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Joshua D. Feder, MD - Fielding Graduate University. Solana Beach, CA, US

Joshua D. Feder, MD

Affiliate Faculty - Infant & Early Childhood Development - School of Psychology | Fielding Graduate University


Senior Expert, Early Years. Clinical practice, teaching, research, advocacy, and tech development.



Joshua D. Feder, MD Publication






Dr. Joshua Feder is a child and family psychiatrist with an active clinical practice in Solana Beach, California. As an Associate Clinical Professor at University of California at San Diego School of Medicine, and a Senior Associate Member of the International Network on Peace Building with Young Children, Dr. Feder develops programs, conducts research, and works with clinicians, caregivers and children to promote regulation, social communication, and learning and he is engaged in peace building through support to early childhood development in regions impacted by conflict.

Dr. Feder advocates nationally and internationally on issues related to peace building, informed consent, and Evidence Based Practices, and he serves as Medical Director at SymPlay, developing interactive technology and distance learning systems to support relationship-based interventions.

Dr. Feder currently serves as adjunct faculty in the Infant & Early Childhood Development Program at Fielding Graduate University. He is known as an engaging speaker. Many of his lectures can be found online through joshuafedermd.com and at circlestretch.com.

Industry Expertise (8)



Health and Wellness

Mental Health Care

Program Development

Professional Training and Coaching

Training and Development

Writing and Editing

Areas of Expertise (6)

Clinical Child and Family Psychiatry

Developmental and Learning Challenges

Research in Relationship Based Interventions

Peace Building in Conflict Zones

Reflective Practice

Technology Development for Supporting Relationships

Accomplishments (5)

Teacher of the Year, National Naval Medical Center Dept of Psychiatry (professional)


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United Way Health Hero (professional)


Health Hero, Medical Professional/Researcher category

Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association (professional)


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Faculty Award, ICDL (professional)


Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders

Top Docs Award, Psychiatry (professional)


San Diego Magazine

Education (2)

Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA: MD, Medicine 1986

John M. Murray Prize for Psychiatry National Dean's List Commonwealth Fund Student

Boston University, Boston, MA: Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics 1982

Distinction in Applied Mathematics Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society

Affiliations (8)

  • Graphic Medicine
  • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Early Years: The Organisation for Young Children Belfast Northern Ireland
  • Early Childhood Mental Health Leaders Consortium San Diego County
  • DIR/Floortime Coaliton of California
  • Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA) UC San Diego
  • Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders
  • Autism Society of America Life Member

Media Appearances (4)

Kim, Tearful: A Graphic Novella of Developmental Intervention

Circlestretch.com  online


Dr. Joshua Feder presents his graphic novella on the topic of developmental intervention.

PBS Interview for Hiding In Plain Sight: Autism Research Unmasks Gender Disparities

PBS  tv


Dr. Joshua Feder gives a PBS interview on the topic of autism research that unmasks gender disparities

Autism and Divorce

ESPN  tv


Dr. Joshua Feder gives an interview on ESPN on the topic of autism and divorce


Bass Clef Blues Drama House Productions  tv


Dr. Joshua Feder makes a film appearance to discuss Autism. Produced by Patrick Scott.

Articles (6)

(2016) Parent Perceptions of an adapted evidence-based practice for toddlers with autism in a community setting


With Stahmer, A.C., Brookman-Frazee, L., Rieth, S.R., Trigeiro Stoner, J., Searcy, K. & Wang, T. Although date from parent-implemented Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Interventions have shown positive effects on decreasing core symptoms of autism, there has been limited examination of the effectiveness of Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Interventions in community settings. In addition, parent perspectives of their involvement in parent-implemented early intervention programs have not been well studied...Data indicate that parent training by community providers is feasible and well received, and parents find value in participating in intervention and perceive benefit for their children.

Medication Strategies for Helping People with Autism Spectrum

The Carlat Child Psychiatry Report



Autism Spectrum Disorder in DSM-5: Change and Challenges

San Diego Elder Law Center: Serving Elder and Disability Communities



Evaluating a Collaborative iPad Game’s Impact on Social Relationships for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing (TACCESS)


Louanne e. Boyd, Joshua D. Feder, et al. ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing (TACCESS), Vol. 7, No.1, Article 3: Report of successful research by Univerity of California at Irvine demonstrating efficacy of Zody’s World: The Clock Catastrophe in supporting social communication in pairs of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Provided consultation on conceptualization and design of research along with ongoing product support.

Early Years International Network for Peace Building with Young Children Mission to Israel



Mission Report by 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.

Support for Community Based Research

The International Journal of Autism


Letter to the editor co-written by Cooper, T, Feder, J, Shanker, S, Wilson, D.