Research, Tech & Scholarly Experience


Fall 2021

Carlat, D, Aikens, C, and Feder, J. How to Prescribe Psychiatric Medications: from Drug Interactions to Pharmacogenetics. Carlat Publishing.  

Fall 2021

Medication? Maybe. The limited role of medication to treat selective mutism. Chapter in Selective Mutism: A Developmental approach Fernald, Joleen, ed. 

April 2020
Helping Families Through the COVID-19 Pandemic. Feder, J. The Carlat Child Psychiatry Report.

March 2020
Reviewer for: Evidence-Based Practices for Children, Youth, and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Steinbrenner, J. et. al. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, National Clearinghouse on Autism Evidence and Practice Review Team.


December 2019
Overemphasis of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) Evaluation Subverts a Clinician’s Ability to Provide Access to Autism Services. Gwynette, M. et. al. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Volume 58 / Number 12 / December 20191222-1223.


November 2019
Project ImPACT for Toddlers: Pilot outcomes of a community adaptation of an intervention for autism risk. Stahmer, A., et al.Sage Publishing. Autism 1-16: November 2019


July 2019
Using Responsive Caregiving to Improve Resilience of Young Children Living in Areas Impacted by Armed Conflict. Clancy, S et. al. The Peace Psychologist. 28: 1 July 2019


July 2019
Child and Adolescent Disorders and Psychopharmacology – content expert for Relias Learning Course for entry level Psychologists; intermediate and advanced level Nurses; intermediate and advanced level Social Workers; intermediate level Professional Counselors; in the following settings: Health and Human Services. July 2019


June 2019 
BRIDGE Collaborative Toddler Early Intervention Community Collaborative Based Research. 3.3m grant to conduct a controlled study of the revisedTeaching Social Communication to Children with Autism and Other Developmental Delays, Second Edition: The Project ImPACT Manual for Parents, Edition. June 2019.


May 2019
Contributor to: Teaching Social Communication to Children with Autism and Other Developmental Delays, Second Edition: The Project ImPACT Manual for Parents, Edition 2. Ingersoll and Dvortcsak, May 2019. Guildford Publications.


March-April 2019
Psychiatric Aspect of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Children and Adolescents. Feder, J. March / April 2019 The Carlat Child Psychiatry Report.


March 2019 International Network for Peacebuilding with Young Children (INPB) launch of pilot research on the Media Initiative for Children (MIFC) Toddler Module update Fielding Graduate University Social Transformation Grant. Omagh, Northern Ireland. March 2019.


December 2018
Project consultant for technology accessibility, Intellivision.


November 2018
Assessing and treating Violence in Patients. Carlat Child Psychiatry Report.


October 2018
Child Medication Fact Book for Psychiatric Practice. Feder, J., Tien, E., Jutras, J. Carlat, D. Carlat Publishing Company. Clinical guide for child psychiatrists and other prescribers.


October 2018
Connection Coder App. SymPlay LLC and Fielding Graduate University. ITune store.


Book: Child Medication Fact Book for Psychiatric Practice. Feder, J., Tien, E., Jutras, J. Carlat, D.: October 2018. Carlat Publishing.


October 2018
App Launch (iTunes): Connection Coder - video coding of interactions to support social communication and problem-solving.  SymPlay LLC/ Quicksilver Software/ Fielding Graduate University. 


Many Faces App – Collaborative effort of SymPlay, LLC with Fielding Graduate University, training and referral to support early recognition and support to children and families for developmental challenges. Initial concept 2014, in development beginning Summer 2018 – present.


Northern Ireland Reflective Practice Project. Collaborative Effort of Fielding Graduate University with partners in Northern Ireland to develop and pilot reflective practice training for community lay leaders outside of the health system with the goal of improving community indicators of problem-solving. Concept 2013 – 2017. Development summer 2018 - present.


