Maurice Feldman

Professor

Ph.D., C. Psych, BCBA-D

Office: TH 146L
905-688-5550 x4894
maurice.feldman@brocku.ca

ResearchGate – Maurice Feldman

Step By Step Parenting Program

Prof. Feldman will not be accepting MA students in 2021.

Prof. Feldman is a scientist-practitioner with expertise in behaviour disorders, autism, developmental disabilities, child maltreatment, and parenting. He has published extensively in peer-review journals and books, and has given numerous addresses and workshops. He held the Brock University Chancellor’s Chair in Research Excellence and is a Brock Distinguished Researcher. He received a Career Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the National Distinguished Disability Researcher Award in the United States.

He is a leading expert in parenting by persons with learning difficulties, having designed and scientifically validated the evidence-based Step-by-Step Parenting Program© emulated worldwide. Three Step-by-Step manuals are available free of charge (contact Prof. Feldman at mfeldman@brocku.ca). The Step-by-Step manual is for teaching child-care and interaction skills to parents with newborns, infants, toddlers and preschoolers. The 230 page manual consists of task analysis checklists and picture books illustrating step-by-step parenting skills. The Family Game© is the second manual. It is for teaching parents of children from 2 to 10 years old how to promote positive parent-child relationships and prosocial child behaviour. The third Step-by-Step publication, Comprehensive competence-based parenting capacity assessment for parents with learning difficulties, also is  available from Prof. Feldman This book provides an alternative, more balanced and fair parenting assessment approach for parents with learning difficulties than current typical practices.

In addition to his ongoing work in parents with learning difficulties, Prof. Feldman is leading an international team investigating early screening of and intervention for infants at risk for autism. Prof. Feldman and Dr. Rebecca Ward designed and evaluated the Parent Observation of Early Markers Scale (POEMS). Using the POEMS parents have been able to detect, as early as nine months of age, which at-risk infants would be eventually diagnosed with autism. The POEMS is available in English and Chinese to researchers who would like to replicate and extend the POEMS findings. Prof. Feldman and colleagues now are evaluating parent-mediated interventions for infants and young children at risk for autism.

