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Autism and Medication with Dr. Joshua Feder

  by ​D. Brown​ | Apr 23, 2018 | ​DIR Practice​, ​Podcast​, ​Video blog Key Take-Aways PDF Last December, we spoke with ​Dr. Joshua Feder about ​repetition in autism therapy​. He returns today to speak with us from his practice in Solana Beach, California about autism and medication. Is medication

The Blessings of a Bad Review

Google me.  See my one-star reviews. Like skulls on a beach, most from a weathered past, they warn: ‘Beware. Stay away! No guarantees here. Come only if you must.’ An awful sight. Pit in my stomach. Cold damp skin. I rack my head: ‘Who wrote this? Can I fix it?’ 

The Carlat Report

Quick Take Issue Video – Depression in Children and Adolescents

Editor-in-Chief of the Carlat Child Psychiatry Report, Dr. Joshua D. Feder, discusses the latest issue about depression in children and adolescents. The double issue features an expert interviews with Danella Hafeman, MD, PhD and Calvin Colarusso, MD.

Antipsychotics and Aggressive Children With ADHD

The TOSCA study focused on children with severe ADHD, who also met criteria for oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) or conduct disorder (CD). These children tend not to do as well with stimulants alone and often end up being prescribed antipsychotics, typically second generation antipsychotics (SGA’s). TOSCA was devised to help

Quick Take Issue Video – Autism in Children and Adolescents

Editor-in-Chief of the Carlat Child Psychiatry Report, Dr. Joshua D. Feder, discusses the latest issue about autism in children and adolescents. The issue features an expert interview with Dr. Serena Wieder.

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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 Editor in Chief of the Carlat Child Psychiatry Report, a continuing education publication founded on transparency.  He serves on the Trauma and Disaster Committee of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), consults in regions impacted by armed conflict as a Senior Expert for the Early Years International Network for Peacebuilding with Young Children, and works with volunteer clinicians providing international training in developmental approaches to trauma in a pay-it-forward effort called Resilience Through Relationships.


Dr. Feder is an Adjunct Professor at Fielding Graduate University School of Leadership Studies PhD Program in Infant and Early Childhood Development, developing a research incubator students and faculty, and a voluntary professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSD School of Medicine supporting research on blended developmental-behavioral interventions for young children with challenges in social communication and social skills for people in transition to adulthood. Dr. Feder serves as Medical Director at SymPlay, LLC developing interactive technology and distance learning systems to support relationship-based interventions as well as providing guidance for other technology companies in areas related to autism and social communication.


Dr. Feder works at local, state and national levels advocating for patient choice in Evidence Based Practicein legislative and forensic settings. He helped write the first AACAP Practice Parameter for Assessment and Treatment of Autism and Related Disorders, and currently serves on the Policy Workgroup of the AACAP Autism and Intellectual Disabilities Committee. Dr. Feder Co-Chaired the State of California South Counties Autism and Related Disorders Task Force and testifies in clinical and policy related at the state and local levels. Dr. Feder is known as an engaging speaker and teacher in classes and conferences. Many of his lectures can be found online on his website www.joshuafedermd.com/circlestretch.

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Current Primary Positions

Child and Family Psychiatrist Tertiary Outpatient and Neurobehavioral Medicine Private Practice
1996 – present

Adjunct Professor, Fielding Graduate University
School of Leadership Studies, PhD Program in Infant and Early Childhood and Development
Head, Infant and Early Childhood and Development Research Incubator
2016 – present

Associate Professor, Voluntary, Department of Psychiatry
University of California at San Diego School of Medicine
2000 – present

Editor in Chief, The Carlat Child Psychiatry Report
July 2017 – present

Senior Expert, International Network for Peace Building with Young Children The Early Years, Belfast, Northern Ireland
2013 – present

Medical Director, SymPlay, LLC – family games for autism
2010 – present

Founding Member and Chair, Policy Committee
California Association of Infant Mental Health
2017 – present

Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning – Faculty member and Advocacy Commmittee
1999 – present

Profectum – Faculty member, Medical Committee
2014 – present

Chair, Subcommittee on International Relations, Trauma Committee, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
2014 – present

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