and supervised undergraduate and graduate student in psychology and behavioral science as Forensic Psychology and Criminology, General Psychology, Social Psychology, Human Development, Abnormal Psychology, Crisis Intervention, and Group Dynamics. For the Department of Business Administration courses included Organizational Behavior, Psychology of Advertising, Business Ethics, Business Communications, and other related subjects. He has also consulted to international companies and organizations in Cross-Cultural Awareness, Managing Diversity, Creating Effective Workgroups, Self-Awareness, Stress Management, Transitional and Leadership Changes.
He has taught for Middlesex University, University of Sharjah College of Medicine, University of Charleston, Lectured for Duke University, American University Dubai, American University Sharjah; Supervised students from Syracuse University, University of Houston, Sussex University, Brigham Young University, University of Virginia, American University of Beirut, George Washington University, Lewis & Clark University (Oregon), InterColleges (Cyprus), and globally.
Dr. Hamden has presented training and performed consultation in Critical Incident Debriefing and Emergency Planning as well as Trauma Situation and Identification and Political Psychology in Afghanistan, Syria, Israel, Algeria, Iraq, Philippines, France, Lebanon, USA, and in more than 25 international locations.
October 2008, Dr. Hamden was appointed by Dubai Health Authority (DHA) as Chair, Panel of Psychology Experts to facilitate the creation and implementation of Psychology Laws of Practice, Code of Ethical Principles, and Scope of Practice for Psychology.
March 2007, he was selected to service on the Plenary committee and workshop for the European Space Agency (ESA) and consult on the clinical elements of human Psychology of Space Travel.
Under the auspices of the Emirates Medical Association, Dr. Hamden was the President of the Emirates Psychological Society which coordinated the 1st Middle East / North Africa Regional Conference on Psychology (MENA RCP). The International Union of Psychological Sciences (IUPsyS) in collaboration with The International Academy of Applied Psychology (IAAP) and The International Association of Cross Cultural Psychology (IACCP) selected Dr. Hamden as President of theMENA RCP held December 2003 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
In May 2011, TEDx Muscat invited Dr. Hamden to address the audience in The Sultanate of Oman. His topic was entitled “Proper Relations to Prosperous Resolution” [PR2PR].
Dr. Hamden has appeared as an expert in international media: MBC, Bulgarian TV, ABC 20/20, Al Hurra TV, Al Jazeerah English TV, ABC Good Morning America, National Public Radio, CNN, BBC, Al Arabiya, Canada AM, and many others; local networks have regularly called on his professional analysis and testimony in various topics on general clinical psychology issues, political psychology profiling, and forensic critical incidents.
In The Psychologist’s Chair ® with Dr. Raymond Hamden. This program debuted in Dubai, with a season of VIP guests (H.E. Benazir Bhutto, Riz Khan), topics, and helpful ideas. Visit: www.intheposychologistchair.info. Having published in several magazines weekly and monthly, he had a weekly Psychology segment on English Radio and on Arabic Radio. Currently, Dr. Hamden consults as a Media Psychologist to various media sources, broadcast and print.
Historical Activities in General
During his youth, he was voted as President (1970-1971) of the American Druze Society. At the time, he was 21 years old and credited with the sustenance of the ADS from termination of activities. Supported by many Druze families across the USA, the ADS is a viable organization housing thousands of American Druze members who are among the four generations of USA born Druze. The heritage is primarily from LeVant region [Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Palestine/Israel] of the Middle East or Near East sector of Earth.
A co-convener of the Globalization for the Common Good – an international conference, this event was held March 2004 in Dubai. At two of these conferences, Dr. Hamden presented on Al Tawhid Faith, connection with GOD and each other.
As a member of the American Business Council of Dubai and the Northern Emirates (ABC), he served on the 2008 Nomination Committee, Chair of the 2002 Overseas Security Advisory Committee (OSAC). In 2003, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the ABC and was the OSAC liaison.
His original Rotary International group was the Rotary Club of Washington DC. Dr. Hamden was elected to the 2006-2009 Board of Directors and 2nd Vice President (2007-2008) of the Rotary Club of Dubai. He developed the program protocol, headed the vocational services and Rotary Foundation project for the club. Today, he is an active Paul Harris Rotarian member of the e-Rotary Club NY1.
He is also an active member of the World Trade Club, Dubai where he hosts the monthly members’ luncheon. Dr. Hamden is on the Steering Committee of the WTC.