  • Child maltreatment and parenting, particularly related to child neglect and parents with learning difficulties.
  • Early identification and intervention for children with or at risk for developmental, behavioural, emotional, psychiatric, and school problems.
  • Atypical development, including autism spectrum disorders, intellectual and developmental disabilities, developmental psychopathology, dual diagnosis.
  • Positive behavioural interventions for severe behaviour disorders.
  • Parent, teacher and staff training.
  • Human rights and disabilities.
  • Feldman, M.A., & Aunos, M. (2010). Comprehensive competence-based parenting capacity assessment for parents with learning difficulties. Kingston, NY: NADD Press.
  • Griffiths, D., Vyrostko, B., Bennett, S., Feldman, M., Gallagher, T., Marinos, V., Owen, F.,  Richards, D., Tarulli, D., & Watson, S. (Eds.) (2011). Human rights agenda: An action plan to advance the rights of persons with intellectual disabilities. Welland, ON: 3Rs Community-University Research Alliance.
  • Feldman, M.A. (Ed.). (2004).  Early intervention: The essential readings. Oxford, UK: Blackwell
  • Aunos, M. & Feldman, M.A. (in press). Parenting by persons with intellectual disabilities. R. Condillac, I. Brown & M. Percy (Eds), Developmental disabilities in Ontario. Fourth Edition. Toronto, ON: OADD.
  • Vause, T., Neil, N., & Feldman, M.A. (2020). Functional behavior assessment and cognitive-behavior therapy for obsessive-compulsive behavior in children and youth with ASD. In F.R. Volkmar (Ed.), Encyclopedia of autism spectrum disorders. New York: Springer
  • Aunos, M., Feldman, M.A., Callow, E., Laliberte, T., &.Lightfoot, L. (2017). Parenting by people with intellectual disability. In M. L. Wehmeyer, I. Brown, M. Percy, K. Shogren & A. Fung (Eds.) A comprehensive guide to intellectual and developmental disabilities. 2nd Ed.  Pp. 609-630Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes.
  • Griffiths, D., Owen, F., Hamelin, J., Feldman, M.A., Condillac, R.A., & Frijters, J. (2017). History of institutionalization: general background. In D. Griffiths, F. Owen & R. Condillac (Eds.). A difficult dream: Ending institutionalization for persons with intellectual disabilities. Kingston, NY: NADD Press.
  • Griffiths, D., Owen, F., Hamelin, J., Feldman, M.A., Condillac, R.A., & Frijters, J. (2017). Impact of deinstitutionalization on the lives of persons with intellectual disabilities. In D. Griffiths, F. Owen & R. Condillac (Eds.). A difficult dream: Ending institutionalization for persons with intellectual disabilities. Kingston, NY: NADD Press.
  • Griffiths, D., Owen, F., Hamelin, J., Feldman, M.A., Condillac, R.A., & Frijters, J. (2017). Critiques and concerns regarding deinstitutionalization on the lives of persons with intellectual disabilities. In D. Griffiths, F. Owen & R. Condillac (Eds.). A difficult dream: Ending institutionalization for persons with intellectual disabilities. Kingston, NY: NADD Press.
  • Griffiths, D., Owen, F., Hamelin, J., Feldman, M.A., Condillac, R.A., & Frijters, J. (2017). Emerging changes in the deinstitutionalization process. In D. Griffiths, F. Owen & R. Condillac (Eds.). A difficult dream: Ending institutionalization for persons with intellectual disabilities. Kingston, NY: NADD Press.
  • Feldman, M.A., & Tahir, M. (2016). Skills training for parents with intellectual disabilities. In N. Singh (Ed.), Handbook of evidence-based practices for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Pp. 613-631. New York: Springer.
  • Chartier, K., McGowan, N., Ng, O., Makela, T., Legree, M., & Feldman, M. (in press). Impact of legislated quality assurance measures for interventions for adults with intellectual disabilities and challenging behaviour. Journal on Developmental Disabilities.
  • Feldman, M.A, & Aunos, M. (2020). Recent trends and future directions in research regarding parents with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Current Developmental Disorders Reports. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40474-020-00204-y (invited).
  • McConnell, D., Aunos, M., Pacheco, L., & Feldman, M. (2020). Child welfare interventions: Main and moderating effects of caregiver cognitive impairment. Child Maltreatment, 1-11. DOI: 10.1177/1077559520910806
  • Vause, T., Jaksic, H., Neil, N., Frijters, J.C., Jackiewicz, G., & Feldman, M.A. (2020). Functional behavior-based cognitive-behavioral therapy for obsessive compulsive behavior in children with autism spectrum disorder: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 50(7), 2375-2388. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-018-3772-x.
  • Feldman, M.A., Azzano, A., Ward, R.A., Hudson, M., Sjaarda, C.P., & Liu, X. (2019). Relationship of family history conditions and early signs of autism spectrum disorder in low and high-risk infants. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 65, 25-33. doi.org/10.1016/j.rasd.2019.05.002
  • Guertin, E., Vause, T., Jaksic, H., Frijters, J., & Feldman, M.A. (2019). Treating obsessive compulsive behavior and enhancing peer engagement in a preschooler with intellectual disability. Behavioral Interventions, 34, 19-29. doi: 10.1002/bin.1646
