David Gage, Ph.D.

BMC Founder and Principal
Mediator and Clinical Psychologist

David Gage is a leader in the field of business mediation and the founder of BMC Associates. Dr. Gage has over 30 years of experience as a mediator and 35 years of experience as a clinical psychologist. In his clinical practice, he specialized in couples, family, and group therapy. He has spoken to bar associations and business and professional organizations locally and nationally, has been interviewed on radio and TV, written for the Washington Business Journal, Executive Excellence, Family Business, and was featured in the New York Times, Fortune, Nation’s Business, and The Washington Post.

Dr. Gage’s book on effective partnerships, The Partnership Charter: How to Start Out Right with Your New Business Partnership (Or Fix the One You're In), was published in July of 2004. During the early 2000s David and his team fine-tuned the Partnership Charter process and Workbook with feedback from hundreds of partners from around the world. Between 2019 to 2022, David worked closely with a team to design and develop the Partnership Charter’s “Design Your Partnership” platform.

He has served in the following roles:

  • Founder, The Partnership Charter Institute. 2017-present.
  • Founder and Principal, BMC Associates. 1990-present.
  • Clinical Psychologist Private Practice. 1981-present.
  • Adjunct Professor, Kogod College of Business Administration, American University. Teaching courses on family-owned businesses. 1997-2016.
  • Co-owner and Director, Travel Horizons, Inc., Arlington, Virginia. 1980-2007.
  • Mediator, Mediation Trainer, and Consultant. Dispute Resolution Division, D.C. Superior Court. 1987-1995.
  • Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland. Supervised psychiatry residents in couples and family therapy. 1984-1988.
  • Consultant, U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C. Performed psychological evaluations and diagnoses. 1984-1987.
  • Assistant Supervisor for Clinical Training, Family Therapy Practice Center of Washington. Supervised therapists in couples and family therapy. 1983-1987.


  • 1983 Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
  • 1975 B.A. with Distinction, Major in Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 1969-71 United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland

Professional Affiliations

  • Licensed Psychologist, Virginia
  • Member, Family Firm Institute
  • Member, American Psychological Association
  • Member, District of Columbia Psychological Association
  • Member, American Bar Association, Section of Dispute Resolution