David W Reid

Associate Professor

Professor Emeritus

Locations / Contact Info:

409D BSB
Keele Campus
Phone: 416 736 2100 Ext. 66265

Email address(es):


Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - Department of Psychology


Post-Doctoral Fellowship - 1978
University of Washington Medical School

PhD - 1972
University of Waterloo

MA - 1968
Univeresity of Saskatchewan

B.A. (Hons) - 1966
University of Victoria

Selected Publications

Reid, D. W., Dalton, E. J., Laderoute, K., Doell, F., & Nguyen, T. (2006). Therapeutically induced changes in couple identity: The role of “we-ness” and interpersonal processing in relationship satisfaction. Genetic, social and general psychological monographs, 132, 241-283.

Reid, D. W., Doell, F. K., Dalton, E. J., & Ahmad, S. (2008,) Systemic constructivist therapy (SCCT): Description of approach, theoretical advances and published longitudinal evidence. Psychotherapy: theory, practice, training.

 Ahmad, S., & Reid, D. W.  (2008). Relationship Satisfaction among South Asian Canadians: The Role of ‘Complementary-Equality’ and Listening to Understand. Interpersona 2(2), 131-150.

 Ahmad, S. & Reid, D. (2009, March). Cultivating Cultural Competence: Understanding and Integrating Cultural Diversity in Psychotherapy. News You Can Use, Division 29 of the American Psychological Association. From http://www.divisionofpsychotherapy.com/. 

 Fergus, K.D., and Reid, D.W. (2001). The couple’s mutual identity: a systemic-constructivist approach to the integration of persons and systems. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 11(3), 385-410

 Fergus, K.D., and Reid, D.W. (2001) Integrating constructivist and systemic metatheory in family therapy. Journal of Constructivist Psychology, 15, 41-63




Canadian Psychological Association

American Psychological Association

International Association of Relationship Researchers

Society for Psychotherapy Integration

North American Chapter of Society for Psychotherapy Researchers


York Faculty of Graduate Studies Teaching Award. - 2003

Graduate Teaching Award from the North-Eastern Association o - 2003


Currently available to supervise graduate students: No

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: No

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: No

Current Research

It is well known that marriage can affect the physical and mental health of the partners (and their offspring) in a variety of ways. My research and professional focus is on the interplay of each partner's 'intrapersonal' cognitive/emotional processing and their joint 'interpersonal' dynamics. Experimental procedures have been developed (and published) to influence these conjoint 'intrapersonal' and 'interpersonal' dynamics so as to enhance the quality of life of the partners. The impact of these dynamics on the health of the partners is being studied. Currently I am focussed on studying South Asian marriages in depth and developing a therapy that is especially efficacious for South Asian marriages that they find highly appropriate to their values, traditions and reality here in Canada.