  • Jaksic, H., Vause, T., Frijters, J.C., & Feldman, M.A. (in press). Comparison of a novel application of hierarchical linear modeling and nonparametric analysis for single subject designs. Behaviour Analysis: Research and Practice, 18, 203-218. doi.org/10.1037/bar0000091
  • Gosse, L., Griffiths, D., Owen, F., & Feldman, M.A. (2017). Impact of an individualized planning approach on personal outcomes and supports for persons with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 14, 198–204. doi: 10.1111/jppi.12209
  • Vause, T., Neil, N., Yates, H., Jackiewicz, G., & Feldman, M.A. (2017). Preliminary randomized trial of function-based cognitive-behavioural therapy to treat obsessive compulsive behaviour in children with autism spectrum disorder. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 32, 218–228. DOI: 10.1177/1088357615588517
  • McConnell, D., Feldman, M., Aunos, M. (2017). Parents and parenting with intellectual disabilities: An expanding field of research. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 30, 420–422. DOI: 10.1111/jar.12362 (Editorial)
  • Callow, E., Tahir, M. & Feldman, M.A. (2017). Judicial reliance on parental IQ in appellate level child welfare cases involving parents with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 30, 553–562. DOI: 10.1111/jar.12296
  • Neil, N., Vause, T., Jaksic, H., & Feldman, M.A. (2017). Effects of group functional behaviour-based cognitive-behavioural therapy for obsessive-compulsive behaviour in a youth with autism spectrum disorder. Child & Family Behaviour Therapy, 39, 179–190. DOI: 10.1080/07317107.2017.1338448
  • de Oliveira, M.A., Jaksic, H., Lee, M., Wightman, J.K., Wang, C.Q., Martin, T.L., Yu, C.T., Vause, T., Feldman, M.A., &. Pear, J.J. (2016). The effects of student peer review on the efficacy of computer-aided system of instruction to teach discrete trials teaching. Journal on Developmental Disabilities, 22, 80-90.
  • McConnell, D., Feldman, M., Aunos, M., Pacheco, L., Savage, A., Hahn, L., Dubé ,C., Chenier, S. & Park, E. (2016). Ameliorating psychosocial risk among mothers with intellectual impairment. Community Mental Health Journal52, 944–953. DOI: 10.1007/s10597-015-9979-9
  • Wang, C. Q., Hudson, M., Liu, X., Ward, R. & Feldman, M. A. (2016). Parent prediction of autism spectrum disorder in infants at risk: A follow-up study. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25(12), 3593-3606. DOI: 10.1007/s10826-016-0508-4
  • Feldman, M.A., Owen, F., Andrews, A.E., Tahir, M., Barber, R., Griffiths, D. (2016). Randomized control trial of the 3Rs health knowledge training program for persons with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 29, 278-288. DOI: 10.1111/jar.12186
  • Feldman, M.A., (2020).  Step-by-step child-care: A manual for parents and child-care providers (2nd Edition). St. Catharines, ON: Author.
  • McConnell, D., Feldman, M., Aunos, M., Pacheco, L. (2017). Child welfare process and outcomes for children of parents with cognitive impairment [II]: Findings from the CIS_2008. University of Alberta. http://www.fdsa.ualberta.ca.
  • McConnell, D., Feldman, M., Aunos, M., Pacheco, L., Savage, A., Hahn, L. … Park, E. (2015). Enhancing the social connectedness of mothers with intellectual impairment. Alberta pilot of the Supported Learning Program. University of Alberta. http://www.fdsa.ualberta.ca.
  • Ignatova, E., Feldman, M., & Condillac, R. (2019). Province-wide survey of the impact of legislated quality assurance measures on services for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities and challenging behaviours. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 63 (7), Special Issue: Future4All, 686.
  • Pacheco, L., Aunos, M., McConnell, D., & Feldman, M. (2019). Building effective support networks to parents with intellectual impairments: understanding the training and resource needs of workers. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 63 (7), Special Issue: Future4All, 777-778.
  • McConnell, D., Pacheco, L., Aunos, M., & Feldman, M. (2019). Partner relationships of mothers with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 63 (7), Special Issue: Future4All, 782.
  • Hahn, L., McConnell, D., Aunos, M., Feldman, M., & Pacheco, L. (2019). Perceived support and service needs of parents with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 63 (7), Special Issue: Future4All, 784-785.
  • Feldman, M.A. (2019, Aug.) Contextual factors and current parenting interaction model. Keynote address. In Aunos, M., & Feldman, M. A. Parenting model and parenting capacity assessments: What do we know and where should we be going? Academy Workshop, The World Congress of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Glasgow, Scotland (this was a full-day symposium of the top researchers in the field presenting their recent studies based on or inspired by my work)
  • Feldman, M.A., & Ward, R.A. (2019, Oct.). Parent early detection and intervention of ASD Signs in Infants At-Risk. Research Exchange Group on Autism, Memorial University, St. John’s, NL
