Dan is a clinical psychologist and founder of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), a treatment approach for children who have experienced the trauma of abuse and/or neglect, and who demonstrate ongoing problems with relationships. It is a family-based treatment, designed to facilitate the establishment of healthy attachments to caregivers.
Hughes has spent decades helping children and youth reach their full potential and reconnect with others in their lives. He has authored several books, conducted seminars and workshops, spoken at conferences, and guest lectured throughout the US, Europe, Canada, and Australia over the past 18 years. He is also engaged in extensive training and supervision in the certification of therapists in his treatment model, along with ongoing consultation to various agencies and professionals. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and president of the Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Institute (DDPI), which is responsible for the certification of professionals in DDP.