Maurice Feldman

Department Chair & Graduate Program Director

Professor

Maurice Feldman

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

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

ResearchGate – Maurice Feldman

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. Two 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, is available from NADD Press (www.thenadd.org) and 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.

  • 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., 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. 609-630. Baltimore: 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.
  • 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,
  • 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 Journal, 52, 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
  • Chartier, K.M., & Feldman, M.A. (2015). Outcome evaluation of a specialized treatment home for adults with dual diagnosis. Journal on Developmental Disabilities,21, 69-82.
  • Tahir, M., Sword, C. & Feldman, M.A. (2015). Evaluation of a game-based parent education intervention to increase positive parent-child interactions in parents with learning difficulties. Behaviour Analysis: Research and Practice, 15, 187-200.
  • Vause, T., Hoekstra, S., & Feldman, M.A. (2015). Evaluation of individual function-based cognitive-behaviour therapy for obsessive compulsive disorder in children with high functioning autism. Journal on Developmental Disabilities, 20(3), 30-41.
  • Vause, T., Neil, N., Yates, H., Jackiewicz, G., & Feldman, M.A. (2015). 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. DOI: 10.1177/1088357615588517
  • Feldman, M.A., Hendry, A.M., Ward, R.A., Hudson, M. & Liu, X. (2015). Comparison of the behavioural development and sociodemographics between infants and young children at higher and lower risk for autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45(5), 1167-1175. DOI: 10.1007/s10803-014-2277-5
  • Feldman, M.A., Bosett, J., Collet, C., & Burnham Riosa, P. (2014). Where are persons with intellectual disabilities in medical research? A survey of medical clinical trials. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 58, 800-809. doi: 10.1111/jir.12091
  • Starke, M., Wade, C., Feldman, M.A., & Mildon, R. (2013). Parenting with disabilities: experiences from implementing a parenting support programme in Sweden. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 17, 145-156.
  • Feldman, M.A., Battin, S.M., Shaw, O.A. & Luckasson, R. (2012). Inclusion of children with disabilities in mainstream child development research. Disability and Society. 28(7): 997-1011. DOI:10.1080/09687599.2012.748647
  • Feldman, M.A., Owen, F., Andrews, A.E., Hamelin, J.P., Barber, R., Griffiths, D. (2012). Health self-advocacy training for persons with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 56 (Part II), 1110-1121. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2788.2012.01626.x
  • Feldman, M.A., McConnell, D., Aunos, M. (2012). Parental cognitive impairment, mental health and child outcomes in a child protection population. Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 5 (1), 66-90. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19315864.2011.587632  (invited peer-review).
  • Feldman, M., Ward, R.A., Regehr, K.D., Savona, D., Parker, K., Hudson, M., Penny, H., & Holden, J.J.A. (2012). Development and initial validation of a parent report measure of the behavioural development of infants at risk for autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 42, 13–22. DOI 10.1007/s10803-011-1208-y.
  • McConnell, D., Aunos, M., Feldman, M. & Prasad, N. G. (2011). Parental cognitive impairment and child maltreatment in Canada. Child Abuse & Neglect, 35, 621– 632.
  • McConnell, D., Feldman, M., Aunos, M. & Prasad, N. G. (2011). Child maltreatment investigations involving parents with cognitive impairments in Canada. Child Maltreatment, 16(1) 21-32.
  • 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.
  • Vause, T., Neil, N., & Feldman, M. (2011). I believe in me, Not OCB! A workbook of group function-based CBT for obsessive-compulsive behaviours in children and youth with ASD. St. Catharines, ON: Brock University.
  • Andrews, A., Bishop, C., Agnew, S., Hamelin, J., Griffiths. D., Owen, F., & Feldman, M. (2010). Teaching health self-advocacy skills to adults with intellectual disabilities.  Welland, ON: Community Living Welland Pelham.
  • Agnew, S., Bishop, C., Gosse, L., Stoner, K., Vyrostko, B., Terreberry, T., Tarulli, D., Tardif-Williams, C., Griffiths, D., Feldman, M., & Owen, F. (2010). Rights, respect and responsibility: Rights in everyday life. Welland, ON: Community Living Welland Pelham.
