is the Director of Applied Developmental Analysis (ADA) Therapy, LLC and is a licensed clinical psychologist (Connecticut and Massachusetts) working with families and schools managing developmental differences. He is also an Adjunct Professor in Psychology at Fairfield University where he teaches Sensation & Perception (the physiological bases of how the senses work) and Developmental Psychology.
After receiving his Doctorate in 1986 from Tufts University, Dr. Weiss was a faculty member in the Schools of Medicine at McGill and Harvard Universities and a staff Psychologist at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal and the Children’s Hospitals in Montreal and Boston. He has worked for more than 30-years consulting to families and school boards across the United States and eastern Canada.
Dr. Weiss has become an internationally recognized lecturer and author on a variety of topics related to child development and developmental disabilities. He has been a regular participant of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), the International Society of Infant Studies (ISIS) and the International Society For Autism Research (INSAR), among others. Dr. Weiss has been a keynote speaker at numerous conferences such as the Annual Meeting of the Autism Society of America and the International Rett Syndrome Association and was an invited speaker to the Vygotsky Lecture Series, University of the Humanities and Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia. He was the senior editor of Newborn Attention: Biological Constraints & the Influence of Experience (1991, co-edited with Philip R. Zelazo, Ph.D.) and has published numerous articles, chapters, and abstracts related to infant and child development. His articles have appeared in well known academic journals such as Developmental Psychology, Child Development, Infant Behavior & Development, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the Journal of Cognition & Development, and Clinical Child Psychology, and he is a featured columnist in the magazine Parents Canada. Dr. Weiss has also published a book about managing children’s behavior (with Sheldon Wagner, Ph.D. and Susan Goldberg, M.A.), titled Drawing the Line: Ten Steps to Constructive Discipline and Achieving a Great Relationship with Your Kids (2006, Warner Books Publisher).
Dr. Weiss was also the featured character in the field documentary television show Real Families, which has recently ended its nine-year run on the Life Network and the Discovery Health Network in Canada. During these years the show also aired on the Oxygen Network in the U.S. and a variety of other networks in the UK & Ireland (Discovery Health), Japan (NHK-Cable), Australia (Discovery Health), China, Israel, Belgium, Finland, Portugal & Mexico. Dr. Weiss is also now being featured in the pilot of a new Canada-based television series (currently in production) addressing teenagers’ mental health issues called Kids on the Skids.
His current research activities are aimed at understanding the impact of movement complications in autism and the literacy abilities of individuals with profound communication differences.
Dr. Weiss is available to provide extensive services to families in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and across North America and you can talk to him through this site — MichaelWeissPhD.com — either blogging or setting up a SKYPE discussion together.