Informed Consent: An Ongoing Process for Focused Care. Carlat Child Psychiatry Report. May, 2018.


Differentiating ADHD from Anxiety: Tips for Clinicians. Carlat Child Psychiatry Report. April, 2018.


The Fever Effect – Collaborative effort of Fielding Graduate University with Avacen, Inc. through the Organization for Autism Research. Controlled pilot study of whether safely increasing body temperature of children with autism spectrum disorder results in symptom improvement. Spring 2018 – present


Development of the Supported Employment, Comprehensive Cognitive Enhancement and Social Skills (SUCCESS) program for adults on the autism spectrum: results of initial study. Baker-Ericzén, M.J., Fitch, M., Kinnear, M., Jenkins, M. M., Smith, L., Montano, G., Twamley, E., Crooke, P, Garcia Winner, M., Feder, J., & Leon, J. Autism: International Journal of Research and Practice.    January, 2018.


Implicit Bias Assessment and Reflective Practice Community of Practice Training for Early Intervention Caregivers. Fielding Graduate University Social Transformation Grant with the Departments of Infant and Early Childhood Development and The School of Organizational Studies with Fine Infant Program. 2017 – present.


Media Initiative for Children Toddler Module Social Transformation Grant. Fielding Graduate University Departments of Infant and Early Childhood Development and Media Psychology, in Collaboration with The Early Years the Organisation for Young Children in Northern Ireland. Development of training for caregivers (parents and teachers) of toddlers impacted by armed conflict to improve regulation and resilience. Concept 2012 – 2015. Module development 2015 – present; Social Transformation Grant 2017 – present. Pilot planned March 2019, for later global roll out in the International network for Peace Building with Young Children.


Book: Dhamma and DIR: Buddhist Thought as a Framework for Using Developmental Approaches in Helping People with Development and Learning Challenges. Pajareya, K, Feder, J, Goverman, M. English Edition. September, 2017. Bangkok Thailand. 


Winter – Spring 2017

San Diego County Refugee Project: Undergraduate student intern project to study the rate of adolescent risk for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Syrian, Iraqi, Somali, and Afghan refugee populations.


January 2017

Grant Rants – Guidance for Grant Proposals: National Foundation for Autism Research.


February 2017

Parent perceptions of an adapted evidence-based practice for toddlers with autism in a community setting. Stahmer, A, Feder, J. et al. Autism, The International Journal of Research and Practice. 


Winter 2017

The Cutting Edge in Transition: NFAR’s Adult Vocational Training Program. Special Needs Law Center.


October 2016

Center for Discovery – Profectum Summit. Inaugural collaborative meeting to discuss developmental and technological approaches to helping persons with severe disorders of relating and communicating. Hurleyville, New York.[/wpcol_3quarter_end  

Summer 2016 – present


Connection Coder app – SymPlay LLC. Development of app to enable training and then rapid coding of videos in natural environments (home, school, clinic) with feedback to caregivers or researchers on measures reflecting regulation, engagement, and social reciprocity. Quicksilver Software, Inc. Irvine, California.




Development of the Supported employment, Comprehensive Cognitive Enhancement and Social Skills (SUCCESS) Program for Adults on the Autism Spectrum: Results of Initial Study. Baker, M, Feder, J et. al. 2016 (awaiting publication).



Bipolar and Related Disorders – Relias Learning course./wpcol_3quarter_end]  


Spring 2016 – Winter 2017


Rapid and Cost Effective Video Coding of Connection in Children and Parents with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Naturalistic Settings, A Controlled Pilot Study. Ongoing research at Fielding Graduate University.


August 2015

Medication Strategies for Helping People with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The Carlat Child Psychiatry Report


July 2015

Autism Spectrum Disorder in DSM-5: Change and Challenges. San Diego Elder Law Center: Serving Elder and Disability Communities


June 2015

Evaluating a Collaborative iPad Game’s Impact on Social Relationships for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, LOUANNE E. BOYD, et. al. ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing (TACCESS), Vol. 7, No. 1, Article 3: June 2015. Report of successful research demonstrating the efficacy of Zody’s World: The Clock Catastrophe in supporting social communication in pairs of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.


