Maurice Feldman

Professor

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

905-688-5550 x4894
maurice.feldman@brocku.ca

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Prof. Feldman will not be accepting MA students in 2022-23.

Dr. Maurice Feldman is a Professor in the Dept. of Applied Disability Studies and cross-appointed to the Dept. of Child and Youth Studies. He is a registered clinical psychologist in Ontario and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (Doctoral level). He has over 160 peer-review publications and 250 invited addresses, conference presentations/posters, and workshops. He is considered a world-leader on parenting by persons with learning difficulties. The evidence-based Step-by-Step© Parenting Program he and his colleagues developed and evaluated is emulated worldwide. He conducts parenting assessments of parents with learning difficulties and has written the only book on this topic (Feldman & Aunos, 2010). He provides both in person and virtual workshops to train workers in the Step-by-Step© Parenting Program. To learn more about the Step-by-Step Parenting Program, please visit https://brocku.ca/social-sciences/applied-disability-studies/step-by-step-parenting-program/. In addition to his work in parenting, Dr. Feldman has additional clinical expertise and conducts research in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and intellectual disabilities. He is the lead researcher in the design and validation of a parent-report screener to track early infant development called the Parent Observation of Early Markers Scale (POEMS). The POEMS predicts ASD diagnosis as early as 9 months of age in at-risk children (Feldman et al., 2012) and is used to identify treatment targets for parent-mediated interventions for infants and young children at-risk for ASD (Azzano et al., 2022). Prof. Feldman has also published research on the rights of persons with disabilities and treatment of severe behaviour disorders in persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

He is a Brock Distinguished Researcher and Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association. He held a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Investigator Award and the Brock Chancellor’s Chair of Research Excellence. He received the United States National Distinguished Disability Researcher Award as well as career research awards from the Ontario Association for Developmental Disabilities (OADD), the Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis (ONTABA) and The Association for Successful Parenting (TASP). He received the Hull-Roeher lifetime achievement award from OADD. He was a special advisor to the United States President’s Committee on Intellectual Disabilities, a visiting scholar at the University of Sydney (Australia), Parenting Research Centre (Melbourne, Australia), and the British Psychological Society. He serves as an expert consultant to numerous government departments and service providers. His work has been highlighted in the Canadian and U.S. media.

  • 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
  • Feldman, M.A., Azzano, A., Vause, T.C., & Ward, R.A. (in press). Early intervention for children at-risk for autism spectrum disorder. In J. Matson & P. Sturmey (eds.), Handbook of autism and pervasive developmental disorder. Chapter 39. Springer.
  • 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
  • Cox, A., Davis, S., & Feldman, M.A. (in press). Medication training for behavior analysts. Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice
  • Azzano, A., Ward, R.A, Vause, T., & Feldman, M.A. (in press). Parent-mediated targeted intervention for young children at-risk for autism spectrum disorder. Infants & Young Children.
  • Guertin, E. L., Vause, T., Thomson, K., Frijters, J. C., & Feldman, M. A. (in press). Overlapping symptoms in obsessive compulsive disorder and autism spectrum disorder: A behavior analytic conceptual framework. Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice.
  • McConnell, D., Laliberte, T., Aunos, M., Pacheco, L., Feldman, M., Savage, A., Hahn, L. (in press). Screening for parental intellectual disability: A first step in planning and delivering adapted family and social services. Journal of Family Social Work.
  • McConnell, D., More, R., Pacheco, L., Aunos, M., Hahn, L. & Feldman, M. (2021). Childhood experience, family support and parenting by people with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability. https://doi.org/10.3109/13668250.2021.1929880
  • Pacheco, L., Aunos, M., & Feldman, M., & McConnell, D. (2021). Reasonable efforts? Child maltreatment investigations and service referrals of parents with ascribed cognitive impairments in Canada. Child Maltreatment, 1-10 (published online). https://doi.org/10.1177/10775595211001109
  • Chartier, K., McGowan, N., Ng, O., Makela, T., Legree, M., & Feldman, M. (2020). Impact of legislated quality assurance measures for interventions for adults with intellectual disabilities and challenging behaviour. Journal on Developmental Disabilities. 25(2). Online first (Nov. 2, 2020)
  • 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. (2018). 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
  • Feldman, M., & Surrey Place Parent Enhancement Program (2021). Step-by-step parenting program manual:  Basic child-care, health, safety, and parent-child interactions for parents and caregivers of children zero-three years of age (2nd Edition)
  • Feldman, M.A. (2021). The Family Game: Enhancing parent-child cooperation and rapport to parents with learning problems. Third Edition.
  • 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. Family and Disability Studies, 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. (2021, Nov.) Empowering families: Parent early detection and intervention of autism signs in infants and young children. Faculty of Social Wellbeing, University of Malta, Malta.
  • 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
  • Shingleton-Smith, C., Feldman, M., Azzano, A., Koudys, J., O’Neill, P., & Randhawa, A. (2021, Feb.) General case parent-mediated telehealth intervention for young children at risk for autism spectrum disorder. The Association for Behavior Analysis International 15th Annual Autism Conference, online.
  • Shingleton-Smith, C., Feldman, M., Azzano, A., Koudys, J., O’Neill, P., & Randhawa, A. (2021, Apr.). Early intervention research in the time of COVID: Possibilities through telehealth. Research Special Interest Group Research Day, Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities Annual Conference, online.
  • Azzano, A., Ward, W., Feldman, M., & Vause, T. (2020, Dec.). Parent-mediated early intervention via telehealth for a young child at-risk for autism. In M. Feldman, Chair, Telehealth parent-mediated interventions for children at risk for ASD. ONTABA Annual Conference (online)
  • Shingleton-Smith, C., Feldman, M., Azzano, A., Koudys, J., O’Neill, P., & Randhawa, A. (2020, Dec.). General-case parent-mediated intervention for young children at-risk for ASD via telehealth. In M. Feldman, Chair, Telehealth parent-mediated interventions for children at risk for ASD. ONTABA Annual Conference (online)
  • 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. (2022, Feb.-Mar.). Step-by-step parenting program: Preventing child neglect through behaviourally-based intervention for parents with learning difficulties. Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa. Online
  • Feldman, M. (2021, Nov.). Step-by-Step Parenting Program: Preventing and ameliorating child neglect through competence-based intervention for parents with learning difficulties. Sonia Tanti Independent Living Centre, Aġenzija Sapport, Malta. In person
  • Feldman, M. (2021, Sep.). Step-by-Step Parenting Program: Preventing child neglect through competence-based assessment & intervention for parents with learning difficulties. Community Care (Rhode Island). Online.
  • Feldman, M. (2021, May). Step-by-Step Parenting Program: Preventing child neglect in at-risk families. Options (Oregon). Online.
  • Feldman, M. (2021, Jan.-Feb.). Step-by-Step Parenting Program: Improving parenting skills in parents with learning difficulties. Community Care (Rhode Island). Online.
  • 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.