V. Mark Durand is a Distinguished University Professor of psychology at the USF St. Petersburg. Dr. Durand has more than 135 publications. Durand’s research includes the assessment and treatment of severe behavior problems for children and adults with ASD and other disabilities, parent training and the development of treatments for child sleep problems. Most recently he developed a new approach to help families work with their challenging children (optimistic parenting). He and his colleague developed a treatment for problem behaviors (functional communication training – FCT) that is used around the world. His books include textbooks on abnormal psychology that have been translated into more than 10 languages and used at more than 1,000 universities world-wide. He was named a 2014 Princeton Lecture Series Fellow from the (APA). Dr. Durand Past-President of Division 33 (Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities/ASD) for the American Psychological Association.
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