  • Feldman, M.A. (2017, Nov.). Overview of appropriate parenting assessments for parents with learning difficulties. Family Inclusion Network Victoria and Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with Disability Conference. Melbourne, Australia.
  • Feldman, M.A. (2017, Nov.). An overview of international research and approaches to working with parents with intellectual disabilities. Family Inclusion Network Victoria and Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with Disability Conference. Melbourne, Australia.
  • Feldman, M.A. (2017, Oct.). Can parents detect early signs of autism spectrum disorder in at-risk infants? Qingdao University, Qingdao, China
  • Feldman, M.A. (2017, Feb.). Contextual analysis of child protection and child outcomes in families led by parents with intellectual disabilities. Surrey Place Centre, Grand Rounds, Toronto
  • Kalil, D.,  Bishop, C., Jaksic, H., Vause, T., Neil, N., Frijters, J., & Feldman, M. (2020, May) Functional behavior-based cognitive behavior therapy for obsessive compulsive behaviors in autism spectrum disorder: A mixed methods analysis of children 5 to 7 years later. Association for Behaviour Analysis International (ABAI) Annual Convention (online).
  • Azzano, A., Ward, R., Vause, T.C., & Feldman, M.A. (2020, May). Parent-mediated targeted intervention via telehealth for a young child at-risk for autism spectrum disorder. In P. Sturmey, Chair, Symposium on Training Caregivers, Part I: Working with Young Children. Association for Behaviour Analysis International (ABAI) Annual Convention (online).
  • Ignatova, E., Feldman, M., & Condillac, R. (2019, Aug.). Province-wide survey of the impact of legislated quality assurance measures on services for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities and challenging behaviours. The World Congress of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Glasgow, Scotland
  • Azzano, A., Feldman, M., Ward, R., Vause, T. (2019, May). Parent-mediated targeted intervention for infants at-risk for autism spectrum disorder. Presented at the Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, Chicago, IL.
  • Vause, T.C., Yates, H., Neil, N.M. Frijters, J., Jackiewicz, G., & Feldman, M.A. (2019, May). A blended approach of cognitive-behavior therapy and applied behavior analysis for obsessive compulsive behavior. Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, Chicago, IL.
  • Guertin, E., Vause, T.C., Frijters, J., & Feldman, M.A. (2019, May). A behavior analytic conceptual framework for the assessment and treatment of obsessive compulsive behaviors. Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, Chicago, IL.
  • Jaksic, H., Bishop, C.D., Kalil, D., Vause, T.C., Neil, N.M., Frijters, J., Feldman, M.A., (2019, May). Cognitive behavioural therapy to treat obsessive-compulsive behaviours in children with autism: a 5-7 year follow-up. Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, Chicago, IL.
  • Feldman, M. (2019, Jul.). Introduction to outcome evaluation. Bethesda Services, Grimsby, ON
  • Feldman, M. (2019, Mar.). Giving at-risk parents a real chance through parenting training: The Step-by-Step Parenting Program. The Applied Behavior Analysis Center, LLC (webinar).
  • Feldman, M. (2018, Jan.). Step-by-Step Parenting Program: Improving parenting skills in parents with learning difficulties. The Advocacy Network on Disabilities. Miami, FL.
  • Feldman, M. (2017, Dec.). Step-by-Step Parenting Program: Preventing child neglect through competence-based assessment & intervention for parents with learning difficulties. Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Feldman, M. (2017, Dec.). Step-by-Step Parenting Program: Preventing child neglect through competence-based assessment & intervention for parents with learning difficulties. Parenting Research Centre. Sydney, Australia.
  • Feldman, M. (2017, Nov.). Step-by-Step Parenting Program: Preventing child neglect through competence-based assessment & intervention for parents with learning difficulties. Parenting Research Centre. Melbourne, Australia.
  • Feldman, M. (2017, Nov.). Strategies for parents and teachers of children with ASD and severe challenging behaviour. IASSIDD Academy Workshop, National College for Education, Hanoi, Viet Nam.
  • Feldman, M. (2017, Sep.). Generalized case training for parents of children with ASD. Centre for Behavioural Health Sciences, Ontario Autism Program, Newmarket, ON
  • Feldman, M. (2017, Sep.). Generalized case training for mediators supporting children, youth and adults with challenging behaviour. Centre for Behavioural Health Sciences, Behaviour Therapy Services, Newmarket, ON
  • Feldman, M. (2017, Jun.). Motivating parents and increasing treatment adherence. Grandview Children’s Centre, Oshawa, ON.
  • Feldman, M. (2017, Jun.). Generalized behaviour skills training for parents of children with ASD. Grandview Children’s Centre, Oshawa, ON.
  • Feldman, M. (2017, Mar.). Resolving ethical dilemmas using the BACB Professional and Ethical Compliance Code. Centre for Behavioural Health Science. Richmond Hill, ON.