Mission Report: Early Years International Network for Peace Building with Young Children Mission to Israel. Dinerman, D., Feder, J., Ziv, M. Approx. 40-page internal summary document laying out goals, objectives, itinerary, summaries of meetings with educators, health professionals, thought leaders, and ministry officials, with lessons learned and future planning.


March 2015 – present

BRIDGE Collaborative Toddler Early Intervention Community Collaborative Based Research activities Spring-Summer, 2015: Videotaping of teaching modules on Adjusting Animation and Three Part Series on Reflective Practice. Co-Leading monthly Reflective Practice support for supervisors. San Diego, CA.


April 2015

Judge: 2015 Autism AppJam. Chapman College


February 2015

Support for Community Based Research. Cooper, T, Feder, J, Shanker, S, Wilson, D. Letter to the editor. Autism, The International Journal of Research and Practice.


February 2015

Zody’s World – Community Gaming Event. UCI Autism Social. The University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA.


January 2015, June 2015

Guest reviewer: Autism, The International Journal of Research and Practice.


January 2015

Spreading the Word: Reflective Process – What It Is And Why It’s Important. Infant Development Association of California Newsletter


October, 2014 – present

ACHIEVE Collaborative – Active Collaborative Hub for Individuals with ASD to Enhance Vocation and Education: SECESS project – Supported Employment, Cognitive Enhancement, Social Skills program for Adults with ASD.


April 2014

Judge: 2014 Autism AppJam. University of California, Irvine. Irvine, CA.



BRIDGE Collaborative received grants in 2013 from Autism Speaks and the Department of Education totaling $1.15m to investigate the implementation and dissemination of a parent coaching model for intervention with toddlers at risk for Autism and related disorders.


2013 – 2014

University of California, Irvine, Department of Informatics,
The Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, and
SymPlay, LLC Family Games for Autism.
Feasibility study using iPad interactive software to facilitate the development of social communication skills in children with mild to moderate autism spectrum disorders.


Fall 2013

Inter-Rater Reliability of Video Coding of Engagement Between Caregivers and Children Outside of Laboratory Settings. Nielsen S, Clough M, Feder J. Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and learning Disorders Graduate School. Submitted to Autism, Sage Publications.



Evidence Based Practice in Early Childhood and Infant Mental Health. Brandt K, Feder J, Lillas C, and Deihl J. In Brandt, Tronick et al eds. Core Concepts in Early Childhood and Infant Mental Health. American Psychiatric Press, 2013.


2012 – 2013

Parent Manual for Toddlers Adapted from Teaching Social Communication to Children with Autism by Ingersoll B and Dvortcsak A. San Diego BRIDGE Collaborative. San Diego, California.


2011 – 2013

Principle Investigator: Sertraline Pediatric Registry for the Evaluation of Safety (SPRITES): A Non-interventional, Longitudinal, Cohort Study to Evaluate the Effects of Long-term Sertraline Treatment in Children and Adolescents. Duke Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Trials Network (CAPTN) and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals.


2012 – 2013

Early Childhood Mental Health Leaders Group. The Commitment to Early Childhood Mental Health Services in San Diego County: Dedication, Vision, Innovation. Environmental Scan. Hall an et. al. Advised on monograph content, participated in interviews, editing assistance. San Diego, California.


December, 2012

SymPlay LLC Family Games for Autism University of California, Irvine Department of Informatics Technology Fair. Irvine, California.


December, 2012

Symplay LLC Family Games for Autism presentations to potential venture capital investors.


2007- 2012

Director of Training, BRIDGE Collaborative, San Diego, CA (Bond, Regulate, Interact, Develop, Grow, Engage) Community Early Intervention Research Project – NIH R21 grant.


