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Current Advocacy Positions



Fall 2018 – present

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Resource Group for Youth at the Border.


July 2017 – December 2018
California Chapter of the World Association of Infant Mental Health – founding member, chair of advocacy and international relations committees. Committee Member 2019 – present.


July 2017 – December 2018
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Autism and Intellectual Disorders Committee, consultant to policy subcommittee including advocacy for treatment access and coverage. Committee Member 2019 – present.


Spring 2017 – present
El Cajon Valley School District Newcomers Collaborative. Addressing the needs of students and families arriving as refugees. 


2014 – present
Founder and Chair, Interdisciplinary Network on Development and Learning and Profectum joint Resilience through Relationships pay-it-forward project. Providing support, free when necessary, to caregivers in regions impacted by armed conflict to help families raise children to be more resilient and able to build peace. Current regions of focus: Northern Ireland, The Balkans (Serbia and Kosovo), Middle East, Columbia, Ukraine, Georgia.


2013 – present
Programmatic Lead, Executive Committee, International Network for Peace Building. The Early Years: The Organisation for Young Children. Belfast, Northern Ireland and The Republic of Ireland. Supporting early childhood intervention in conflict zones worldwide to build resilience, with focus on Northern Ireland and the Middle East Nations (MENA) Regions.


2010 – present
Co-Chair South Counties Autism Regional Taskforce of the California State Senate Select Committee on Autism and Related Disorders.


2010 – present
Fundraising Committee, DIR/Floortime Coalition of California.(Executive Committee through 2013).


2010 – present.
Fundraising Subcommittee, Advocacy Committee, Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning (formerly the DIR/Floortime Coalition of California). Executive Committee through 2013.


1994 – present
Forensic assessment and testimony, largely related to neurodevelopmental conditions and trauma related conditions for family court, criminal court, disability, educational planning and related proceedings. Cases include a class action suit with the East Los Angeles Regional Center securing access to evidence-based care for persons with autism and related developmental challenges, one of the first Laura’s Law cases in California, one of the first Mental Health Diversion cases in California, apparently the first long term Electroconvulsive Therapy case in San Diego County for life threatening medical illness, and an attempted murder defense for a person with developmental challenges.

2009- present
Advisory Board, Imagine Academy, Brooklyn, NY


Joshua D. Feder, M.D.
415 North Highway 101, Suite E
Solana Beach, CA 92075
Phone: 619-417-7506
Fax: (888) 959-2137

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