  • McConnell, D., Feldman, M., Aunos, M. & Prasad, N. (2010). Child welfare process and outcome, Caregiver cognitive impairment: Secondary analysis of the Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect (CIS-2003).Family and Disability Studies, University of Alberta. ISBN: 978-1-55195-262-8.
  • Feldman, M.A. (2005). Comprehensive behavioural assessment and positive behaviour interventions for severe behaviour problems in persons with developmental disabilities. Stockholm, Sweden:
  • Feldman, M.A. (2004). The Family Game: Enhancing parent-child cooperation and rapport to parents with learning problems. 2nd Edition. St. Catharines, ON: Author.
  • Feldman, M.A. (1998). Treatment of behavioural and emotional problems in children and youth with developmental disabilities:Designing and implementing positive behavioural support strategies. Toronto: Safeguards Children’s Services Training.
  • Feldman, M.A., & Case, L. (1993).  Step-by-step child-care: A pictorial manual for parents, child-care workers, and babysitters. Toronto: Authors.
  • McConnell, D., Feldman, M.A., Granqvist, P., Sigurjonsdottir, H., Pacheco, L., Llewellyn, G., & Mildon, R. (2014). Pushing the frontiers of knowledge in the field of parents and parenting with intellectual disability I: There’s nothing so practical as a good theory. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 27(4), 379.
  • Feldman, M.A., & Callow, E. (2014). Pseudoscientific measures and practices in appellate level and higher child welfare cases involving parents with IDD. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 27(4), 337.
  • 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
  • Feldman, M.A. (2016, Sep.). Contextual analysis of child protection and child outcomes in families led by parents with intellectual disabilities. Southern Network of Specialized Care, Annual Research Conference, Woodstock, ON
  • Feldman, M. (2018, May). Promoting generalization and maintenance of mediator skills. . Presented at the Annual Convention of the Association for Behaviour Analysis International, San Diego, CA.
  • Guertin, E., Vause, T., Jaksic, H., Frijters, J. C., & Feldman, M. (2018, May). Exposure-based behavioural intervention for treatment of obsessive compulsive behaviours in a preschooler with intellectual disability. Presented at the Annual Convention of the Association for Behaviour Analysis International, San Diego, CA.
  • Ignatova, E., Feldman, M., & Condillac, R. (2018, Apr.). Ontario quality assurance measures for challenging behaviour: Knowledge and opinions of adult service personnel. OADD Research Day, Kingston, ON
  • Feldman, M., McConnell, D., Aunos, M., & Pacheco, L. (2017, Nov.). Prevalence of child protection outcomes in families led by parents with cognitive impairment in Canada. IASSIDD Asia-Pacific Conference, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Guertin, E., Leathen, N., Jaksic, H., Feldman, M., & Vause, T. (2017, May). Social validity of a multimodal treatment for obsessive compulsive-like behaviours in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Association for Behaviour Analysis International, Annual Convention, Denver, CO.
  • Guertin, E., Vause, T., Jaksic, H., & Feldman, M. (2017, April). Conceptualization and treatment of obsessive compulsive-like behaviours in autism spectrum disorder: Contributions of a functional perspective. Mapping New Knowledges conference at Brock University, St. Catharines, ON.
  • Chartier, K., Feldman, M., Legree, M. Makela, T., Ng, O., & McGowan, N. (2016, May). Impacts of Quality Assurance Measures (O. Reg. 299/10) for adults with intellectual disabilities: Preliminary outcomes of a community partnership on the use of intrusive interventions. Association of Behaviour Analysis International, Annual Convention, Chicago.
  • 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.
  • Feldman, M. (2016, Sep.). Step-by-Step Parenting Program: Preventing Child Neglect Through Competence-based Assessment & Intervention for Parents with Learning Difficulties. Successful Parenting – DC. Washington, DC.
  • Feldman, M. (2016, Jun.). Preventing Child Neglect by At-risk Parents: The Step-by-Step Parenting Program. The Applied Behaviour Analysis Centre, LLC (webinar).
  • Feldman, M. (2016, May.). Step-by-Step Parenting Program: Preventing child neglect through competence-based assessment and intervention for parents with learning difficulties. Arkansas Court Team for Safe Babies, Little Rock, AR
  • Feldman, M. (2016, Apr.). Step-by-Step Parenting Program for parents with learning difficulties. The Applied Behaviour Analysis Centre, LLC (webinar).