October, 2012

Brookman-Frazee, L., Stahmer, A., Searcy, K., Feder, J. Building a Research-Community Collaborative to Improve Community Care for Infants and Toddlers At-Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Community Psychology. Vol. 40, No. 6, 715-734 (2012).


March 2012

Brandt, K., Deil, J., Feder, J., Lillas, C. A Problem in Our Field: making Distinctions Between Evidence Based Treatment and Evidence Based Practice as a Decision Making Process. Journal of Zero to Three National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families. 32 (4): 42-44.


February, 2012

Symplay LLC Family Games for Autism Kickstarter fund-raising campaign.


Fall, 2011

Feder, J. Recent Trends in Pediatric Psychopharmacology – Newsletter of the San Diego Psychological Association.


Summer 2011

Feder, J, and Singer-Chang, G. Autism spectrum Disorder: What Every Pharmacist Needs to Know. California Pharmacist. Summer 2011 (23-30).



Principal Investigator, New Versus Older Treatments for ADHD (NOTA) Study – A Randomized Controlled Trial of Methylphenidate Transdermal System (Daytrana), Lisdexamfetamine dimesylate (Vyvanse), OROS MPH (Concerta), and Mixed Amphetamine Salts Extended Release (Adderall XR) in Children and Adolescents with ADHD. A clinical trial within the Duke/ NIMH Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Trials Network (CAPTN).


2007- 2010

Principal Investigator, ASK-PARCA (Antidepressant Safety in Kids / Pharmacogenomics of Antidepressant Response in Children and Adolescents). A clinical trial within the Duke/ NIMH Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Trials Network (CAPTN).


December, 2009

Study Participant: Mt. Sinai Medical School Seaver Autism Research Center. fMRI studies on perception of pain in self and others for persons with autism, December, 2009: Anterior Cingulate and Fronto-Insular Related Brain Networks in Autism, and Behavioral testing of Cognition. Principle investigator Jin Fan, Ph.D., et. al.



Study Participant: Neece, C. L., Kraemer, B.R., & Blacher J. Transition satisfaction and family well-being among parents of young adults with a severe intellectual disability. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 31-43. 2009.



Food For Thought: The Possibility of Abuse. In Sicile-Kira, C., Autism Life Skills. Perigee, 2008.



Food for Thought: Why Medicate? In Sicile-Kira, C., Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum. Perigee, 2006.



Study Participant. Wieder S, Greenspan S. Can children with autism master the core deficits and become empathetic, creative, and reflective? A ten to fifteen-year follow-up of a subgroup of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) who received a comprehensive developmental, individual-difference, Relationship-based (DIR) approach. J Dev Learn Disord. 2005; 9 :1 -29.



Study Participant: Stanford University studies in fMRI for children with autism and related disorders on recognition of emotions in pictures of faces. Winter 2000. Resulted in paper: Piggot, J., Kwon, H., et. al. Emotional Attribution in High-Functioning Individuals With Autistic Spectrum Disorder: A Functional Imaging Study. J. Am. Acad. Child Adolesc. Psychiatry, 2004; 43(4):473-480. 

2004, 2002

Clinical Case Studies of Post-Secondary Student Interventionists Implementing DIR Programs. Journal of Developmental and Learning Disorders, 2004; (6): 49-70. 2002.


Group Intervention for Adolescents with Autism Spectrum and Regulatory Disorders. Submitted to the Journal of Developmental and Learning Disorders, 2003.


Autism Committee, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.


June, 1999

Practice Parameters For The Assessment And Treatment Of Children, Adolescents, And Adults With Autism And Other Pervasive Developmental Disorders. Volkmar F, Chair. American Academy of Child and Adolescent Society. Co-developer.



Attention Related Disorders and Pervasive Development Disorders Collaborative – another multidisciplinary team in parallel process to the Institute for Children, addressing the response of the health care system to the needs of these children. Includes representatives from Children’s Hospital, University of California at San Diego, and private professionals.



