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Research, Tech & Scholarly Positions


July 2021

Affiliated Faculty, San Diego Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Related Disabilities program

Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, Palestinian Child Institute, An-Najah National University, Nablus


July 2017 – present

Editor in Chief, The Carlat Child Psychiatry Report.


Winter 2017 – present

Founder and Director, Research Incubator , Fielding Graduate University PhD Program in Infant and Early Childhood and Development Research Incubator. Multiple students and faculty research projects.


2014 – present

Active Collaborative Hub for Individuals with ASD to Enhance Vocation and Education (ACHIEVE) Community Research Collaborative with the University of California at San Diego and Rady Children's Hospital. Consultant provider on social communication to Supported Employment Cognitive Enhancement Social Skills (SECCESS) project.


2010 – present

Medical Director, SymPlay, Division, Quicksilver Software, Inc. Creating innovative technologies devoted to the development of social communication for people with developmental challenges. In collaboration with Quicksilver Software Incorporated and University of California, Irvine. Project consultant for technology accessibility, as well as on the Children’s Online Parental Permissions Act (COPPA, 1998, 2013) Intellivision. December, 2018 - present.


2021- present

Medical Advisor, Beyond Imagination.


2007 – present

Chair, Training Committee, BRIDGE Collaborative, San Diego, CA (Bond, Regulate, Interact, Develop, Grow, Engage) R21 grant awarded 2009, studying community collaboration in the development of a new program that partners with families, providers and funding sources (public and private) to identify and intervene with children at risk for developmental disorders at the earliest possible times for better outcomes. Responsible for incorporating community values and principles including affective engagement, affective communication, sensorimotor and praxis, and reflective process into Project ImPACT for use in the community-wide pilot intervention program.


2010 – 2014

Director of Research, Graduate School, Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders.


2004 – present

Organization for Autism Research (OAR): research grant reviewer.


2005 – 2018

Study Participant, various studies, Interactive Autism Network.


2005 – present

National Foundation for Autism Research: grant reviewer.


2007 – 2013

Director of Technology Development, Vine Engineering and Design Start-up by high school students exploring areas of green energy, science education, and bio-robotics. Possible use of company patented technology for the Lighting Africa project. Solana Beach, CA.


Fall 2009 – 2010

Co-Principal Investigator, San Diego Regional Center/ Imperial Valley/ Easter Seals/ P.L.A.Y. Project/ UCSD/ NFAR research initiative. Organizing and researching cost-effective early intervention services for underserved families in Southern California.


2010 – present

The Observer Effect: research in real-time assessment of the play. Developing industry-institutional relationships and mechanisms for cooperative research. ICDL/ (now SymPlay, LLC). 


2011 – 2013

Principal Investigator, NIMH/ Duke University Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Trials Network (CAPTN). 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. Pfizer.


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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