The Carlat Report

Talking to Parents About Prescribing Stimulants

Because they work better than anything else to help kids focus, stimulant medications are standard treatments for ADHD. But when you suggest prescribing these medications, typically parents have questions and concerns, says Caroline Fisher, PhD, MD, Chief of Child Psychiatry at Samaritan Health Systems in Corvallis, OR. In an article

Understanding Study Types and Methodology

In a past article from The Carlat Psychiatry Report, Joshua Sonkiss, MD, Medical Director for Fairbanks Community Mental Health Services and Boys and Girls Home of Alaska in Fairbanks, reviewed and explained the different types of study designs.

Advice on Limiting Screen Time for Children

When used appropriately, screen media can be useful rather than harmful. But with children, there must be limits, says Mary G. Burke, MD of the Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation in San Francisco, who covered the topic in a past Carlat Child Psychiatry Report article. Since screen time can be addictive

About Dr. Joshua Feder

Dr. Joshua Feder is a child and family psychiatrist with an active clinical practice in Solana Beach, seeing infants through adults and their families to address neuropsychiatric challenges. Dr. Feder is also a Senior Expert for the Early Years in Belfast, traveling to conflict and post conflict regions to support peace building through early childhood care.

In addition Dr. Feder is a voluntary professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSD School of Medicine researching blended developmental-behavioral interventions for young children with challenges in social communication. His related work includes serving as Medical Director at SymPlay, LLC developing interactive technology and distance learning systems to support relationship-based interventions as well as consulting for other technology companies.

Dr. Feder also works at local, state and national levels advocating for patient choice in Evidence Based Practice. He helped write the first American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Practice Parameter for Assessment and Treatment of Autism and Related Disorders. He Co-Chaired the State of California South Counties Autism and Related Disorders Task Force and testifies in clinical and policy related related at the state and local levels.

From 2010-2014 Dr. Feder worked as Director of Research at the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning Disorders Graduate School PhD program in Infant Mental Health and Developmental Disorders, teaching courses in critical assessment of research, statistical thinking, biological treatments, and fostering student research in developmental approaches. Dr. Feder is known as an engaging speaker and teacher in classes and conferences. Many of his lectures can be found online and at

Circlestretch Resources


Supporting Young Children Growing Up In Areas Impacted By Armed Conflict

Young children in places impacted by armed conflict are at high risk for trauma. Caregivers (parents, relatives, daycare staff, and teachers) are under duress. How do we help the children be regulated and resilient?

Repetition in autism therapy: A closer look

Two years ago, a study found that repetition may limit scope in skills in people with autism. However, we know that kids need to repeat activities to learn. This leads to the question of what is good and what is bad repetition? For some answers, let’s hear Dr. Feder.

Current Primary Positions

1996 – present
Child and Family Psychiatrist Tertiary Outpatient and Neurobehavioral Medicine Private Practice
2013 – present
Senior Expert, International Network for Peace Building The Early Years, Belfast, Northern Ireland
July 2017 – present
Editor in Chief, The Carlat Child Psychiatry Report
2010 – present
Profectum – Faculty member, Medical Committee
Chair, Subcommittee on International Relations, Trauma Committee, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
2000 – present
Associate Professor, Voluntary, Department of Psychiatry University of California at San Diego School of Medicine
2016 – present
Adjunct Professor, Fielding Graduate University, PhD Program in Infant and Early Childhood and Development

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