Examiner, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, for oral examination in general psychiatry (Dr. Ruiz’ team) and for the preschool/grade school portion of the child and adolescent psychiatry examination (Dr. Harmon’s team), 1995, 1997. Writing examination questions for the child psychiatry and recertification examinations.



Study Participant: Greenspan, S.I. and Wieder, S. Developmental Patterns and Outcomes in Infant and Children with Disorders in Relating and Communicating: A chart Review of 200 Cases with Autism Spectrum Disorders”. The Journal of Developmental and Learning Disorders., Volume 1, No. 1 (1997b): 87-141.



1993 – 1996

National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland; cooperative studies of pervasive developmental disorders in preschoolers; assisting with a multicenter study of adult attention deficit disorder; developing the concept of a new audiotape review series specific for child psychiatry; reviewer for the peer-reviewed journal Child Maltreatment.



Coordinator for the Braceland Conference, the annual Navy Psychiatry scientific meetings, at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, Miami, Florida.


1991 – 1992

Drugs and Kids. Developed and implemented a statewide drug abuse prevention program recognized by the mayor of Honolulu and the governor of Hawaii, later a nationwide model. Tripler Army Medical Center with the Hawaii State Bar Association. Honolulu, Hawaii.



Naval Blood Research Laboratory, Boston, Massachusetts. Bioassays of bacteriocidal properties of leukocytes which had been frozen, stored, and thawed.



Feder, J. Attitudes Toward Mammography and the Dissemination of Pertinent Information. University Hospital, Boston, MA, 1982-1983; Grant from the American Cancer Society. Eastern Student Research Forum, Miami, FL.



Feder, J. A Study in Embedding Field Theory: Numerical Analysis of the Non-Recurrent Gated Dipole. Boston University Center for Adaptive Systems, Boston, MA; Modeled self-evolving neuronal arousal systems mathematically, predicting the effect of stimulant medications in attention deficit disorder. Awarded distinction in mathematics.



Allied Chemical Corporation, Buffalo, New York. Studied oxygen uptake of perfluorinated hydrocarbons for use in the production of biologically manufactured pharmaceuticals.


January 2017

Reflective Parenting Program Level I.


2002 – 2014

HOPE Infant Family Support Program. Volunteer monthly case review and discussion, Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego Developmental Staff added in 2003- 2011. (Combined with ICDL work above).


2007 – 2009

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Liaison
Board of Directors, Canyon Crest Academy Foundation.


1998 to 2009

Consultant, Toddler School/ Alexa’s Play, Children’s Hospital and Health Center, San Diego, CA, beginning June.


2000- 2002

Volunteer Consultant to Solana Beach School District; Dad’s Connection, School Violence.


1998 -1999

Committee on Elder Services. San Diego Chapter, United Jewish Federation. Assisting in the allocation of funds for service programs for seniors.


Fall 1996

Volunteer Staff, teaching child and adolescent psychopathology, Naval Hospital, San Diego, CA.



Management Development Course, Bethesda, Maryland. Selected “Best Writer”.

1993 – 1996

Neurobehavioral medicine clinic in setting of a teaching institution for children with developmental disorders. NNMC 1993 – 1996.



Intermediate Navy Leadership Course, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.


1992 to present

Elementary school and child development center consultation in Hawaii, Maryland, and California1.



USS Raleigh, LPD-1, Norfolk, Virginia. Conducted mass casualty drills at sea. Reviewed heat stress and hearing conservation programs for military vessels.



Officer Indoctrination School, Newport, Rhode Island.



Behavioral work with adults with severe autism and related disorders.



Electrical instrument technician.



Daily care of children with severe neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g. congenital Rubella syndrome).

1979 – 1980

College teaching assistant in engineering.



Heavy industrial laborer.

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